AdaptLA: Climate Change Adaptation Planning for a Coastal, Urban Metropolis
The City of L.A. owns and maintains critical coastal infrastructure, including two power plants, two sewage treatment plants, and the Port of Los Angeles. All are vulnerable to impacts from coastal change and accelerating sea level rise. Planning for the impacts of climate change (adaptation planning) is therefore a priority for the City of Los Angeles.
The City of L.A. and USC Sea Grant, in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative on Climate Action and Sustainability, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, USA, and the Clinton Climate Initiative, have developed a city-led, science-based, and stakeholder-supported process to help the city begin planning for the impacts of climate change. The first effort will focus on the impacts of coastal change and SLR on the city's coastal infrastructure and properties.To achieve this we have established four major milestones:
- Milestone 1: Develop existing conditions & policy review report
- Milestone 2: Develop SLR vulnerability and risk assessments
- Milestone 3: Develop SLR adaptation measures and SLR adaptation plan
- Milestone 4: Adopt SLR Adaptation Plan
This process will be led by the City of LA and agency representatives through the City Adaptation Leadership (CAL). The CAL will develop discussion documents that will be reviewed by a Stakeholder Working Group, which will be comprised of local businesses, industry representatives, public utilities, nongovernmental organizations and government associations, among others. Discussion documents will also be available for public comment at workshops held in coastal communities.
For more informationJuliette Hart
National Focus AreaHealthy Coastal Ecosystems
Sustainable Community Development
Hazard Resilient Coastal Communities
Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply