A Climate Ready County
Climate change is here, and it poses many risks to the built and natural environment in San Mateo County. The County is home to diverse neighborhoods, beaches, parks, trails, airports, seaports, and numerous renowned high-tech companies and businesses.
We value this area and all that it has to offer, which is why the County is actively preparing for climate risks such as rising temperatures and heatwaves, wildfires, extreme storms, landslides, sea level rise, flooding and coastal erosion.
While the changing climate poses many risks to the people and places in San Mateo County, together we can take steps to adapt and protect our people and our valuable resources.
Climate Ready SMC is an initiative led by the County’s Office of Sustainability to help communities address climate impacts now and in the future. Climate Ready uses a variety of strategies to understand and plan for climate risks including fostering collaboration through webinars and convenings, modeling climate impacts; providing technical assistance, partnership, and funding for resiliency projects; and investing in culturally competent community engagement.
In 2019, the Climate Ready SMC Initiative launched a study to understand how climate change impacts could affect transportation systems and vulnerable communities in the county. Funded by CalTrans and led by the Office of Sustainability, the study evaluated extreme heat, wildfire, and sea level rise impacts.
The project led to the creation of a County-wide Climate Ready SMC Collaborative, localized modeling of climate impacts, policy tools, and pilot city-level adaptation planning projects. Outreach materials were also developed such as a wildfire factsheet and two extreme heat factsheets; focused on public health and transportation.
Climate Ready Collaborative
The Climate Ready SMC Collaborative began in 2019 with the goal of bringing together leaders from across sectors, jurisdictions and communities to foster collaboration and find solutions to make San Mateo County more resilient to climate impacts.
In 2019, Climate Ready hosted six convenings to learn together about key climate risks for San Mateo County and identify solutions. View event recording.
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Living Up to Our Duty to Protect San Mateo County
Higher temperaturesHigher temperatures by mid-century, where 10 days of the year or more could feel hotter than 90°F
Sea level rise6 inches of sea level rise by 2030 and 1-2 feet by 2050. By 2100 our region could experience 6 feet or more of sea level rise and widespread coastal erosion
Increasing weather extremesIncreasing weather extremes, variability and intensity in rainfall, storm events, and droughts
Increasing wildfire riskIncreasing wildfire risk with larger and faster spreading fires