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The Coastal Conservancy’s climate change work is part of the State of California’s greater efforts to mitigate the causes and prepare for the effects of a changing climate. These efforts—based on many years of scientific, engineering, and economic research—led to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy, which was updated in the 2014 report, Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk. In October 2015, the State released for public review a draft report, Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans; a final release of this report is scheduled for December 2015. More information on California’s efforts to address climate change can be found on the California Natural Resources Agency’s website, Safeguarding California.

Climate Change Resources

Below are lists of California-specific and nationwide sources of information that might be of use to anyone interested in climate change science, policy, and news. These are not meant to be exhaustive lists but rather a selection of current resources that Conservancy staff has found to be especially helpful.

Specific to California

  1. Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk. An update to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy – California Natural Resources Agency, July 2014
  2. Governing California through Climate Change – Little Hoover Commission, July 2014
  3. Sea Level Rise: a Slow Moving Emergency – California State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise, August 2014
  4. Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance: Interpretive Guidelines for Addressing Sea Level Rise in Local Coastal Programs and Coastal Development Permits – California Coastal Commission, 2015
  5. State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance – Ocean Protection Council, 2013
  6. California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA-LCC) – a management-science partnership
  7. Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Science Update – San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun bays, 2015
  8. What We Know: The Reality, Risks, and Response to Climate Change – American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2014
  9. Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, and Future – National Research Council, 2012
  10. Laying the Foundation: How Existing Conservation Areas Have Helped Prepare California for Climate Change –The Nature Conservancy, July 2013
  11. Cal-Adapt – A web-based climate adaptation planning tool
  12. California Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) –This website is full of case studies, libraries, and access to tools.
  13. California Adaptation Forum – Local Government Commission and State of California, August 2014


  1. Third National Climate Assessment. – U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2014
  2. The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change – Executive Office of the President of the United States, July 2014
  3. Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability – IPCC Working Group II Contribution to AR5, March 2014
  4. Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change – IPCC Working Group III Contribution to AR5, April 2014
  5. Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice – National Wildlife Federation, 2014
  6. Considering Multiple Futures: Scenario Planning to Address Uncertainty in Natural Resource Conservation – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 2014
  7. Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States – Michael R. Bloomberg, Henry M. Paulson Jr., and Thomas F. Steyer, June 2014
  8. Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines – Georgetown Climate Center, July 2014
  9. 20 Good Ideas for Promoting Resilience – Georgetown Climate Center, July 2014
  10. Sea Level Rise Adaptation in the Public Sector: Challenges, Solutions, and Opportunities – Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), September 2014
  11. Eco-Adapt – Offers support, training, and assistance to make planning and management less vulnerable.
  12. Georgetown Climate Center – a resource for state and federal climate change policy
  13. National Adaptation Forum – Held every other year, most recently in St. Louis in 2015.
  14. NOAA Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines – 2015
  15. Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments – Public Health Institute and American Public Health Association, 2013

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