Impacts and Adaptation

Californians are not strangers to extreme weather events. Wildfires, floods, droughts, mudslides, crop failures and other disasters have threatened California communities since the stateís inception. Each year these events take lives, destroy land and property, and cost residents and businesses billions of dollars. Strong scientific consensus makes clear that climate change will cause more frequent and extreme weather events in California that put residents, communities and our economy at risk. The increasing impacts of climate change are coming to California.

The Stateís efforts to address extreme climate events focuses on strengthening the stateís planning and disaster preparedness efforts and explore reasonable and practical actions to make our communities safer and more resilient to climate change. OPR is coordinating with other agencies in the State to develop guidance on how local governments can proactively prepare for extreme events.

A broad range of leaders in California from the fields of science, public safety, health, business, labor, agriculture, and local government, including national and international experts, are working on this challenging issue. OPR will be reaching out to our local government partners as resources are developed to assist with proactively planning for extreme climate events.

Impacts and Adaptation Local Government Conference and Workshops

The Governorís Office of Planning and Research is co-hosting several events throughout the State to connect local governments to available resources to address this important issue.

Confronting Climate Change: A Focus on Local Government Impacts, Actions and Resources
April 9, 2012 at the California Endowment, 1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA.

This one-day event will provide a summary on the most recent scientific understanding of climate change impacts to cities and counties throughout California and outline the tools and resources for local governments to address climate change impacts. Discussions will focus on coordinated regional efforts, funding opportunities and strategies to reduce risk and impacts that will create jobs and help local economies. The event will also offer opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and networking between local governments in attendance.

For more information, please visit the event page.

Extreme Event Resources

California Resources Agency Adaptation Website
Current and Future Impacts of Extreme Events in California (2009)
Climate Change Resources
The Governor's Conference on Extreme Climate Risks and California's Future
Impacts and Adaptation Local Government Conference