The impacts of climate change—rising sea levels, heat waves, changing precipitation patterns, and ocean acidification, to name just a few—are occurring now. While greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation measures are essential to reduce the magnitude of impacts, a certain amount of warming has already entered into the system, which no amount of GHG reductions can avert. The State of California now requires that local governments address climate change impacts in the update of General Plans and Local Hazard Mitigation Plans. Many local governments throughout the Bay Area and State are working collaboratively to find innovative solutions to the impacts of climate change.
County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability
The County of San Mateo’s Office of Sustainability is leading a collaborative process to prepare for sea level rise and other climate change impacts, known as Sea Change SMC. With funding from the California State Coastal Conservancy, the County developed a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment to better understand what is at risk from sea level rise and what steps the County, cities, and others can take to prepare for the impacts. To learn more, visit the Sea Change SMC website.