Marcia Hale presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Geographers in March 2016, exploring conflict and change in the Los Angeles urban water system. Many changes are being proposed for this system as a result of compounding pressures including drought and an aging infrastructure. CCSC research found strong variation in the objectives driving […]
SUMMARY: Groundwater use in California has historically been unregulated. Los Angeles County is one exception, with seven adjudicated groundwater basins where pumping rights are established and overseen by court-appointed groundwater masters. Groundwater rights were collectively allocated to those who could show a record of pumping through the legally negotiated adjudications. Rights are codified and can […]
SUMMARY: As a first step to building further integrated water management spatial data infrastructure, the CCSC recommends the creation of a universal ID system that assigns standardized numeric identifiers to California’s water entities. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code equivalents should be mandatory for all state water management agencies. These codes would create a unique spatial […]
SUMMARY: Nearly 100 public and private entities (with over 3,000 connections) are involved in the management of potable water supplies in metropolitan Los Angeles. Suppliers include city agencies, special districts, Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), Municipal Water Districts (MWDs), and Mutual Water Companies (MWCs). These organizations receive water from many sources, including imports from outside the […]
Water Management in Los Angeles County: a Research Report PI: Stephanie Pincetl, Director CCSC Co-PI Madelyn Glickfeld, Director WRG In 2012, the Haynes Foundation awarded the California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) at UCLA a multi-year grant to research the water management and supply system in Los Angeles County. This research was designed to assess the […]
“Smart city” strategies often look to develop interconnected information and communications technologies, which make urban systems like public transit, water supply, or even civic engagement platforms more effective. Yet, even before such capacities are available, cities should utilize available data sets to support sustainable planning. CCSC Presentation on Smart Cities All of the American Association […]
In Los Angeles, groundwater pumping from managed basins provides critical water supplies to agencies throughout the region. The distribution of pumping rights, originally outlined in negotiated agreements, has changed over time and must continue evolving to support new policy goals emphasizing increased reliance on local water supplies. CCSC Presentation Groundwater For additional information, visit the […]
Confronting Standards and Nomenclature in Spatial Data Infrastructures: A Case Study of Urban Los Angeles County Geospatial Water Management Data
Dr. Miriam Cope and Dr. Stephanie Pincetl published a paper in the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 2014, Vol.9, 36-58 Abstract This paper examines the problem of insufficient and often inaccurate water management boundary data in California. Due to fragmented water management in California, no central government agency is responsible for coordinating water […]
Erik Porse, Madelyn Glickfeld, Keith Mertan, and Stephanie Pincetl recently published a paper titled Pumping for the masses: Evolution of groundwater management in metropolitan Los Angeles in GeoJournal. Abstract Groundwater supports many aspects of human life. In cities, groundwater can provide a cost-effective source of water for drinking and industrial uses, while groundwater basins provide storage. The role of groundwater in a […]
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Next City wrote an article about Dr. Pincetl and the California Center for Sustainable Communities’ urban metabolism research. “Urban Metabolism” Could Beat “Sustainability” in a Buzzword Contest, by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Nex City, December 23, 2014 Several years ago, the California Energy Commission approached Pincetl about trying to better understand energy use in the area. She was […]
For 100 Years, Humans Made Southern California Green. Now, the Drought Is Returning Our Landscape to Its Rightful Color Palette.
The California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA (CCSC) is analyzing the complex system of water governance in Los Angeles County. Water is imported into Los Angeles County from the Colorado River, the Owens Valley, and the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta. It is also available through native groundwater, stormwater, and wastewater. Over 100 different public, […]
Stephanie Pincetl, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, speaks about her continued work to map the different organizations and entities that control water in Los Angeles.
CCSC Director Dr. Stephanie Pincetl was invited by the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at UC Davis to present a lunchtime talk on April 5, 2013. Dr. Pincetl presented the Center’s Urban Metabolism (UM) research, specifically transportation’s role in the analysis. Some key points from the presentation include: Transportation is a part of the larger […]
An urban metabolism framework can be used to assess urban sustainability. Conventionally, the framework analyzes direct material, energy and waste flows associated with urban environments to understand the consequent energy and environmental impacts of these flows. However, the conventional framework has at least three serious deficiencies if urban metabolism studies are to inform policy—namely the […]
UCLA is collaborating with research partners at Arizona State University, University of California Davis and the Los Angeles Economic Roundtable to develop an updated urban metabolism framework that can measure the energy flows of contemporary cities. This methodology expands on the traditional urban metabolism framework, which is based on material flow analysis. Traditional urban […]
This literature review surveys the various conceptual and empirical studies associated with performance systems based research on urban flows. The review discusses the implications of these studies to larger research and policy questions to highlight points of convergence as well as areas of debate and opportunities for further research. Please click here to view the full report.
The objective of this project is to create a Community-Wide Energy Use Protocol and comprehensive energy baselines for California communities. These community baselines will be the first to capture direct, indirect, and supply chain energy. Integrating life-cycle accounting offers an assessment of how decisions result in effects within and beyond political borders. The Protocol will […]
ULTRAEX Dynamics of urban ecosystem services and their relationship to ecohydrology: Exploratory study for a Los Angeles Urban Long-Term Research Area (LA-ULTRA)
This research aims to understand water management and water consumption associated with the urban forest and outdoor landscaping in the city of Los Angeles, CA. Ecosystem services derived from water and vegetation support human well-being, including economic productivity, environmental quality, and processes that are important for human life. Yet in the urban environment, the magnitude, […]
Public Interest Energy Research for the California State Energy Commission on Energy and Community Systems
After successfully developing a White Paper for the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program of the California State Energy Commission outlining a new approach to research on energy use in the state’s communities, we are developing a follow up research roadmap for the Commission. The new approach we proposed is based on the concept of […]
Presentation by the Center for Sustainable Urban Systems and Center for Climate Change Solutions. Click here to see the presentation.
Presentation by the Center for Sustainable Urban Systems and Center for Climate Change Solutions. Click here to view the presentation.
Key note presentation by Stephanie Pincetl at the 12th annual meeting of the NSF Long Term Ecological Research Program on Phoenix at Arizona State University. Click here to view the presentation.
Analysis of the Implementation of Proposition O, a Stormwater Quality Improvement Initiative in Los Angeles
In November 2004, Los Angeles voters passed Proposition O, to help achieve water quality requirements set by the Regional Water Quality Control Board for coastal waters and beaches. It authorized the City of Los Angeles to issue $500 million in general bonds for projects to protect public health by cleaning up and preventing pollution in […]