Social Vulnerability to Climate Change in California

Published: July 2012

Authors: Heather Cooley, Eli Moore, Matthew Heberger, and Lucy Allen

Pages: 75



California faces a range of impacts from global climate change, including increased incidences of extreme heat, wildfires, coastal flooding, and erosion. This report shows that addressing social vulnerability in climate change policies and response strategies is critical to California’s future; communities must begin developing and implementing adaptation plans as quickly as possible.

The research for this report – carried out with input from community leaders and advocates of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition and with representatives from federal, state, and regional agencies and community organizations – highlights why understanding vulnerability factors and the populations that exhibit these factors are critical for crafting effective and equitable climate change policies and response strategies.