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City of Santa Cruz Approves Climate Adaptation Plan

posted Jan 18, 2012, 10:55 AM by BC Capps   [ updated Feb 29, 2012, 9:54 AM by NBCAI North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative ]
The City of Santa Cruz, CA, has approved a standalone climate adaptation plan, which identifies the City's most significant climate change risks and vulnerabilities, and defines actions to guide "current and future decision makers in protecting our natural and built environment, our residents and visitors, our economic base, and our quality of life."

A first step in the City's adaptation planning process was to assess its vulnerabilities for which the community should prepare:
  • Sea level rise
  • Precipitation patterns that may lead to more extreme storm events
  • Flooding
  • Drought
  • Ocean acidification
  • Cliff erosion
  • Salt water intrusion
  • Urban/wild land fires
  • Ambient temperature changes that may result in species migration, ecosystem endangerment, and increased risk of wildfire
Additional information about the planning efforts is available at: <>