California Coastal Management with a Changing Climate

This report examines the challenges California's coastal managers will face as a result of a changing climate, the adaptation tools available, and the extent to which federal, state, regional and local institutions are prepared for changing conditions. It demonstrates that climate change will reinforce the management tradeoffs that are already present, bringing new challenges to the balancing act between nature and coastal development.

After detailing potential climate impacts to California's coasts, adaptation options and "trade-offs" are presented, including coastal armoring, beach nourishment, addressing building standards and the insurance industry. The report details institutional adaptation capacities and constraints for managing the ocean coastline, and for coastal resources in the San Francisco estuary.  Specific recommendations for improving adaptation capacity are included as well.

Publication Date: November 2008

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Ellen Hanak
  • Georgina Moreno

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  • Best practice

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