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."
2017 DRAFT CLIMATE ADAPTATION PLAN UPDATE
- 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 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.
- Download and share the Climate Adaptation Planning Fact Sheet (in English and Spanish) and Frequently Asked Questions (English and Spanish) resources.
- Be on the lookout for upcoming public engagement opportunities including community forums, coastal restoration community work days, adaptation awareness walks, community presentations and more - SEE OUR CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR DETAILS
- NEW! (April 1, 2018) 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 is collecting 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 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, will be integrated into the Final Climate Adaptation Plan Update in the springs of 2018.
Size of symbol indicates the number of responses in the symbol cluster
- City is pursuing funding to complete a West Cliff Shoreline Management Plan
- City is updating its Local Coastal Program with sea level rise policies
- City is pursuing funding for a Cost/Benefit analysis of coastal management under business as usual vs. implementation of climate adaptation strategies
- Climate adaptation outreach campaign is underway!
- Developing a monitoring and tracking program
- Adoption by City Council in summer 2018
Submit Comments or Questions (draft released October 3, 2017)
Dr. Tiffany Wise-West
Sustainability & Climate Action Manager