Programs and Resources
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
- Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk. An update to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy – California Natural Resources Agency, July 2014
- Governing California through Climate Change – Little Hoover Commission, July 2014
- Sea Level Rise: a Slow Moving Emergency – California State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise, August 2014
- Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance: Interpretive Guidelines for Addressing Sea Level Rise in Local Coastal Programs and Coastal Development Permits – California Coastal Commission, 2015
- State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance – Ocean Protection Council, 2013
- California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA-LCC) – a management-science partnership
- Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Science Update – San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun bays, 2015
- What We Know: The Reality, Risks, and Response to Climate Change – American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2014
- Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, and Future – National Research Council, 2012
- Laying the Foundation: How Existing Conservation Areas Have Helped Prepare California for Climate Change –The Nature Conservancy, July 2013
- Cal-Adapt – A web-based climate adaptation planning tool
- California Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) –This website is full of case studies, libraries, and access to tools.
- California Adaptation Forum – Local Government Commission and State of California, August 2014
- Third National Climate Assessment. – U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2014
- The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change – Executive Office of the President of the United States, July 2014
- Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability – IPCC Working Group II Contribution to AR5, March 2014
- Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change – IPCC Working Group III Contribution to AR5, April 2014
- Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice – National Wildlife Federation, 2014
- Considering Multiple Futures: Scenario Planning to Address Uncertainty in Natural Resource Conservation – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 2014
- 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
- Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines – Georgetown Climate Center, July 2014
- 20 Good Ideas for Promoting Resilience – Georgetown Climate Center, July 2014
- Sea Level Rise Adaptation in the Public Sector: Challenges, Solutions, and Opportunities – Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), September 2014
- Eco-Adapt – Offers support, training, and assistance to make planning and management less vulnerable.
- Georgetown Climate Center – a resource for state and federal climate change policy
- National Adaptation Forum – Held every other year, most recently in St. Louis in 2015.
- NOAA Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines – 2015
- Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments – Public Health Institute and American Public Health Association, 2013
Climate Change News
- News Release: Dredged Sediment from San Francisco Bay to be used for Wetland RestorationOAKLAND, CA – This summer, in an innovative contract, sediment dredged from within the San Francisco Bay will be placed at Bay restoration sites to support healthy wetlands, rather than offloaded into the ocean or Bay. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or The Corps) maintains federal navigation channels in the Bay for shipping, […] (Read more on News Release: Dredged...)
- 6/12 Webinar: Cardiff Beach Living Shoreline ProjectPlease join us for a webinar on Wednesday, June 12 from 12-1pm to hear from Evyan Sloane of the Coastal Conservancy on the Cardiff Beach Living Shoreline Project. Collaborators and stakeholders celebrated the multi-benefit natural infrastructure project in May 2019 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The project protects Highway 101 and provides ecological benefits to biodiversity […] (Read more on 6/12 Webinar: Cardiff...)
- Coastal Conservancy Awards $12.5 Million for Coastal Restoration and Protection ProjectsSACRAMENTO – Today, the Board of the State Coastal Conservancy awarded over $12.5 million in grants for the protection and restoration of California’s coast and the San Francisco Bay. Grantees included public agencies, cities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose purposes are consistent with the Conservancy’s enabling legislation. Among the grants awarded were $3.9 million to […] (Read more on Coastal Conservancy Awards...)
- Coast & Ocean Archive
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