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The Coastal and Ocean Resources Working Group for the Climate Action Team (CO-CAT)

The Coastal and Ocean Resources Working Group for the Climate Action Team (CO-CAT) is a working group comprised of senior level staff from California state agencies with ocean and coastal resource management responsibilities. CO-CAT’s task is to ensure the state’s ability to adapt to climate change impacts on ocean and coastal resources while supporting implementation of global warming emission reduction programs.

The CO-CAT is a forum for state agencies to share information and coordinate on actions, including to implement the ocean and coastal resources chapter of the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy.

CO-CAT also develops guidance on sea-level rise. On April of 2013, an update to the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document was complete. This SLR Guidance provides information and recommendations to enhance consistency across agencies in their development of approaches to sea-level rise. The updated SLR Guidance incorporates new information presented in the  National Academy of Sciences report on Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington released June 2012. For more background on the update to the SLR Guidance document, please click here.

CO-CAT membership includes staff from the following agencies:

  • Business, Transportation and Housing Agency,
  • Coastal Commission,
  • Department of Fish and Game,
  • Department of Parks and Recreation,
  • Department of Public Health,
  • Department of Toxic Substances Control,
  • Department of Transportation,
  • Department of Water Resources,
  • Environmental Protection Agency,
  • Governor’s Office of Planning and Research,
  • Natural Resources Agency,
  • Ocean Protection Council,
  • Ocean Science Trust,
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission,
  • State Coastal Conservancy,
  • State Lands Commission, and
  • State Water Resources Control Board.


Based on the Sea-Level Rise Resolution that the OPC adopted on March 11, 2011, the OPC will provide ongoing coordination with the OPC Science Advisory Team and the CO-CAT to support regular updates to guidance on sea-level rise based upon current scientific understanding and projections.

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OPC Contacts

Sarah Flores, Project Manager (510)-286-4179