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Notice of Staff Meeting on
PIER Climate Change Research Plan Update

The California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Climate Change Sub-program will conduct a series of technical meetings on important climate change research issues relevant to California. PIER is updating its 2003 Climate Change Research Plan and discussion papers on potential research priorities will be presented in the meetings.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2008
1:00 p.m.
Hearing Room A

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2008
8:30 a.m.
Hearing Room B

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2008
8:00 a.m.
Hearing Room B

MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2008
9:00 a.m.
Hearing Room B

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

The presentations and audio for these meetings will be broadcast via our WebEx web conferencing system. For details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the "Participation through WebEx" section at the end of this notice.

Documents and research papers for these meetings are available online at:

www.energy.ca.gov/research/notices/2008-08-20-22_25_research_plan_meetings/


Purpose

The 2003 PIER Climate Change Research Plan (Plan) provided PIER with a solid blueprint on climate change, and some of the scientific findings obtained via PIER-funded research have been path-breaking in the realms of regional climate change research. With the implementation of much of the original Plan's programs, it is time to update the Plan to reflect the changing research needs for California. In these meetings we will discuss potential PIER research priorities for the next few years on several important topical areas.


Background

In 2003, PIER established the first state-sponsored research program on climate change in the nation with the inauguration of the California Climate Change Center. Since then, PIER has been a leading partner in regional climate change research in the state. Through a close collaboration with other public agencies and the research community, PIER has made a notable contribution to the advancement of regional climate change science that informed policy formulation in California. For an exploration of the PIER-funded research results, please visit http://www.energy.ca.gov/publications/searchReports.php?pier1=Climate Change.

The meetings will feature speakers engaged in research on regional climate change presenting technical discussion papers on potential research priorities. The discussion topics will include such vital issues as energy, water resources, climate monitoring and modeling, public health, greenhouse gas inventory methods, mitigation and adaptation strategies, environmental justice, and social science research.

The meetings are open to the public and there will be an opportunity at the end of each discussion to receive comments from the audience. The highly technical nature of the meetings is especially suitable for technical personnel from local, state, and federal agencies and climate change researchers.


Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Elena Miller, provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us]. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Media Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us]. For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Guido Franco, PIER Climate Change Subprogram Technical Lead at (916) 654-3940, or by e-mail at [gfranco@energy.state.ca.us].

Agenda

Agenda for PIER Climate Change Research Plan Update

Participation through WebEx

To attend this meeting online, please go to https://energy.webex.com Meeting number: 922 179 475 Meeting password: meeting@8

After you login, a prompt will appear on-screen for you to provide your phone number. In the Number box, type your area code and phone number and click OK to receive a call back on your phone for the audio of the meeting. You will receive an immediate call-back from WebEx letting you know that you have entered the meeting. You will be muted upon entry into the meeting to reduce background noise. If you would like to ask a question, click the "raise hand" button and the meeting moderator will un-mute you.

To participate in the meeting by phone only, call (866) 469-3239 Passcode: 922 179 475.

If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical Support number at 1-866-229-3239. Please be aware that the meeting's WebEx audio and on-screen activity may be recorded.