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 East Cliff Dr Tidal Surge

 1955 Santa Cruz Flood

Boardwalk Tidal Surge

 

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

What's New?

  • 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?

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. 

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What's Next?

  • 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

 Phone: 831-420-5433 

email

 

 

 

 

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. 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 March, 2018.