Central Coast Regional Climate Symposium

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Date(s) - 12/10/2018
10:00 am PDT - 4:00 pm PDT

Central Coast Water Board Hearing Room



The State of California has released the Fourth Climate Change Assessment, which provides the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability at the local scale and informing resilience actions. The Fourth Assessment includes a report on the Central Coast Region; UC Santa Cruz faculty member Ruth Langridge was the coordinating lead author for the report with 24 additional contributing authors.


Join leading climate researchers and scientists, key state agencies, local jurisdictions, and community leaders for the Central Coast Regional Climate Symposium to learn about key findings from California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment and opportunities to advance local adaptation initiatives!

This workshop will highlight new findings on key climate risks impacting the Central Coast region with a special emphasis on oceans and coasts, energy systems, water, agriculture, and ecosystems. Participants will also learn about financing mechanisms, funding opportunities, key tools and resources while also engaging in interactive discussions to inform the update to the State’s Adaptation Planning Guide.

Please note: An additional meeting space (UC Santa Cruz, Alumni Room) has also been secured and will be joining the primary workshop in San Luis Obispo via webcast. Speakers will be participating from both locations.


This workshop is open to the public. We strongly encourage public agency staff (cities, counties, regional agencies, special districts, etc.), non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, private consulting firms, advocacy groups, students, and individuals interested in learning about the latest climate science to attend this engaging and informative event.


Workshop organizers are actively working to pull together a robust agenda to make this workshop as valuable to participants as possible. The final agenda will be circulated with registered participants prior to the workshop. The current draft agenda includes presentations and panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Overview of California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment
  • Central Coast Regional Report Findings
  • California’s Ocean and Coast Summary Report
  • Sector-specific climate risks and adaptation opportunities:
    • Energy systems
    • Water
    • Agriculture
    • Ecosystems
  • California Adaptation Planning Guide Update: User Needs Assessment
  • Climate Change Tools and Resources
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