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Scripps researchers call for more collaboration to tackle local effects of climate change

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The 2020 Creek fire, which was first reported about two miles west of Sandia Creek Drive. Photo via Twitter @CalFireSanDiego.

A team of experts recommended increased efforts, coordination and commitment by agencies and researchers in San Diego to build climate resilience with attention to disadvantaged communities.

These areas are particularly sensitive to the impacts of climate change, according to a report released Thursday.

The authors, including the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, have published “Collaborative planning for climate resilience”, who analyzed the planning needed to deal with the impacts of climate change in the San Diego area.

“We have many agencies at different levels of government responsible for various aspects of climate change planning – from individual cities to regional agencies like SANDAG and the County Water Authority to state agencies like the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “said Robert Leiter, former director. planning and land use plan for the Association of Governments of San Diego.

“Our report analyzes these activities and provides a framework on how agencies can coordinate more effectively in developing plans to enable this region to adapt and recover from the increasingly intense impacts to which we are.” faced due to climate change.

According to the report, the San Diego area is susceptible to a multitude of threats to its quality of life and natural environment due to climate change.

Threats include more intense heat waves, rising sea levels, increasing risk of forest fires and increased threats from severe winter storms, and concomitant or aggravating extreme events. This will have major impacts on infrastructure, natural resources, coastal resources and public health and safety.

These threats are of particular urgency for disadvantaged environmental justice communities who are particularly vulnerable to these impacts.

Although planning for climate adaptation and resilience is already underway in San Diego, it is becoming increasingly important to design these efforts in a way that brings together scientists, planners, practitioners and representatives of the community. community, found the authors, who also include the American Planning Association.

A collaborative approach leads to science-based and cost-effective strategies and actions that can be implemented in a timely manner, they concluded, ensuring that adequate funding is available to implement the measures.

The report “illustrates the importance of making the region more resilient to these impacts and describes how local, regional and state agencies and institutions should coordinate their efforts to achieve this important goal,” said Scripps Oceanography, climatologist and co-author main. Julie Kalansky.


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