Adaptation to Seismic Risk and Climate Change: San Francisco and Berkeley, California, USA

  • William SiembiedaEmail author
Part of the Environmental Hazards book series (ENHA)


This chapter examines the multi-sector resiliency and climate adaptation approaches undertaken by the San Francisco Bay Area cities of Berkeley and San Francisco. The Paton and Johnston disaster resiliency model is used to assess the adaptive capacity of these two cities. Findings show that “partnering” with civic, business and community based organisations (CBO) is a central element for producing sustainable resiliency and lowering disaster risk. San Francisco adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2004, followed by Berkeley in 2009. Both cities use state government-generated data to assess risk and their own funding to lower risk and adapt to climate change. The key lesson uncovered in this analysis is that it matters less which level of government (local, state, federal) provides guidance; rather it matters more that guidance is based on accepted science that can be easily accessed and used by anyone interested in resiliency and climate change adaptation.


Resiliency Mitigation planning Social capital Risk reduction Climate change adaptation San Francisco Berkeley 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA

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