Expert Briefings

Register: California’s 5th Climate Change Assessment Roundtables
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SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research in partnership with the California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) is hosting a series of 6 public roundtables to discuss California-specific information and knowledge gaps that will help inform the scope of climate change research conducted as part of California’s Fifth […]
Watch: Decarbonizing Transportation with Hydrogen
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Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Decarbonizing Transportation with Hydrogen   How can hydrogen help to decarbonize long haul trucking and transit? Watch our CCST Expert Briefing to learn how hydrogen fuel cells work, how they are being improved, and how hydrogen safety is being evaluated for use in transportation. Held September 8, 2022. Moderator: Gia Vacin […]
WATCH: Decarbonizing with Hydrogen: Challenges and Opportunities
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Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Decarbonizing with Hydrogen: Challenges and Opportunities California has made significant strides in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, but there remain many challenges to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. Many experts believe that hydrogen could be key to decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors like cement and steel production, agriculture, and heavy-duty transportation. As […]
Watch: Managing Salinity in the California Delta in a Changing Climate
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  Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Managing Salinity in the California Delta in a Changing Climate   The Delta supplies freshwater to two thirds of all Californians, a $50 billion agricultural industry, and critical habitat for many protected species. Increasing drought and sea level rise is making it more challenging for water managers to meet […]
Watch: The Role of Microgrids in Providing Reliable and Equitable Access to Electricity
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Toward a Disaster Resilient California: The Role of Microgrids in Providing Reliable and Equitable Access to Electricity   Communities across California are designing and installing microgrids to improve their resilience during disasters and to meet their climate change and environmental justice goals. What are microgrids and how can they help ensure all Californian’s have access to […]
Watch: Establishing a Data Infrastructure to Effectively Respond to the Next Disaster
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Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Establishing a Data Infrastructure to Effectively Respond to the Next Disaster     In the fight against COVID-19, the scientific community worked together to provide answers to the policy community and the public as rapidly as they could, yet difficulties in sharing data complicated their ability to do so.  What […]
Watch: How Climate Change Impacts Renewable Energy Production
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Toward a Disaster Resilient California: How Climate Change Impacts Renewable Energy Production   How is climate change impacting California’s renewable energy supply? Watch our CCST Expert Briefing to learn more about how renewable energy sources can be impacted by changing environmental conditions such as cloud cover, smoke plumes, wind speeds, and precipitation levels. Held February 7th, 2022. […]
Watch: The Many Impacts of Drought in the California Delta
  Floating vegetation, which can clog waterways and equipment, becomes more prevalent during drought in the California Delta. |  Photo by Michael Whiting via Shruti Khanna   Toward a Disaster Resilient California: The Many Impacts of Drought in the California Delta   In the past 50 years California has experienced a significant drought about once […]
Watch: Building a Resilient Electrical Grid
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  Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Building a Resilient Electrical Grid   How can we increase the resilience of our electrical grid to large scale disruptive events such as extreme weather or malicious attacks? Watch our CCST Expert Briefing to learn more. Held August 25, 2021. Moderator: Assemblymember Chris Holden California’s 41st Assembly District Expert Panelists: Charles […]
Watch: The Future of Gases in a Decarbonized California
  Toward a Disaster Resilient California: The Future of Gases in a Decarbonized California Download the One Pager     How can carbon neutral gases help to both improve California’s resiliency to disasters and meet the State’s climate goals? Join us for a CCST Expert Briefing to learn more. Held August 16th, 2021. Expert Panelists: […]
Watch: Technologies for Renewable Energy Storage
Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Technologies for Renewable Energy Storage View the One Pager A CCST Expert Briefing held July 20th, 2021 on energy storage technologies that can help improve California’s resiliency to climate change and meet the State’s SB 100 goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. Expert Panelists: Janea Scott, Moderator Senior Counselor to the […]
