Last year we released the City of Santa Cruz Climate Adaptation Plan Update for regulatory review and public comment. Adaptation to climate change means adjusting natural and human systems in response to actual or expected climate related activities and their effects, with the intention to mitigate harm or exploit opportunities.

Our City’s climate change hazards include increased frequency and magnitude of extreme storm events, erosion and landslides, wildfire, flooding, drought, ocean acidification and shifts in ecosystems and habitats.




The City has already completed several projects that reduce the community’s vulnerability to climate change including the relocation of the Emergency Operations Center to DeLaveaga Park, initiation of the Local Coastal Program Update, and conversion of the Bay Street Reservoir to two elevated tanks with solar PV—all this since the since the release of the 2011 Climate Adaptation Plan.


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The 2017 Climate Adaptation Plan Update includes the City’s first sea level rise vulnerability assessment with climate hazard maps projecting the spatial extent of rising tides, coastal storms and erosion through years 2030, 2060 and 2100, as well as a social vulnerability assessment which identifies populations most vulnerable to climate change impacts. The Plan Update also includes a set of strategy recommendations to improve climate resiliency. The City’s Climate Action Program is currently conducting outreach to share the findings of these studies and engage residents in a solutions based dialogue on adaptation responses.


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We welcome your public comments on the Plan Update by email to Climate Action Manager Dr. Tiffany Wise-West at

Residents have an important role in addressing climate change. We encourage you to continue reducing emissions to slow climate change and its impacts, learn about and plan for climate change impacts to which you are vulnerable, and become engaged in the City’s climate adaptation planning efforts.


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Please “like” the Climate Action Program on Facebook or visit to learn more and find out how you can get involved in community discussions about adaptation planning in the future. And please join us at our next interactive community forum on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:30–8 p.m. at the Louden Nelson Community Center!





* Disclaimer:The data utilized for purposes of the City of Santa Cruz (the City) sea level rise vulnerability assessment were collected from various sources and is intended to be used for planning purposes only. Site-specific evaluations may be needed to confirm/verify information presented in these data. Inaccuracies may exist, and neither Central Coast Wetlands Group (CCWG, consultant) nor the City can provide any warranties or guarantees, express or implied, regarding their accuracy or reliability for any aspect or use of this information for any purpose. Further, any user of these data assumes all responsibility and further agrees to indemnify, defend and hold CCWG and the City harmless from and against any damage, loss, or liability arising from any use of this information.


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