How Do I Get Involved >> Climate Change Resources

NEW! To read the draft Climate Change Report developed for the 2013 IRWM Plan Update, click here.

USEPA defines climate change as any distinct change in measures of climate lasting for a long period of time. In other words, "climate change" means major changes in temperature, rainfall, snow, or wind patterns lasting for decades or longer. Climate change may result from:

The 2007 IRWM Plan reports that hydrologic conditions in the Region, California, and the Colorado River Basin will likely be altered as a result of global climate change (based on conditions observed over the past century). Key probable changes in hydrologic conditions forecast by DWR include:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.

IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (2007)

Climate Change Portal

The California Climate Change Portal contains information on the impacts of climate change on California and the state's policies relating to global warming. It is also the home of the California Climate Change Center, a "virtual" research and information website operated by the California Energy Commission. Information on the portal is coordinated by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Climate Action Team.

California Climate Adaptation Strategy (2009)

Using Future Climate Change Projections to Support Water Resources Decision Making in California (2009)

The Future is Now: An Update on Climate Change Science Impacts and Response Options for California (2008)

California Air Resources Board Draft Scoping Plan (2008)

Managing an Uncertain Future: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for California's Water (2008)

Our Changing Climate: Assessing the Risks to California (2006)

Progress on Incorporating Climate Change into Management of California Water Resources (2006)

San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation addresses evolving issues facing our region by convening community leaders, providing research and expertise on topics important to our citizens, and partnering with local and regional nonprofit organizations to meet urgent and changing needs.

San Diego's Changing Climate: A Regional Wake-Up Call

San Diego CoastKeeper Watersheds Wiki
This site is a platform to share information and data about the San Diego Region's watersheds, along with the data collected through the San Diego Coastkeeper's water quality monitoring program.

Sea Level Rise Affects Marshes Model (SLAMM) - Select title of Output Map for Sea Level Rise Simulation