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Non-Market Valuation Study of Southern California Beaches

How much is a day at the beach worth? Four economics professors aim to find out. Michael Hanemann and Michael Ward at UC Berkeley, David Layton at UC Davis, and Linwood Pendleton at the University of Southern California are collaborating on a research project to learn about patterns of beach use. Specifically, they are developing a system to estimate the value of beach recreation and the way that value is affected by factors like beach facilities, parking, crowding, and water quality. In recent years, various Southern California beaches have been closed for periods of days to months due to elevated bacteria level, sewage overflow, stormwater runoff or oil spill. Although advisories are posted and pollutants abated after discharge incidents, does beachgoing behavior return to normal or do people have qualms about going back to the beach? It has been argued that tremendous value is lost to the public when beaches are damaged and beach use declines, and some say, this value is never fully recovered. The information gained from this study will be used to improve beach facilities and to address pollution prevention measures.

Principal Investigators:
Michael Hanemann, Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics
Michael Ward, Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics
David Layton, Department of Environmental Science & Policy, University of California, Davis
Linwood Pendleton, Department of International Relations, University of Southern California

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.643.5133
Fax:  510.643.8911
Email:  hanemann@are.berkeley.edu

Start Date: March 2006

Disaster Planning: Mitigation of Collapse Risk in Vulnerable Buildings - Inventory & Loss Estimation

Principal Investigator:
Mary Comerio, Department of Architecture

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.643.0946
Fax: 510.643.9573
Email: mcomerio@berkeley.edu

Start Date: January 2007

Disaster Planning: Disaster Resistant Universities Research and Development Project

  • Hazard assessment and loss estimation;
  • Evaluation of the economic impacts of natural hazards;
  • Development and implementation of a strategic risk management plan;
  • Development of a model program for university disaster resistance; and
  • Progress on national funding for hazards mitigation in research universities.

Principal Investigators:
Mary Comerio, Department of Architecture
Vitelmo Bertero, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Nicholas Jewell, Vice Provost
John Quigley, Department of Economics and Graduate School of Public Policy

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.642.2406
Fax:  510.643.5607
Email:  mcomerio@berkeley.edu

Start Date: February 2006

Stabilizing Neighborhoods through the Arts: Directions for Future Research

  • How do neighborhood-based arts institutions contribute to their communities?
  • To what extend do arts institutions facilitate social interaction between diverse community groups?
  • What are the ways in which unleashing creativity (particularly in local youth) helps to stabilize neighborhoods?
  • Does the recent trend toward arts districts (e.g., Downtown Berkeley) bolster or harm neighborhood-based arts institutions?

Principal Investigators:
Karen Chapple
Heather Hood

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.642.1868
Email:  chapple@berkeley.edu
Website: http://communityinnovation.berkeley.edu

Start Date: July 2006

Community Development Work Study Program

Principal Researchers:
Karen Chapple - P.I.
Robert Ogilvie

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.642.1868
Email: chapple@berkeley.edu
Website: http://communityinnovation.berkeley.edu

Start Date: September 2005

Disability Studies: Ed Roberts Fellowships in Disability Studies

These fellowships help train advanced scholars to become leaders in disability studies and rehabilitation research, teaching and mentorship, recruiting scholars with significant disabilities from minority groups who have not had the opportunity for collaborative cross-disciplinary research study of disability that includes social science and the humanities.

Three 9-month fellowships will be funded each year for five years. They have five components:

  • Research mentorship seminar
  • Classroom training
  • Research internship
  • Independent research
  • Dissemination

Principal Investigators:
Susan Schweik, Department of English
Fred Collignon, Department of City & Regional Planning

Contact Information:
Susan Schweik
Tel: 510.642.2736
Email: sschweik@berkeley.edu

Fred Collignon
Tel: 510.643.6622
Email: fcollig@berkeley.edu
Website: http://ls.berkeley.edu/ugis/ds/index.html

Start Date: February 2006

Environment/Natural Resources: Agriculture in Metropolitan Regions (AMR)

AMR explores issues at the interface of rural and urbanizing areas.

