2020 California Adaptation Planning Guide (APG)



California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)




The California Adaptation Planning Guide (APG) provides guidance to support communities in addressing the consequences of climate change. The 2020 APG presents an updated, step-by-step process that communities can use to plan for climate change. This APG explains the connections between climate adaptation, community resiliency, public safety, and security; provides information and planning support for assessing climate vulnerabilities across sectors and regions; and supports tools to create and implement adaptation strategies that can be tailored to meet local needs. Since the state’s release of the first APG in 2012, it has been widely used by communities, government agencies, tribal governments, nongovernmental organizations, institutions, and others throughout California to help guide adaptation planning efforts.

Climate Impact Tags

Drought Extreme heat Extreme storms Flooding Ocean acidification Sea level rise Snowpack Temperature Wildfire

Adaptation Planning Guide Phases

Phase 1: Define, Explore, and Initiate Phase 2: Assess Vulnerability Phase 3: Define Adaptation Framework and Strategies Phase 4: Implement, Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust

Resource Type Tags

Communication or educational material Planning and policy guidance


Extent: California


Last updated: May 21, 2024