WATCH: Responding to Wildfires amid Compounding Disasters
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Responding to Wildfires amid Compounding Disasters Held Tues. June 8th   A CCST Expert Briefing on how compounding disasters, like COVID-19 and extreme heat, affect wildfire response in California. Moderated by CCST Executive Director Amber Mace. Expert Panelists: Michael Méndez Assistant Professor, UC Irvine Urban Planning and Public Policy Nicole Meyer-Morse Deputy Director FEMA Consolidated Resource […]
Update: Watch Technological Pathways for Carbon Sequestration in California
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A Virtual CCST Expert Briefing Technological Pathways for Carbon Sequestration in California Held Friday, March 12th 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (PST) Watch the briefing now and download the one pager (PDF):   Watch our CCST Expert Briefing with experts on technologies to capture and store carbon to meet California’s carbon neutrality goals: Moderator: David Stout […]
Update: Watch the Virtual CCST Expert Briefing on Blue Carbon Sequestration
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Update 12/10: The briefing is now available to watch. Download the CCST One Pager. Held in partnership with the California Ocean Science Trust and the Office of Assemblymember Mark Stone, this briefing discusses the role of blue carbon sequestration in coastal habitats in meeting the State’s carbon neutrality goals. Blue Carbon Sequestration Along California’s Coast […]
Update: Watch Now – CCST Releases Report on “The Costs of Wildfire in California”
  Update (10/29/20): The report is now available to download: https://ccst.us/reports/the-costs-of-wildfire-in-california-2/ A Virtual CCST Report Release Briefing: The Costs of Wildfire in California Held Thursday, Oct. 29 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (Pacific) Join CCST for a release and overview of our latest report, “The Costs of Wildfire in California: An Independent Review of Scientific and Technical Information.” […]
Update: Watch Now – Digital Contact Tracing (Exposure Notification) to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
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Download the one pager: CCST Digital Contact Tracing One Pager Digital Contact Tracing (Exposure Notification) to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 Held Mon. Sep. 14, 2020 12pm – 1pm WHAT is digital contact tracing (exposure notification)? HOW does it fit into California’s response? WHAT about security, privacy, and equity?   A CCST Expert Briefing discussion moderated by: Assemblymember […]
NEW DATE: Virtual CCST Expert Briefing on Carbon Sequestration
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  Update 6/25: Video and one pager now available. Natural Pathways for Carbon Sequestration in California Wed. June 24th 2pm – 3pm Join us for a virtual CCST Expert Briefing with a panel of experts including Patty Oikawa (CSU East Bay), Rob Jackson (Stanford), Matthew Potts (UC Berkeley), and Asmeret Berhe (UC Merced) who will […]
CCST Hosts Expert Briefing on Woody Biomass from Wildfire Mitigation
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 SACRAMENTO, CA—On September 19, 2019, CCST hosted a CCST Expert Briefing at the California State Capitol on the Beneficial Uses of Woody Biomass from Wildfire Mitigation, in partnership with the Office of Senator Brian Dahle. It is the fourth in a series on wildfires that CCST has hosted. The panel featured experts Kevin Fingerman from Humboldt State […]
California Wildfires: Lessons from Field Work in Baja California, Mexico
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The 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons in California were the most destructive on record raising a number of complex policy issues across a wide range of topics. I recently had the opportunity to learn about one of these major areas—forest management practices—firsthand by spending a week in Baja California, Mexico with UC Berkeley’s Dr. Scott […]
Update: CCST Expert Briefing discusses Evidence-based Forest Management Strategies for Improved Wildfire Resilience
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Update (6/6/2019): A video recording of the briefing and the one pager are now available on our Expert Briefings page. More information from the briefing can be found by following #CCSTBriefing on Twitter.     Thursday, June 6th, 2019 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Attend In Person: California State Capitol, Room 437 Presented in partnership […]
CCST Expert Briefing to Discuss the Environmental Impacts of Wildfires in California Thursday at State Capitol
The latest in CCST’s Expert Briefing Series brings together researchers to discuss the environmental impacts of wildfires. Sacramento, Calif. | April 3, 2019 | CONTACT: Sarah Brady, [email protected] The California Council on Science & Technology (CCST), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature to provide science and technology information on policy relevant issues, is […]