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Articles

Staying informed on the latest science and updates on climate change is critical to understanding the breadth of the impacts and stories on climate change are appearing daily in papers across the country. We’ve curated a few articles that felt relevant to the California Central Coast related to sea level rise and will continue to add stories on other climate threats.

Santa Barbara Struggles to Adapt to Sea-Level Rise

Santa Barbara Independent - As Santa Barbara Struggles to adapt to sea-level rise, can our coastal communities find a way to save beaches and property before it’s too late? This excellent article written last year by Nick Welsh highlighted the…

Must Reads: Destruction from sea level rise in California could exceed worst wildfires and earthquakes, new research shows

LA Times - In the most extensive study to date on sea level rise in California, researchers say damage by the end of the century could be far more devastating than the worst earthquakes and wildfires in state history. “It’s…

Most California cities refuse to retreat from rising seas. One town wants to show how it’s done

LA Times - Most California cities refuse to retreat from rising seas. One town wants to show how it’s done. As other cities dig in, Marina embraces a policy of managed retreat. One of the keynote speakers you’ll hear from…

A Crisis Right Now: San Francisco and Manila Face Rising Seas

New York Times - Somini Sengupta, The New York Times global climate reporter, and Chang W. Lee, a photographer for The Times, traveled to the Philippines and California to see how rising sea levels are affecting two big metropolitan areas.

Rising seas already overwhelm the Bay Area. Time is running out for California to act

LA Times - The fate of Foster City and the rest of the Bay Area was front and center last week as state lawmakers grappled with the many threats California must confront as the ocean pushes farther inland.

The California coast is disappearing under the rising sea. Our choices are grim

LA Times - The California coast grew and prospered during a remarkable moment in history when the sea was at its tamest. But the mighty Pacific, unbeknownst to all, was nearing its final years of a calm but unusual cycle…

Collaborations & Networks

As our cities and counties update their general plans, safety elements and hazard mitigation plans, it’s important they include strong adaptation strategies to ensure community resilience. Working collaboratively across agencies and jurisdictions will ensure these strategies are coordinated and effective.

Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA)

ARCCA is a coalition of the Local Government Commission, represents leading collaborative networks from across California that strive to build regional resilience to climate impacts. The website includes resources and toolkits. http://arccacalifornia.org/

Central Coast Climate Collaborative

https://centralcoastclimate.org

Santa Barbara County Regional Climate Collaborative

http://countyofsb.org/collaborative

Reports & Assessments

It’s important to lay the groundwork for climate adaptation and resilience planning with scientific study, research and assessment. Recommendations from state and local reports are helpful to the land use and infrastructure planning discussions that will define our future.

California Ocean Protection Council Strategic Plan 2020-2025

The plan establishes an ambitious collective vision for protecting the intrinsic, cultural, ecological and economic benefits provided by California’s coast and ocean and identifies objectives, targets and actions in four key areas: climate, equity, biodiversity and the blue economy. Actions address issues ranging from sea-level rise and ocean acidification to universal coastal access, offshore wind energy, aquaculture, whale entanglement, plastic pollution, wetlands, beaches and fisheries. http://www.opc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/2020-2025-strategic-plan/OPC-2020-2025-Strategic-Plan-FINAL-20200228.pdf

Santa Barbara Area Coastal Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment (SBA CEVA)

https://caseagrant.ucsd.edu/project/santa-barbara-area-coastal-ecosystem-vulnerability-assessment-sba-ceva

Health, Wildfires & Climate Change in California

from the Climate Readiness Institute This white paper makes recommendations for action to reduce the serious health impacts of wildfires in California’s increasingly hot climate. https://www.cecsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Health-Wildfires-and-Climate-Change-in-California_October-2019.pdf

Toolkits & Clearinghouses

There are many resources available through state and federal agencies on climate mitigation and adaptation planning. These guides and toolkits are free resources to help local communities with their climate planning and resilience efforts.

Clean Coalition’s Community Microgrid Initiative

Clean Coalition’s Community Microgrid Initiative provides a standard methodology that any community can use to optimize and streamline the deployment of local renewable energy. https://clean-coalition.org/community-microgrid-initiative/

Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready Program

The Climate Ready Program supports planning, project implementation and multi-agency coordination to advance actions that will increase the resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems. This resource page provides information on grants and other resource. https://scc.ca.gov/climate-change/

Coastal Hazard Resilience Planning in California

A guide developed in partnership with NOAA, FEMA, States Coastal Conservancy and others to assist jurisdictions in a comprehensive and cohesive planning approach integrating Local Hazard Mitigation Plans, Adaptation Plans, General Plans and Local Coastal Programs https://resilientca.org/topics/plan-alignment/compass

California’s Fourth Climate Assessment

The Statewide Summary Report presents an overview of the main findings from California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment to translate the state of climate science into useful information for action. You will also find regional and technical report, including the report covering the California Central Coast region, as well as resource tools including CoSMoS, Cal-Adapt, USGS and others. http://climateassessment.ca.gov

CalAdapt

Cal-Adapt provides a view of how climate change might affect California. Find tools, data, and resources to conduct research, develop adaptation plans and build applications. https://cal-adapt.org/

EPA

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) partnered to create toolkits that helps California regions plan for disaster and build resilience – Regional Resilience Toolkit: 5 Steps to Build Large-Scale Resilience to Natural Disasters & Building…

Get to Know and Support Your Neighbors

Knowing who might need support – elderly, disabled, food insecure, or otherwise – can create critical lifelines during times of crisis. And volunteering to help the most vulnerable in our community will strengthen the social safety net.

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

Volunteer to make masks for community distribution and other support before, during and after disasters

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Volunteer or donation to help families and children in need of nutritious food

Nextdoor

An electronic hub to connect and share with your neighborhood

Learn More About Your Region

Build your personal resilience by getting to know the region and the natural world that supports us all. Santa Barbara County has an incredible array of species and habitats you can learn about – even during this time of ‘shelter at home’.

Wilderness Youth Project

Resource portal with activities, storytelling, pre-K resources and places to explore for youth and families to connect and learn about the nature world.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

A virtual museum with activities you can do outdoors, indoor or online to connect to the natural world

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Virtual tours and webcams of the Garden’s native plant collections and educational activities

Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint

Online resource and mapping tool of the natural resources, agriculture and land uses in the county

Birds of Santa Barbara County

Guides and other online resources for learning about birds of the region.

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