This page provides an overview of the steps California is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

California is engaged in both directly planning for climate impacts and incorporating climate adaptation into its existing policies and programs. On November 14, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger required the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) to develop a state Climate Adaptation Strategy in coordination with local, regional, state and federal public and private entities (Executive Order S-13-08). CNRA organized state agencies into seven resource-based sector working groups. Each working group identified both short- and long-term adaptation goals and periodically reports on their progress.

CNRA released a comprehensive statewide Climate Adaptation Strategy in December 2009. The 2009 plan summarizes climate change impacts and recommends adaptation goals for seven sectors: public health, biodiversity and habitat, oceans and coastal resources, water, agriculture, forestry, and transportation and energy.

CNRA released an update to the 2009 plan in July 2014, Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk: An update to the California Climate Adaptation Strategy, in coordination with other state agencies. The 2014 update highlights progress the state has made implementing the 2009 plan, and includes new and refined adaptation goals for the state. In a second phase of research, the Georgetown Climate Center will update this assessment of California's progress to include goals completed under both the 2009 and 2014 plans.

The state also conducts periodic statewide assessments of climate impacts and vulnerabilities. The third assessment, Our Changing Climate 2012: Vulnerability & Adaptation to the Increasing Risks of Climate Change in California, was released in July 2012. This assessment explores local and statewide vulnerabilities to climate change, highlighting opportunities to take concrete action to reduce climate change impacts.

California is in the process of implementing the goals set forth in the 2009 plan and other state initiatives.

(Research last updated June 30, 2014; Click here for a description of our methodology)

The Georgetown Climate Center’s State Adaptation Progress Tracker, which tracks the progress of states in implementing their adaptation plans, is supported by the MacArthur Foundation. 

 
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Sector Adaptation Goals in Progress or Completed

Get a quick view of the progress California is making to prepare for climate change in different areas below. The first number includes goals in progress or completed in California's state adaptation plan.  The second number reflects the total number of goals in each area. For a more detailed look at progress click here or click on one of the sector buttons below. 

Completed Goals from the Agriculture Plan

Completed Goals from the Biodiversity Plan

Completed Goals from the Coasts/Oceans Plan

Completed Goals from the Forestry Plan

Completed Goals from the Infrastructure Plan

Completed Goals from the Public Health Plan

Completed Goals from the Water Plan

 

 

State Law and Policy

Resource Name Resource Type Date
California AB 2800: Climate change: infrastructure planning Law and Governance September 26, 2016
California AB 2722: Transformative Climate Communities Program Law and Governance September 14, 2016
California SB 246 - Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program Law and Governance October 8, 2015
California AB 1482: Climate adaptation strategy Law and Governance October 8, 2015
California SB 379: Land use; general plan; safety element; climate adaptation Law and Governance October 8, 2015
California EO B-30-15: Establishing 2030 CA emissions target, Adaptation initiatives Law and Governance April 29, 2015
California Proposition 1 - Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, Water Bond Law and Governance November 14, 2014
California AB 2516: Planning for Sea Level Rise Database Law and Governance September 21, 2014
2013 California Green Building Code - CALGreen Law and Governance January 1, 2014
California AB 691 - State lands: granted trust lands: sea level rise Law and Governance October 5, 2013
SB 535 - California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Law and Governance September 30, 2012
CA SB 1066 - Climate Ready California Coastal Conservancy Law and Governance September 27, 2012
California Cool Pavements Research and Implementation Act (AB 296, 2012) Law and Governance September 27, 2012
California Ocean Protection Act (amended 2011) Law and Governance January 2011
CA SB 1006: California Strategic Growth Council to incorporate adaptation Law and Governance September 30, 2010
Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Law and Governance December 30, 2009
California Executive Order S-13-08 Requiring State Adaptation Strategy Law and Governance November 14, 2008
California SB 732 - Strategic Growth Council Law and Governance September 2008
California Executive Order S-03-05 - Global warming impacts Law and Governance June 1, 2005

State Agency Plans

Resource Name Sector(s) Covered Date
California Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready Grant Program Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Land use and built environment, Small communities 2017
Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Emergency preparedness, Energy, Forestry, Land use and built environment, Oceans, Public health, Transportation, Water resources March 2016
Safeguarding California: Public Health Sector Implementation Action Plan Public health March 2016
California State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 Update Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Fish and fisheries, Forestry, Land management and conservation, Wildlife February 2016
California Drought Contingency Plan Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Emergency preparedness, Forestry, Land use and built environment, Public health, Tourism and recreation, Water resources January 15, 2016
Climate Change Research Plan for California Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Emergency preparedness, Energy, Forestry, Land use and built environment, Oceans, Public health, Transportation, Water resources February 2015
Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk - Update to the 2009 CA Climate Adaptation Strategy Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Emergency preparedness, Energy, Forestry, Oceans, Public health, Transportation, Water resources July 31, 2014
California Extreme Heat Adaptation Final Guidance Document – Transportation Recommendations Public health, Transportation October 2013
Preparing California for Extreme Heat: Guidance and Recommendations Emergency preparedness, Land use and built environment, Public health October 2013
California Water Plan 2013 Update Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Land use and built environment, Water resources October 2013
California 2013 State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Emergency preparedness September 30, 2013
The Delta Plan Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Fish and fisheries, Land management and conservation, Land use and built environment, Tourism and recreation, Water resources, Wildlife September 1, 2013
Caltrans Activities to Address Climate Change: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Adapting to Impacts Transportation April 2013
State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document 2013 Update Coastal March 15, 2013
California State Coastal Conservancy Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018 Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Land management and conservation, Land use and built environment, Oceans, Tourism and recreation December 6, 2012
California 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan Energy August 23, 2012
California Ocean Protection Council: Five-Year Strategic Plan (2012-2017) - A Vision for Our Ocean and Coast Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Fish and fisheries, Land management and conservation, Oceans February 17, 2012
Climate Action for Health: Integrating Public Health into Climate Action Planning Public health February 2012
California Coastal Conservancy Climate Change Policy and Project Selection Criteria Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Land management and conservation November 10, 2011
San Francisco Bay Plan (California) Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Land use and built environment October 6, 2011
Caltrans Guidance on Incorporating Sea Level Rise - for use in the planning and development of Project Initiation Documents Coastal, Transportation May 16, 2011
Guidance for Addressing Climate Change in California Coastal Conservancy Projects Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Land use and built environment April 4, 2011
2010 California Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines - Recommendations for Adapting the Regional Transportation System to Climate Change Transportation April 7, 2010
California Climate Adaptation Strategy (2009) Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Coastal, Emergency preparedness, Energy, Forestry, Land use and built environment, Oceans, Public health, Transportation, Water resources 2009
Potential for Adaptation to Climate Change in an Agricultural Landscape in the Central Valley of California - Final Report Agriculture and food, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Land use and built environment, Water resources August 2009
California Department of Water Resources Sustainability Policy and Guidelines Water resources April 22, 2009
California Water Plan Update 2009 - Integrated Water Management Biodiversity and ecosystems, Land use and built environment, Water resources 2009

