SIerra Nevada Climate Vulnerability Assessment

A project of Sierra CAMP, the Sierra Nevada Regional Climate Vulnerability Assessment will help Sierra Nevada communities prepare for climate change by examining social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities specific to our region and by providing climate planning technical assistance.

In 2020, Sierra CAMP was awarded a $191,655 Prop 68 Resilient Communities Grant from Sierra Nevada Conservancy to complete a triple-bottom-line climate vulnerability assessment across all 22 counties of the Sierra Nevada. In partnership with stakeholders throughout the region, this work will identify environmental, social, and economic climate vulnerabilities specific to the Sierra Nevada region, while also providing communities with the data and technical support they need to undertake climate planning and priority-project identification.

Adaptation Resources for Planners

Adaptation Planning Guide

Online tool breaking down the Adaptation Planning Guide into a simple, clickable overview.

OPR Adaptation Planning Webinar Series

Explains and contextualizes the steps of the adaptation planning process

General Plan Guidelines

See chapter 4 covering the Safety Element and chapter 8 on climate change.


State repository for local climate data - try starting with the Local Climate Change Snapshot

Adaptation Clearinghouse

Find resources to support local, regional, and statewide adaptation planning.

SBC’s Sierra Nevada Regional Vulnerability Assessment

We’re compiling data on a variety of climate vulnerabilities from across our entire region, and we can offer technical assistance to jurisdictions doing their climate adaptation planning. Read on for more details.

Why A Sierra Nevada Assessment?

In California, many existing assessments of vulnerability use indicators that are more relevant to more urban communities. For example, CalEnviroScreen, which assesses environmental health, prioritizes air and water pollution metrics to identify disadvantaged communities. While these metrics are crucial to some communities in our state, we also know that they don’t capture some of the key challenges that the Sierra Nevada faces, as a large, rural region with limited resources and capacity and a high degree of dependence on natural resources. With the guidance of our Technical Advisory Group—scientists and climate adaptation professionals from around the region—we have identified climate indicators that are directly relevant to the area. By combining these qualitative metrics with a suite of community outreach and engagement activities, this assessment will provide a holistic, Sierra-specific look at climate vulnerability.

How Will This Assessment Help Sierra Communities?

The culminating report for this assessment will include a profile for each of the 46 jurisdictions in the Sierra, identifying and ranking their key environmental, economic, and social climate vulnerabilities. This resource will assist communities in their own climate planning efforts while also helping them communicate and contextualize their climate vulnerability for regional and statewide funding opportunities.

Additionally, as part of this grant, Sierra Business Council will provide technical assistance to communities to help them meet their SB 379 climate planning obligations and identify high-priority climate-adaptive projects and investments.

How Can I Get Involved?

Community outreach and engagement – Community engagement will include workshops to assess communities’ adaptive capacity, a region-wide survey to identify the climate hazards that residents are most concerned about, and focus groups to understand what climate vulnerabilities mean in a local context. Outreach will begin in the spring of 2021.

Technical Assistance – Learn more about how your jurisdiction can receive technical assistance for climate planning and project identification from Sierra Business Council, including meeting SB 379 requirements.

Join Us In Creating A More Resilient Sierra.

To learn more about the 22-county climate vulnerability assessment, contact: