Title Information Needs and Coping Capacity of California Coastal Managers
Type Research Project
Abstract Governor Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order S-3-05 on June 1, 2005, calling on the Secretary of the Environment to prepare a report on mitigation options, suggesting how California would be able to comply with the targets that were established by the same Executive Order. The Governor also requested a Science Report discussing climate change impacts and adaptation options for the state, which is to be updated every other year. Both the mitigation and the science reports are due in January 2006. This project is part of the multi-disciplinary effort to update Governor Schwarzenegger on the state of the science of climate change, impacts, and societal response options (mitigation and adaptation). Specifically, Susanne Moser's research explores the coping capacity of coastal managers in California, and what information about climate change and response options they would need to begin taking climate change and sea-level rise into account in their day-to-day and long-term decision-making and planning.
Participants Susanne Moser
Amy Luers (Union of Concerned Scientists)
Alan Sanstad (LBNL)
Michael Hanemann (University of California-Berkeley)
Start Date June 2005
Funders California EPA
California Energy Commission
Keywords climate change
climate change impacts
use of information
information needs
Research Themes Integrated Science and Regional Applications
Vulnerability, Adaptation, Thresholds and Resilience
Use of Scientific Information in Decision Processes


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)