Local and Regional Plans

Resource Name Date
City of Richmond, California Climate Action Plan and Climate Adaptation Study October 26, 2016
Resilient Oakland - It Takes a Town to Thrive October 10, 2016
City of Del Mar, California Climate Action Plan June 6, 2016
Resilient San Francisco - Stronger Today. Stronger Tomorrow. April 18, 2016
City of Berkeley, California Resilience Strategy April 1, 2016
San Francisco Sea Level Rise Action Plan March 2016
San Diego, California Climate Action Plan December 2015
Marin County Climate Action Plan (2015 Update) July 2015
Monterey County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan June 2015
Sustainable City pLAn - Los Angeles, California April 8, 2015
City of Laguna Woods Climate Adaptation Plan December 2014
Guidance for Incorporating Sea Level Rise into Capital Planning in San Francisco September 22, 2014
City Heights, San Diego Urban Greening Plan August 5, 2014
City of Berkeley CA's 2014 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan June 1, 2014
City of Santa Cruz, California, Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Five Year Update (2102 - 2017) May 20, 2014
Santa Clara Valley Water District 2012 Water Supply and Infrastructure Master Plan October 2012
City of Santa Barbara, California Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Study July 2012
Community Based Climate Adaptation Planning: Case Study of Oakland, California July 2012
SPUR Ocean Beach Master Plan for San Francisco – Strategies for Great Highway May 21, 2012
City of Sacramento, California Climate Action Plan February 12, 2012
Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay, California January 2012
City of Santa Cruz, California Climate Adaptation Plan December 13, 2011
City of Santa Cruz Climate Adaptation Plan - Transportation Measures December 2011
City of Chula Vista, California Climate Adaptation Plan May 2011
Integrated Strategies for a Vibrant and Sustainable Fresno County, California March 2011
Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Planning in San Luis Obispo County, California November 2010
City of Pinole, California General Plan Update November 2010
ABAG San Francisco Bay Area Local Hazard Mitigation Plan 2010
Santa Clara Valley, California Water District - Urban Water Management Plan 2010
City of Berkeley, California Climate Action Plan 2009 June 2009
City of San Rafael, California Climate Change Action Plan (April 2009) April 1, 2009
ClimateLA (Los Angeles, California) 2008
Marin Countywide Plan (California) November 6, 2007
GreenLA: An Action Plan to Lead the Nation in Fighting Global Warming (Los Angeles, California) May 2007

More Featured Resources

Resource Name Resource Category Date
Rising Seas in California - An Update on Sea-Level Rise Science Assessments April 2017
California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool - CalEnviroScreen 3.0 Data and tools January 30, 2017
California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER) Funding
'Sea-Level Rise: A Slow-Moving Emergency' CA State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy report Assessments August 2014
California Energy Commission Integrated Energy Policy Report Assessments January 15, 2014
Cal-Adapt planning tool Planning 2014
Indicators of Climate Change in California Assessments August 2013
Caltrans - Addressing Climate Change Adaptation in Regional Transportation Plans: A Guide for California MPOs and RTPAs Planning February 2013
State of California Extreme Heat Adaptation Interim Guidance Document Law and Governance August 31, 2012
California Climate Adaptation Planning Guide Planning July 2012
SPUR Ocean Beach Master Plan for San Francisco – Strategies for Great Highway Planning May 21, 2012
Ocean Beach, California Master Plan Planning May 2012
Our Changing Climate 2012: Vulnerability and Adaptation to the Increasing Risks from Climate Change in California Assessments 2012
Adapting to Rising Tides: Transportation Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Pilot Project Assessments November 2011
Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning Planning November 2011
Climate Change Hits Home: Adaptation Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area Planning May 2011
Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change - A Strategy for California Planning November 2010
California Climate Adaptation Strategy - 2010 Progress Report Monitoring and Reporting November 15, 2010
California Department of Public Health Guide for Health Impact Assessment Assessments October 2010
California Climate Action Team Biennial Report - 2009 CAT Report Assessments April 2010
Interim Federal Action Plan for the California Bay-Delta Planning December 2009
Climate Change Impacts on Water Supply and Agricultural Water Management in California's Western San Joaquin Valley, and Potential Adaptation Strategies - Final Report Assessments August 2009
The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast Assessments May 2009
 

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