Our Changing Climate 2012: Vulnerability & Adaptation to the Increasing Risks from Climate Change in California
Created: 12/18/2013 -
Our Changing Climate 2012 highlights important new insights and data, using probabilistic and detailed climate projections and refined topographic, demographic and land use information. The findings include:
- The state’s electricity system is more vulnerable than was previously understood.
- The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is sinking, putting levees at growing risk.
- Wind and waves, in addition to faster rising seas, will worsen coastal flooding.
- Animals and plants need connected “migration corridors” to allow them to move to more suitable habitats to avoid serious impacts.
- Native freshwater fish are particularly threatened by climate change.
- Minority and low-income communities face the greatest risks from climate change.
- There are effective ways to prepare for and manage climate change risks, but local governments face many barriers to adapting to climate change; these can be addressed so that California can continue to prosper.
State / Provincial
Conservation / Restoration
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Culture / communities
Public safety threats
Sea level rise