Climate change will impact California in a number of critical ways, including impacts on agriculture from changing in weather patterns, water availability, increased severe heat events, droughts, heavy rains, reduced snow pack, rising sea levels, and changes in disease patterns. Thus, California cities and counties need to begin to plan now to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
According to the California Climate Adaptation Planning Guide, there are several basic steps that all communities can go through to develop climate change adaptation strategies. The steps fall into two categories: vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development. Use the resources featured here to help assess which impacts, assets and populations are at risk in your community.
The second phase of developing adaptation strategies in your community, according to the California Adaptation Planning Guide, includes: prioritizing adapting needs, identifying strategies, prioritizing strategies and then phasing in implementation. Use the resources featured here to help identify and evaluate potential strategies to pursue.
View real examples of climate adaptation plans in California to better understand the variety of formats adaptation planning can take. You can also use these examples to help identify strategies which might work in your community.
Helping cities and counties plan for and adapt to climate change impacts is a fairly new field of work. Additionally, many adaptation strategies must be pursued at a regional level. Many of the collaborative regional efforts working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are also starting to address adaptation. Find regional collaboratives in California to help link with other cities and counties working on similar issues.