New Report Stresses Urgency of Preparing California for Climate Change

A new study by the National Research Council supports earlier research showing accelerated sea level rise and underscores the need for state and federal agencies to take preemptive action.

The study, Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, and Future, finds that previous data showing accelerated sea level rise is consistent with their research conclusions. Requested by numerous state and federal agencies, the review will be used to ensure that California is safeguarding its citizens, strengthening its economy and minimizing impacts to natural resources by investing in climate-ready development and infrastructure.

California has developed a statewide approach to reducing the risks from climate change impacts, summarized in the California Adaptation Strategy of 2009, which is currently being updated with an anticipated completion date of Decem­ber 2012.

“Our coast and ocean largely define California. Because of that, we must be keenly aware of and plan for sea level rise,” said California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird. “The National Research Council’s study will help policymakers and planners prepare for the next century.”

The full study can be found here.