The California climate change initiative

This initiative, managed out of the Northern California office is a series of projects funded by multiple State and Federal agencies that seeks to better integrate the notion of climate change adaptation into water planning in the California water system.

This work has been conducted at a range of scales but has been driven by the need to consider the potential impact of climate change, primarily through the loss of snow, on a highly interconnected water system.

Connected to this program, SEI and researchers at UC Berkeley drafted the water management section of the science report, commissioned by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2008, on the impacts of climate change in California and possible response options.

The project leader, David Purkey, was also selected as one of 15 fellows in an initiative established by Stanford University and the University of California to provide technical support to policy makers dealing with the issue of climate change.