Incorporating Natural Capital into Climate Adaptation Planning: Considering the role and value of coastal habitat in increasing coastal resilience.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014
146B-C (Washington Convention Center)
Eric Henry Hartge1, Suzanne M Langridge2, Erin E Prahler1,3, Katie Arkema2, Gregg Verutes2, Lisa M Wedding1, Sarah M Reiter1, Molly Melius1, Mary Ruckelshaus2, Anne Guerry2 and Margaret Caldwell1, (1)Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford, CA, United States, (2)Natural Capital Project, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford, CA, United States, (3)California Coastal Commission, San Francisco, CA, United States
To support decision-makers in their efforts to manage coastal resources in a changing climate the Natural Capital Project and the Center for Ocean Solutions are engaging in, informing, and helping to shape climate adaptation planning at various scales throughout coastal California. Cities and counties make significant investments in water supply, transportation, sewer, shoreline protection, ports, and recreational areas. These planning decisions will have consequences for the future health of coastal ecosystems, particularly in light of climate impacts. With credible information about the role that natural systems play in each of these investment choices, cities and counties can save money and conserve natural assets while achieving their development goals. Our team is building collaborations with regional planners and local scientific and legal experts to provide science-based information on the role of natural capital that is relevant to local climate adaptation decisions. We will present our findings from two recent case studies conducted along the California central coast. The first consists of completed work with regional water management in Monterey Bay and the second is work that is currently underway with county-level land use planning.