Examining locally driven climate change policy efforts in three Pacific states

Zhenghong Tang, Samuel D. Brody, Ruopu Li, Courtney Quinn, Nan Zhao

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Local jurisdictions play a critical role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. This study analyzes the theoretical framework of locally driven climate change actions and uses geographic information system (GIS) to map local jurisdictions' climate change policy efforts in three Pacific states - California, Oregon, and Washington. The results of our study indicate statistically significant differences in geographic clusters and variations across jurisdictions. An Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression model was used to examine climate risk, emission stress, and socioeconomic context variables to detect influence on local climate change policy efforts. The explanatory results indicate that coastal proximity, population density, vehicles emission, and education variables significantly influence local jurisdictions' climate change actions. The findings contribute to local organizational decision model research and can help local communities to develop more effective climate change policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-426
Number of pages12
JournalOcean and Coastal Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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