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SCAG Climate Adaptation Framework

Intro

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is in the process of preparing a comprehensive adaptation planning framework for its six counties and 191 cities to support regional climate adaptation planning. With climate change, the SCAG region may experience extreme events more frequently, including air quality degradation from wildfires, inland flooding and mudslides from torrential rainstorms, coastal flooding from sea level rise, and urban heat island effects from unusually high temperatures. This project will provide resources and implementation tools for local jurisdictions, regional planning agencies, and other entities to incorporate adaptation planning into local planning efforts. This will help local jurisdictions meet the goals of Senate Bill 379, which requires that climate change adaptation and resilience be addressed in the safety element of all general plans in California.

 This survey refers to "climate change threats" and "adaptation strategies."  The below  provides definitions of climate threats and adaptation strategies:
  • Climate change threats are a change in climate which could lead to new or increased hazards. One climate threat is the potential for change in precipitation patterns to lead to more droughts and corresponding concerns with water supply. 
  • Adaptation strategies are a way to change behaviors to better suit a new environment. In the case of the climate threat posed by more severe droughts and water supply concerns, a jurisdiction may find ways to modify water demand (requiring low-water use fixtures and xeriscaped yards, for example).
Many of these adaptation strategies may already be in place to address the day-to-day uncertainties which we all must face. However, it is important to consider whether the hazards that each community face will change in the future or become more severe. 

The purpose of this survey is to understand you or your organization’s level of interest in climate adaptation and your organization’s capacity to engage in climate adaptation planning. The results of this survey will be used to inform the SCAG Climate Adaptation Framework.  

If you are representing an organization, please answer as a representative of that organization. 

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. With any questions, please contact the SCAG team at: adaptation@scag.ca.gov.