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Partner project: Climate Ready North Bay

posted May 2, 2016, 12:44 AM by NBCAI North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative
What is North Bay Climate Ready? To create a framework for adapting to climate change, decision-makers working in Northern California’s watersheds need to define climate vulnerabilities in the context of site-specific opportunities and constraints relative to water supply, land use suitability, wildfire risks, ecosystem services, biodiversity, and quality of life. Working in partnership with the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) and the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative (NBCAI), Pepperwood’s Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative ( has developed customized climate vulnerability assessments with select natural resource agencies of California’s Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Mendocino counties via “Climate Ready North Bay,” a public-private partnership funded by the California Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program.

The goal of Climate Ready North Bay is to engage natural resource agencies, including water agencies, parks, and open space districts, and other municipal users to collaboratively design climate vulnerability information products specific to their jurisdictions, mandates, and management priorities. With agency input guiding the development of the vulnerability assessments, spatially-explicit data products are now available to help local governments and agency staff implement informed and effective climate adaptation strategies. These products include customized maps, graphs, and summary technical reports tailored to site-specific resource management challenges, located within specific North Bay watersheds. 

Project Partners: North Bay Climate Ready is a project by the Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Consortium (TBC3). Project partners are California Coastal Conservancy; North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative; Sonoma County’s Regional Climate Protection Authority, Water Agency, Regional Parks, and Agricultural Protection and Open Space District; Napa County; Marin Municipal Water District; Mendocino Flood Protection and Water Conservation District.

Project Funders: California Coastal Conservancy, Sonoma County Water Agency, Marin Municipal Water District, Napa County, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.