University of California

Climate Adaptation

Response to Climate Change

UC ANR Climate Change Resources Links to peer-reviewed, scientific research on climate change with application to California's agriculture and natural resources

UC ANR Strategic Vision Includes discussion of anticipated impacts of climate change on California's families, communities, agriculture and natural resources

California Climate Change Extension UC Cooperative Extension interviews with leading climate change scientists and weblinks to more information on climate change

California's Resource for Global Climate Change Information Official climate change website of State of California

NOAA's Climate Resources Scientific and educational resources from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

US Army Corps of Engineers Responses to Climate Change Extensive weblinks and information on climate change impacts, adaptation and history of related USACE activities. Website notes that climate change impacts will be especially important in the western states.

"Response to Climate Change Strategy" of the US EPA National Water Program The impacts to water resources can be very briefly summarized as follows:

1. Increases in Water Pollution Problems due to warmer air temperatures will result in warmer water, causing an increase in the number of waters recognized as ?impaired.

2. More Extreme Water-Related Events, including heavier precipitation in tropical and inland storms, will have adverse effects on water quality and aquatic system health.

3. Changes to the Availability of Drinking Water Supplies due to droughts, changing patterns of precipitation and snowmelt, increased evaporation, and saltwater intrusion will result in changes to the availability of water for public water supply as well as for use in agriculture, industry, and energy production.

4. Waterbody Boundary Movement and Displacement will occur as rising sea levels move ocean and estuarine shorelines and as changes in water flow and precipitation affect the size of wetlands and lakes.

5. Changing Aquatic Biology as warmer water and changing flows result in significant deterioration of aquatic ecosystem health in some areas.

6. Collective Impacts on Coastal Areas will result from a combination of sea level rise, increased damage from floods and storms, changes in drinking water supplies, and increasing temperature and acidification of the oceans.

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein
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