California Executive Order S-13-08 Requiring State Adaptation Strategy

Approved and signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in November 2008, this executive order requires the California Natural Resources Agency to develop a state Climate Adaptation Strategy in coordination with local, regional, state and federal public and private entities. 

Under the order, the Resources Agency is required to request that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) convene an independent panel to complete the first California Sea Level Rise Assessment Report. The report is to be reviewed every two years. The order also requires all state agencies planning construction projects in areas vulnerable to future sea level rise during the interim period until the NAS report is released, to "consider a range of sea level rise scenarios for the years 2050 and 2100 in order to assess project vulnerability and, to the extent feasible, reduce expected risks and increase resiliency to sea level rise."

The order directs the state's Business, Transportation and Housing Agency to assess the vulnerability of state transportation systems to sea level rise.

The order directs the Governor's Office of Planning and Research to provide state land-use planning guidance related to sea level rise and other climate change impacts.

For more information, the California Climate Adaptation Strategy, Preliminary Transportation Assessment for sea-level rise, and the Sea-Level Rise Interim Guidance Document are all reviewed in this clearinghouse. 

Publication Date: November 14, 2008

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