OPC Adopted a Resolution on Implementation of the Safeguarding California Plan for Reducing Climate Risks: An Update to the 2009 Climate Adaptation Strategy.
At the August 27th OPC meeting, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution with a policy directive for state entities and non-state entities with projects using state funds or on state lands, to reduce climate risks to coastal and ocean resources. The resolution also directed OPC staff to work on key recommendations in the Safeguarding California Plan, including working with the State Coastal Leadership Group on Sea-level Rise to develop a concise visionary action plan.
New Resources for Responding to Coastal Climate Change in California
Building on the growing momentum to address climate change impacts to coastal California, there are many funding, training and capacity-building events upcoming. These include the California Adaptation Forum, a free workshop on Sea-level Rise and Shoreline Change Planning Tools, 4th Climate Assessment Public Meetings, CivicSpark Climate Readiness Teams for Capacity-building for Local Governments in CA, the Kresge Foundation Initiative for Climate-Resilience for Low-income People, the State Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready Grant Program, and Local Technical Assistance Grants for Climate Change Impacts to Economic Development. Click here to learn more.
Local Coastal Program (LCP) grants – staff recommendations are being presented at the December OPC meeting.
Funding was available through two coordinated grant programs. Grants awards were approved by the Coastal Commission and the OPC at their November and December meetings respectively.
- Ocean Protection Council (OPC) LCP Sea-level Rise Grant Program: $1.2 million available for work that supports LCP updates specifically to address sea-level rise, including sea-level rise modeling, vulnerability assessments, and adaptation planning and policy development.
- Staff recommendation approved at the Dec 2nd OPC meeting.
- Coastal Commission LCP Planning Assistance Grant Program: $1 million available for updating and certifying LCPs; may include updates to address impacts of climate change and sea-level rise.
- Staff recommendation approved at Nov 12th Commission hearing.
The OPC, Coastal Commission, and State Coastal Conservancy worked together to manage these two separate grant programs. To simplify the process for applicants, and streamline the review of the proposals, these two programs offered a joint application (application period closed on July 7, 2014).
- View the announcement and application instructions.
- Download the application. Applications were due July 7, 2014
- View responses to frequently asked questions (updated April 29, 2014).
For more information on the grant program, please contact:
- OPC LCP Sea-level Rise Grant Program – Abe Doherty, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coastal Commission LCP Planning Assistance Grant Program – Hilary Papendick, Statewide LCP Grant Coordinator, LCPGrantProgram@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-5294
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
- OPC Resolution on Implementation of the Safeguarding California Plan for Reducing Climate Risks (August 27, 2014)
- Safeguarding California Plan for Reducing Climate Risks: An Update to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy (July 31, 2014)
- State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document | Staff Memorandum (2013)
- Scoping Outline of the Coastal and Ocean Chapter of the 2012 Climate Adaptation Strategy (ongoing)
- Adapting to Sea Level Rise: A Guide for California’s Coastal Communities (2012)
- California Coastal Adaptation Needs Assessment Survey Report (2011)
- Sea-Level Rise Resolution | Staff Memorandum (2011)
- California Ocean Protection Council – Science Advisory Team (OPC – SAT) Position Statement on Climate Change (2011)
- State of California Sea-Level Rise Interim Guidance Document (2010-12)
- Ocean and Coastal Sector of the State Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (2009-12)
- Resolution of the California Ocean Protection Council On Climate Change (2007)
- Sea-Level Rise & Adaptation
- Local Coastal Program Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Grant Announcement Program (2013, ongoing)
- Beyond Bathtub: Modeling and Responding to Sea-Level Rise and Shoreline Change – workshop report released (2012)
- National Academy of Science study on Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon and Washington: Past, Present and Future (2012)
- California Seafloor Mapping Project (ongoing)
- California Shoreline Mapping Project (ongoing)
- Ecosystem Impacts
- Integrated Modeling to Answer Key Management Questions Regarding Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (ongoing)
- Ocean Acidification Exacerbated by Coastal Upwelling: Monitoring of CO2 and O2 on the California Shelf, and Studies of Their Effects on Red Sea Urchins, California Mussels and Abalone (ongoing)
- San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project (ongoing)
- Long-term Faunal Changes in California Nudibranchs: Climate Change and Local Ocean Health (2011)
- Tackling Ecological Complexity and Climate Change: Matches and Mismatches in the Seasonal Cycle of California’s Marine Flora and Fauna (2010)
- Habitat Restoration: San Francisco Bay
- Habitat Restoration: Streams and Rivers
- Sediment Management
Coordination and Collaboration
- California Coast and Ocean Climate Action Team (CO-CAT) (ongoing)
- West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (ongoing)
- California Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW) (ongoing)
- Reports on the Third Assessment from the California Climate Change Center (Energy Commission, 2012)
- MPA Monitoring Enterprise
- California King Tides Initiative
page last updated 4/24/13