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Climate Change Contacts

Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Clean Energy & Climate Change
— Adaptation

Image of the cover of the National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change

National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change
The Strategy sets out long-term goals and specific actions that are EPA's contributions to national efforts to prepare for, and build resilience to, the impacts of a changing climate on water resources.

Image of the cover of Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning

Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

This new guide provides a framework for considering climate change in water management planning and was jointly prepared by the EPA, Calif. Department of Water Resources, Resources Legacy Fund, and the Corps of Engineers.


Adaptation is the way that we minimize damage and loss that could result from climate change by reducing the vulnerability of our natural and human systems.

In some places, governments are already engaged in significant adaptation actions. For example, low-lying islands, like those in Kiribati, Exiting EPA (disclaimer) have population relocation programs underway, as negotiated under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

Many governments are now at the planning stage on adaptation strategies, considering climate change impacts for new infrastructure, building higher seawalls, planning for water shortages due to drought, and considering how to react to more rain and snow due to stronger storms.

Even if we are able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many climate change effects will last for years to come. Adaptation is an important part of managing these impacts. The social and economic costs of adaptation to climate change will be substantial, especially in economically disadvantaged areas.

State Adaptation Activities

California's current adaptation strategy Exiting EPA (disclaimer) outlines a plan for managing a variety of climate change impacts, establishing working groups to review decisions ranging from species protection to wildfire to water supply management.

The Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium Exiting EPA (disclaimer) brings together natural resource managers, scientists and others to collaboratively understand and reduce the negative impacts of climate change on Bay Area ecosystems and communities. In addition, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Exiting EPA (disclaimer) is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Services Center Exiting EPA (disclaimer) to work with Bay Area communities to begin planning for sea level rise. For Example, the Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Exiting EPA (disclaimer) project brought community members together with local and state officials, to better understand how sea level rise and other climate change impacts will affect the Bay Area's ecosystems, infrastructure, and economy.

Hawaii's Coastal Zone Management Program Exiting EPA (disclaimer) is also building a comprehensive approach to climate change adaptation in the state.

Additional Resources

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