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
Local governments need to”adapt” or make changes to prepare
for and negate the effects of climate change, thereby reducing
the vulnerability of communities and ecosystems. By adapting to
cope with the effects of climate change, communities, enterprises
and institutions can build up their climate change resilience.
The resources in this section can help local agencies in their
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. Many of the collaborative
regional efforts that have been working to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions are now also starting to address adaptation. Find
regional collaboratives in California to help link with other
cities and counties working on similar issues.