Governing California Through Climate Change



For this study, the Commission reviewed climate change adaptation in California. As a major coastal state with trillions of dollars of infrastructure and developed property fronting the Pacific Ocean, California is particularly vulnerable to impacts of climate change. The state’s water and energy supplies, forested land and agriculture are equally vulnerable.

In this study, the Commission examined the governance and legal structures necessary to effectively adapt to changing climate conditions. As part of this review, the Commission assessed the appropriate frameworks to guide responses, decisions and investments during a time of uncertainty.