California has for years been a leader in promoting climate change adaptation. In 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger ordered agencies throughout state government to consider sea-level rise in their decision-making and planning. Of course, climate adaptation in the Transportation Department may look very different from the Coastal Conservancy, but state leaders recognized a need for consistent science, and a set of principles guiding the use of that science.
To navigate the many uncertainties associated with sea-level rise science, not mention the many different sources of information, California turned to the Ocean Science Trust. Together, we worked with state leaders to secure broadly useful expert guidance.