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
Cal-adapt is a web-based climate adaptation planning tool.
Cal-adapt allows the user to identify potential climate change
risks in specific geographic areas throughout the state. Users
can either query by location, or click on an interactive map to
explore what climate impacts are projected to occur in their area
Released in 2009, this multi-sector strategy is designed to help
guide California’s efforts in adapting to climate change impacts.
The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with
other state agencies, are updating the Climate Adaptation
Strategy in 2012 and will seek public comment in 2013.
The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) offers case
stories, recommended tools, a virtual library of resources, a
directory of organizations and individuals working on climate
adaptation and community forums. CAKE is a joint project of
Island Press and EcoAdapt.
The California Environmental Health Tracking Program hosts
information on the trends and distributions of diseases and
environmental threats across California. Users can view
maps related to climate change vulnerability and query
heat-related illness data by county.
Adaptation planning in the Bay Area is defining what it means to
live with a rising Bay. Access reports and projects by the
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)
that reflects the current state of knowledge regarding the
potential impacts of climate change on the region.
The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) integrates federal
research on climate and global change, as sponsored by thirteen
federal agencies and overseen by the Office of Science and
Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, the
National Economic Council and the Office of Management and
The Oregon Department of Energy maintains a Climate Change Portal
to help meet the challenge of climate change. Access
reports and adaptation guides for different sectors affected by
climate change impacts.
The Beacon Award is sponsored by the Statewide Energy Efficiency
Collaborative, which offers no-cost resources to support the
energy and climate initiatives of California local governments.
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