California Climate Adaptation Strategy
Adaptation is the process of adjusting human and natural systems to minimize the harmful impacts of climate change. In 2009, California adopted a Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS) to summarize risks from climate change and to strategize appropriate adaptations.
The CAS notes that for climate adaptation strategies to minimize negative health effects, there needs to be:
- Increased awareness of potential climate change-related public health impacts
- Improved surveillance and monitoring of climate risks and related outcomes
- Maintenance of a robust public health infrastructure
- Expanded research on the health impacts of climate
- Healthy, equitable, and resilient communities that can mitigate and respond to climate change and protect vulnerable populations