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Climate Change

The OPC continues to work with the Coastal Conservancy and the Coastal Commission to promote coastal adaptation planning and science. On April 19, 2013 these entities announced the availability of grants to encourage local governments and other entities responsible for planning under the California Coastal Act. Grant funds are available to develop and adopt updated plans that conserve and protect coastal resources from future impacts from sea-level rise and related climate change impacts.

In addition, the OPC continues to engage in interagency coordination on climate change issues through the Coastal and Ocean Working Group of the California Climate Action Team (CO-CAT). On March 15, 2013 OPC staff presented an update to the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document. The purpose of the SLR Guidance is to help state agencies incorporate future sea-level rise impacts into planning decisions, and was recently updated to include the best current science, as summarized in the final report from the National Academy of Sciences, Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.

The OPC is also an active member of  the Climate Change Action Coordination Team of the West Coast Governors’ Alliance, a tri-state (CA, OR, WA) coordinating body that addresses various ocean issues.  All of these entities helped fund the aforementioned National Academies study on Sea-Level Rise and the West Coast.

The West Coast Governors’ Alliance has also identified ocean acidification as a priority ocean and coastal health issue. A key first step to address this WCGA priority area is the convening of an ocean acidification and hypoxia panel. At its September 13, 2012 public meeting, the OPC formally charged the OPC Science Advisory  Team, under the leadership of the California Ocean Science Trust, with convening this panel. More about the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Panel and the OPC’s involvement in this issue can be found on the Ocean Acidification page.

Further, the OPC has taken steps to fund key studies, assist with policy and guidance, and staff initiatives to address a wide-range of climate change-related topics, as listed below:

Guidance and Policy Resources


Funded Projects


Coordination and Collaboration


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Over-topping Embarcadero – Mike Filippoff for the CA King Tides Initiative


page last updated 4/24/13


OPC Staff Contacts:

Sea Level Rise & Adaptation - Abe Doherty (916) 653-0540,

Ecosystem Impacts - Clare Waldmann (916) 653-0542,

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