Resiliency and adaptation to climate change and coastal hazards is a high priority for the West Coast. The three states recognize the inevitability of impacts on ocean and coastal resources from climate variations and long-term climate changes. Climate change results in changes in storm activity and sea level, which alter the shoreline. It also influences ocean currents, upwelling, water temperature and chemistry, and ecosystem stability. Climate effects will impact marine species distributions and abundances from kelp forests to marine mammals to plankton species at the base of the food chain.
Members of the Climate Change ACT are drafting a new work plan that will inform the updated WCGA Action Plan, expected to be completed in 2015. It will focus on creating a funding catalogue for projects that address sea-level rise and coastal hazards and a West Coast hazards mapping project. You can read more about our work here.