Mitigation vs. Adaptation
Climate mitigation is any action taken to permanently eliminate or reduce the long-term risk and hazards of climate change to human life and property such as reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.
Climate adaptation is defined by the IPCC* as the, “...adjustment in natural or human systems to a new or changing environment. Adaptation to climate change refers to adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities."
WEST CLIFF DRIVE ADAPTATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN
The City of Santa Cruz was awarded a CalTrans grant, funded by SB1 and "gas tax" monies to assess climate threats to 2.5 miles of West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz's most famous coastal scenic roadway. The project will include a base assessment and an inventory of current conditions, as well as a cost benefit and funding strategies analysis, conceptual design of alternative options, and a final plan with actionable tasks and policies by the end of 2021. Community outreach and feedback will be heavily considered in the decision making process. If you would like to be added to the email outreach list for the West Cliff Drive Adaptation and Management Plan, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018-2023 FINAL CLIMATE ADAPTATION PLAN UPDATE
The 2018-2023 Climate Adaptation Plan Update was adopted by City Councilon October 9, 2018. It culminates a 2 year process of studies, outreach and other updates. A spanish language version of the 2018-2023 Climate Adaptation Plan Update is also available here: ACTUALIZACIÓN DEL PLAN DE ADAPTACIÓN CLIMÁTICA.
The Climate Adaptation Plan Update is being adopted at the same time as the 2018-2023 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, which has been approved by California Office of Emergency Services and FEMA.
- The City's first sea level rise vulnerability assessment, producing climate hazard map projections at 2030, 2060 and 2100.
- The City's first social vulnerability assessment, producing maps with census blocks deemed the highest socially vulnerable as they intersect with climate hazard map projections.
- Updated non-coastal impacts and progress made since 2011 Plan adopted
- Updated and prioritized adaptation strategies
How can I learn more and be involved?
- Download and share the Climate Adaptation Plan Project Fact Sheet (in English and Spanish) and Frequently Asked Questions (English and Spanish) resources.
- Review the 2017 Draft Climate Adaptation Plan Update (Actualización del Plan de Adaptación Climática - Borrador) and the 2017 Climate Adaptation Plan Update Progress slide deck presented to City Council in August, 2017.
- The West Cliff Drive Shoreline Adaptation and Management Plan project starts in October, 2018! There will be a robust public engagement campaign to develop the community vision for West Cliff Drive. Email the Sustainability & Climate Action Manager to be involved in the public engagement component of this project!
- Be on the lookout for upcoming public engagement opportunities including community forums, coastal restoration community work days, adaptation awareness walks, community presentations and more
- Check out our climate action sheets for residents that include pointers for emissions reductions and climate adaptation preparedness.
What Climate Change impacts are residents concerned about and where?
As part of the City's Climate Adaptation outreach campaign, launched in November 2017 at a City Hall to YOU event in Seabright, the Climate Action Program collected geospatial data from residents on where they have experienced or concerned about climate change impacts. You can find the cumulative results from data collected at public events through July 2018 on the map below. Click the "-" button in the upper left hand corner to see data at a finer resolution. This information, as well as other data gleaned from participatory activities at the outreach events, was integrated into the Final Climate Adaptation Plan Update.
Size of symbol indicates the number of responses in the symbol cluster
Have Comments or Questions?
Dr. Tiffany Wise-West
Sustainability & Climate Action Manager