With a population of 35 million, projected to be 50 million in 2030, California is a dynamic example of the historic and impending impacts of growth on a region's land and people. But the phenomenon is global. Its characteristics and consequences are universal and include: displaced rural residents, non-agricultural uses of productive farmland, increased traffic and pollution, diminished ecological and cultural uniqueness, loss of wildlife, and a fraying of people's connection to the sources of their food and water, and the natural world.

In recent years the New Urbanism, Smart Growth, and Green Building movements have dramatically reshaped how communities are conceived, sited, and constructed. At the same time the Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food movements have made organic foods mainstream and farmers markets a basic town center amenity. With the imprimatur of UC Berkeley and AME, "New Ruralism" is emerging as a key new strategy for bridging Smart Growth and Sustainable Agriculture.

Our goal is to focus attention on

  • the importance of agricultural lands within the regional metropolitan framework
  • environmental and other benefits of ecological agriculture to healthy communities
  • socio-economic issues at the urban edge
  • the interdependence of urban and rural land and communities

Principal Investigators:
Elizabeth Deakin, City and Regional Planning
Sibella Kraus

Contact Information:
Email: sibellakraus@berkeley.edu
Website: http://enviro.berkeley.edu/amr

Start Date: March 2007

Environment/Natural Resources: Fallon Nevada Leukemia Cluster: An Integrative Study

Principal Investigator:
John Radke

Investigator:
Howard Foster
Freyja Knapp

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.643.5995
Fax: 510.643.3412
Email: ratt@gisc.berkeley.edu

Start Date: August 2007

 

Environment/Natural Resources: Planning Charrettes for the Future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Related IURD report: ReEnvisioning the Delta: Alternative Futures for the Heart of California

Principal Investigator:
Matt Kondolf

Contact Information:
Fax: 510.643.6166
Email: kondolf@berkeley.edu

Start Date: October 2006

Geographic Information Systems: Interactive Map Technology Development: Pilot Education and Examination Project

Principal Investigator:
John Radke

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.643.5995
Fax: 510.643.3412
email: ratt@gisc.berkeley.edu

Start Date: June 2007
Website:http://www.gisc.berkeley.edu/

Geographic Information Systems: Global Metropolitan Digital Observatory

Ans international consortium of research institutes and academic departments at universities and research institutes from around the world, with partners in England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, Japan, China, Australia, and South Africa, led by the University of California, Berkeley.

Principal Investigators:
John Landis
Elizabeth Deakin
John Radke

Investigators:
Micahel Batty
Anthony Yeh
Martin Dijst
Yoshitsuga Hayashi

Contact Information:
Tel:  642-4749
Fax: 510.643.5456
Email: edeakin@berkeley.edu

Start Date: October 2006

Housing/Real Estate Development: Mexico’s Emerging Suburbia: Local Impacts of National Housing Policy

Principal Investigator:
David Dowall

Investigator:
Paavo Monkkonen

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.642.6579
Fax: 510.643.9576
Email: dowall@berkeley.edu

Start Date: July 2008

Housing/Real Estate Development: The Pattern and Distribution of the Economic Effects of Plutonium Deposition in the Denver Metropolis

Principal Investigator:
John Radke, Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.643.5995
Fax: 510.643.6166
Email: ratt@ratt.net

March 2006

Housing/Real Estate Development: Estimating the Supply of Infill Sites, the Capacity for Infill Development, and the Demand for Infil

The study includes the following components:

  • Development of an inventory of potential infill sites, including currently vacant (“infill”) parcels, as well as sites that are occupied but potentially appropriate for redevelopment (“refill”).
  • Based on local criteria and current development densities, an estimation of the potential housing capacity of these sites, as well as the jobs-creation possibilities of selected sites.
  • Provision of this information on a site-by-site basis via the “California Digital Conservation Atlas” GIS website.
  • An assessment of the potential market demand for infill development, both present and future.
  • A final report describing the study’s methodology and summarizing its major findings.

