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Coastal California Adaptation Policy Briefs

Center for Ocean Solutions - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Created: 9/03/2018 - Updated: 1/04/2019


The Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions collaborated with the Natural Capital Project and Stanford Law School to foster a transition from adaptation planning to implementation. Our team engaged planners, managers and others at the city, county and state levels to identify policy and decision-making gaps in the coastal adaptation context. We specifically targeted local communities currently updating their planning documents, such as Local Coastal Programs. This evolved into an investigation of a wide range of legal, nancial and engineered strategies, including legal considerations, potential tradeoffs, and key examples of these strategies when possible.

This compilation of coastal adaptation policy briefs on topics we co-identified with local communities throughout California reflects our research on these topics. Our work aims to provide clarity and information regarding the implementation of particularly salient adaptation strategies and topics. While these compiled resources were developed with a particular focus on local decisionmaking in California, the information can inform similar adaptation work elsewhere.


Published On

Saturday, March 31, 2018


Sector Addressed: 
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Governance and Policy
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations

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