Climate Change Hits Home: Adaptation Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area

SPUR, San Francisco Foundation, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
Created: 2/09/2017 -

Abstract

We have known about the perils of climate change for more than two decades. But global efforts to slow it down by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions have largely failed. Even if we could stop producing greenhouse gases tomorrow, the high concentration of carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere will cause the climate to continue to change. As a result we must not only intensify our efforts to reduce climate change but start preparing for its inevitable effects.

In this report, SPUR addresses how we should adapt to climate change in the Bay Area, including which tools and strategies will make us resilient to its most severe impacts, including drought, higher temperatures and sea level rise. We recommend more than 30 strategies for local and regional agencies to begin minimizing the region’s vulnerabilities to these long-term but potentially catastrophic effects.

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Keywords

Scale
Community / Local
Sector Addressed
Energy
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Research
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Biodiversity
Flooding
Precipitation
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Water supply
Habitat/Biome Type
Coastal
Region
Southwest