Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Climate Change Adaptation Planning Case Study at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, California
by Powelson, Katherine Wylie, M.A., University of California, Davis, 2016, 43; 10182728
Abstract (Summary)

Climate change adaptation planning is critical to managing natural resources in the face of climate change. This case study details a climate change adaptation planning process completed by a multi-disciplinary team for Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge and Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach in coastal southern California. The planning process involved five main steps: 1) identify project scope, 2) identify conservation targets within the study area, 3) describe current threats to conservation targets, 4) complete a climate change vulnerability assessment, and 5) identify near-term (15 years, 2030), and long-term (90 years, 2110) priority management actions to combat the impacts from sea-level rise. This project integrated elements of multiple existing conservation and adaptation planning frameworks to identify management actions that could potentially increase climate change resiliency of conservation targets. We highlight lessons learned that may be useful for complex climate adaptation planning using multiple frameworks and including multiple stakeholder groups.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schwartz, Mark W.
Commitee: Elliott-Fisk, Deborah L., Thorne, Karen M.
School: University of California, Davis
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Climate Change, Environmental management
Keywords: Adaptation planning, California, Conservation planning, Planning
Publication Number: 10182728
ISBN: 978-1-369-31043-6
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