California Adaptation Planning Guide: Identifying Adaptation Strategies

APG Advisory Committee
Created: 10/19/2020 -


The California Adaptation Planning Guide (APG), a set of four complimentary documents, provides guidance to support communities in addressing the unavoidable consequences of climate change. The APG, developed by the California Emergency Management Agency and California Natural Resources Agency, introduces the basis for climate change adaptation planning and details a step-by-step process for local and regional climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development.

The APG: Identifying Adaptation Strategies describes selected adaptation strategies, grouped according to the “impact sectors” presented in more detail elsewhere in the APG. This document supports communities following the climate adaptation strategy development process presented in APG: Planning for Adaptive Communities. The climate adaptation strategies included are examples of adaptation policies that can be implemented at a local or regional level. They provide ways to address adaptation needs through planning, development, environmental conservation, and emergency management.

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Adaptation Phase
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Public Health
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Growing season
Infrastructure damage
Ocean acidification
Public health risks
Sea level rise
Habitat/Biome Type