San Diego, 2050 is Calling. How Will We Answer?

The San Diego Foundation’s Regional Focus 2050 Study explores what the San Diego region will be like in the year 2050 if current climate change trends continue. The report describes the projected impacts of climate change affecting the San Diego region related to extreme weather events, water supply, wildfires, natural resources and public health, as well as a wide range of adaptive strategies for local leaders to consider. This report is part of an effort by the Climate Education Partners (CEP) to develop and implement a climate change education plan for the San Diego region of California.

Information for this report was provided by a group of more than 40 multidisciplinary experts from local universities, governments, public sector agencies, nonprofits and private sector organizations throughout the San Diego region. Working together, these experts collected the most up-­to-­date science based on historical data and current trends, as well as models that project the various impacts of climate change expected in the region. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego contributed to the science of the report with projections of the risk of coastal flooding, wildfires and other phenomena.

The range of impacts presented in the Focus 2050 Study include changes in temperature and precipitation, drought and impacts on water resources, coastal flooding from sea level rise and storm surge, wildfires, impacts on habitats and species, heat waves and other public health impacts.

Following each of the impact summaries and projections are specific recommended adaptation strategies for regional leaders and policy-makers, organized by sector. 

In addition to the report, Climate Education Partners created a website ( for those seeking to download the report, as well as more information, data and research behind the science included in the report.

Publication Date: July 2014

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