Air Quality Planning and California's Changing Climate

California is home to some of the worst air quality in the country, and climate change will likely make it more difficult to meet health-based air quality standards. This report recommends that air quality planning agencies take steps to understand how climate change could affect air quality improvement efforts, and attainment of the federal 8-hour ozone standard.

This report begins with an overview of the impacts that climate change could have on air quality in California and the challenges that this poses for air quality planners. This is followed by a review of ozone air quality conditions in the state and the relationship to temperature. The report concludes with a discussion of adaptation opportunities and constraints for air quality planning. An appendix provides an overview of the process for demonstrating attainment with federal air quality standards.

Publication Date: November 2008

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