Principal Investigators:
John Landis, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning
Heather Hood, Director of Community Partnerships, IURD

Start Date: March 2006

Housing/Real Estate Development: Evaluation of the Smart Housing Pilot Program

Principal Investigator:
Karen Christensen, Department of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.642.3111
Fax:  510.642.1641
Email:  kchriste@berkeley.edu

Start Date: March 2006

Land Use/Modeling the Spatial Dynamics and Environmental and Resource Impacts of US Metro Growth and Change

Principal Investigators:
John Landis
Frank Davis
Robert Cervero
Michael Hanemann

Contact Information:
Tel:  510.642.1692
Fax:  510.642.1641
Email:  robertc@berkeley.edu

Start Date: January 2006

Metropolitan/Regional Development: Building Successful Regions

Related IURD report: Collaboration Is Not Enough

This project uses the lens of economic and demographic regional challenges to investigate how regions matter now, what constitutes regional success and resilience (defined as success over time) in the face of these challenges, and what factors, including regional asset bases, governance modes, actor choices and civic practices, help to build and sustain regional success and resilience.

The project interweaves quantitative data analysis, qualitative case studies, and other targeted methods (including GIS mapping, organizational surveys, and content analysis) to generate theoretical and practical insights.

Principal Investigator:
Margaret Weir

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.643.1602
Email: mweir@berkeley.edu
Website: http://brr.berkeley.edu/

Poverty/Social Welfare/Law: The Changing Territories of Poverty and Opportunity: An Ethnographic Study of the SF Housing Authority

Principal Investigator:
Ananya Roy

Investigator:
Jane Rongerude

Contact Information:
Tel:  510.642.4938
Fax:  510.642.1641
Email:  ananya@berkeley.edu

Start Date: September 2005

Poverty/Social Welfare/Law: Welfare Policy Research Project

Principal Investigator:
John Radke
Contact Information:
Tel: 510.643.5995
Fax: 510.643.3412
Email: ratt@gisc.berkeley.edu

Start Date: February 2008

Poverty/Social Welfare/Law: The New Global Order of Poverty Management

Principal Investigator:
Ananya Roy

Contact Information:
Tel:  510.642.4938
Fax:  510.642.1641
Email:  ananya@berkeley.edu

Start Date: April 2006

Public Education: UC Links

Principal Investigator:
Deborah McKoy

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.643.3105
Fax: 510.643.9576
Email: debmckoy@berkeley.edu
Website: http://citiesandschools.berkeley.edu

Start Date: September 2008

Strategic Planning: Trends in Local Infrastructure Investment in California

Principal Investigator:
David Dowall

Contact Information:
Tel:  510.642.6579
Fax:  510.643.9576
Email:  dowall@berkeley.edu

Start Date: July 2005

Strategic Planning: California at 50,000,000: A Colloquium on the State's Demographic, Economic & Environmental Future

Principal Investigator:
David Dowall

Contact Information:
Tel:  510.642.6579
Fax:  510.643.9576
Email:  dowall@berkeley.edu

Start Date: May 2004

Transportation: Proposal for Establishing a University of California Infrastructure Institute

We will invite faculty and researchers in a wide variety of fields to participate in the UC Infrastructure Institute: City and Regional Planning, Economics and Business, Education, Energy, Natural Resources, Engineering, Information Systems, Law, Public Policy, Transportation, and Water Resources. Accordingly, we have initially identified faculty at UCLA, Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside and San Diego for participation in the Institute, and should we be given the green light to proceed in developing the Institute concept, we will invite other colleagues to collaborate with us.

Principal Investigator:
David Dowall

Investigators:
Arpad Horvath
Samer Madanat

Contact Information:
Tel: 510.642.6579
Fax: 510.643.9573
Email: dowall@berkeley.edu

Start Date: June 2007

Transportation: Freeway Desconstruction and Urban Renewal: Land Market and Transportation Impacts

Freeway "deconstruction" marks an abrupt shift in urban priorities in places like San Francisco, Portland, and Milwaukee. Priorities are shifting away from designing cities to enhance mobility toward promoting economic and environmental sustainability, livability, and social equity. This project will investigate the economic trade-offs and distributional implications of freeway demolitions, drawing from case-study experiences and quantitative analyses. Case-study work will probe the institutional and planning contexts of freeway removals based on experiences with the Park East Freeway in Milwaukee and the Central Freeway in San Francisco. The quantitative analyses will focus on San Francisco's two notable yet different freeway demolitions - the Embarcadero Freeway and Central Freeway.

Principal Investigator:
Robert Cervero

Contact Information:
Tel:  510.642.1692
Fax:  510.642.1641
Email:  robertc@berkeley.edu

Start Date: August 2005