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'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.

US EPA National Water Program 2012 Strategy Report: Response to Climate Change The impacts to water resources can be very briefly summarized as follows:

1. Increases in water pollution problems due to warmer air and water temperatures and changes in precipitation patterns.

2. Impacts on water infrastructure and aquatic systems due to more extreme weather events. 

3. Changes in the availability of drinking water supplies due to droughts, changing patterns of precipitation and snowmelt, increased evaporation, and saltwater intrusion to aquifers that will affect public water supply, agriculture, industry, and energy production.

4. Water-body boundary movement and displacements as rising sea levels move ocean and estuarine shorelines and as changes in water flow, precipitation and evaporation affect the size of wetlands and lakes.

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

6. Collective impacts on coastal areas resulting from a combination of sea level rise, increased damage from floods and storms, coastal erosion, saltwater intrusion to drinking water supplies, and increasing temperature and acidification of the oceans.

7. Indirect impacts due to unintended consequences of human response to climate change.

"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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