California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment (Fourth Assessment) builds on the success of past assessments by providing a new generation of downscaled climate projections to understand local impacts and technical studies of climate vulnerabilities and solutions. To address the needs of local and regional governments, the Fourth Assessment includes reports for nine regions of the state. These summary reports were included for the first time as part of the State’s assessment process in part because the vast majority of adaptation planning and implementation will happen at local and regional scales. Each of these reports provides a summary of relevant climate impacts and adaptation solutions for a region of the state.
The regional reports in the Fourth Assessment also provide opportunities to assist local and regional governments in complying with new State mandates to plan for climate impacts through General Plans and Local Hazard Mitigation Plans (SB 379). Related legislation (SB 246) has led the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to start a process to update the California Adaptation Planning Guide.
Workshops will bring together the researchers who authored the regional reports, local and regional government practitioners and community members. Regional events are underway or being planned to help researchers connect with regional stakeholders and adaptation practitioners to communicate their findings, identify gaps that merit further inquiry, and strengthen researcher-practitioner partnerships.
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach
Coordinating Lead Author: Alex Hall, University of California, Los Angeles
Organizers: Climate Resolve and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability
Location: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Board Room. 128 Market Street. Stateline, Nevada 89410
Coordinating Lead Author: Michael Dettinger, United States Geological Survey
Organizers: Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership
Location: Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo (additional remote hub may be available)
Coordinating Lead Author, Central Coast: Ruth Langridge, University of California, Santa Cruz
Coordinating Lead Authors, Coast and Ocean: Jennifer Phillips, Ocean Protection Council; Leila Sievanen, Ocean Science Trust
Location: University of California, Davis
Coordinating Lead Authors: Benjamin Z. Houlton and Jay Lund, University of California, Davis
Organizer: Capitol Region Climate Readiness Collaborative
Coordinating Lead Authors: Julie Kalansky and Daniel Cayan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Organizer: Climate Science Alliance
More information forthcoming
Past Events Related to the Fourth Climate Change Assessment
Location: UC Riverside - Palm Desert Campus
Coordinating Lead Author: Francesca M. Hopkins, University of California, Riverside
Organizer: Climate Resolve
Coordinating Lead Author: David Ackerly, University of California, Berkeley
Organizers: Climate Readiness Institute and the Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network
Location: Third California Adaptation Forum, Sacramento
Organizer: Local Government Commission
Location: Washington, D.C.
Organizer: National Academy of Sciences