Study maps social vulnerability to climate change in California and identifies need for adaptation planning
A report from the Pacific Institute titled Social Vulnerability to Climate Change in California identifies geographic areas within the state with heightened risk under projected climate impacts.
New research shows that addressing social vulnerability – the susceptibility of a given community to harm from a hazard – in climate change policies and response strategies is critical to California’s future. With some degree of climate change unavoidable, communities must begin developing and implementing adaptation plans, and integrating social vulnerability into their strategies is key
“Climate risk is a function of exposure and vulnerability,” said Heather Cooley, co-director of the Pacific Institute Water Program and lead author of the report. “Many social and economic factors interact – such as access to transportation, legal residency, income, and language abilities – and it is these factors that determine vulnerability to a climate impact or other hazard.”