The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program, the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative on Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - USA (ICLEI), has developed a City-led, science-based, and stakeholder-supported process to begin climate adaptation planning.
This partnership, AdaptLA, engages local businesses, industry experts, L.A. representatives, public utilities, and environmental organizations for considerable stakeholder collaboration and interagency coordination. The plan is to first identify vulnerable assets, resources and communities of Los Angeles, and then provide guidance for adaptation strategies.
USC Sea Grant assembled a team of experts to help evaluate the extent of risk - examining physical, social, ecological and economic vulnerabilities to sea level rise.The first effort was a scientific study focused on the impacts of coastal change and evaluating the vulnerabilities of sea level rise on the City's coastal assets, resources and communities.
AdaptLA also researched the social vulnerability of L.A.’s coastal communities. U.S. Census data was used to screen for socioeconomic characteristics of communities that, when faced with the threats of climate change, had higher sensitivity and lower adaptive capacity.
USC Sea Grant continues to work with the City as it develops adaptation strategies for other climate-driven hazards and vulnerabilities. In addition, USC Sea Grant will continue its work with LARC to develop a multi-sectoral sea level rise planning process for the entire L.A. region.
- ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
- University of Southern California Sea Grant
- Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)