Adaptation Planning Guide

California Climate Adaptation Planning Guide

The California Climate Adaptation Planning Guide (APG) has been finalized and is now available to the public.

The Adaptation Planning Guide provides guidance to support regional and local communities in proactively addressing the unavoidable consequences of climate change. It was developed cooperatively by the California Natural Resources Agency, California Emergency Management Agency, with support from California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo, and with funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the California Energy Commission. The APG was developed under the guidance of an interagency steering committee and a technical advisory panel, and underwent an extensive review process following its release to the public as part of a conference held in April 2012 by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, Confronting Climate Change: A Focus on Local Government Impacts, Actions and Resources.

The APG provides a step-by-step process for local and regional climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development. Usage of the APG is meant to allow for flexibility in the commitment of time, money, and effort to suit the needs of the community.

The APG consists of the Planning Guide overview document and three companion documents for use in various combinations on an as-needed basis:

APG: Planning for Adaptive Communities (7.1MB) – This document presents the basis for climate change adaptation planning and introduces a step-by-step process for local and regional climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development. All communities seeking climate adaptation planning guidance should start with this document.

  • APG: Defining Local and Regional Impacts (5.8MB) – This document provides a more in-depth understanding of how climate change can affect a community. Seven “impact sectors” are included to support communities conducting a climate vulnerability assessment.
  • APG: Understanding Regional Characteristics (21.0MB) – The impact of climate change varies across the state. This document identifies climate impact regions, including their environmental and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • APG: Identifying Adaptation Strategies (4.7MB) – This document explores potential adaptation strategies that communities can use to meet adaptation varying needs. Adaptation strategies are categorized into the same impact sectors used in the APG.