Obama administration officials have met with California Gov. Jerry Brown, elected officials and tribal leaders to learn about how the federal government can help communities cope with climate change.
Thursday's private meeting in Los Angeles marked the second time the task force met since it was created by President Barack Obama. The first meeting was held last December at the White House.
Communities are bracing for rising sea levels, extreme weather and other impacts of climate change. Some are already taking steps to prepare, such as moving development away from the ocean, updating building codes and investing in infrastructure.
The task force — made up of governors, mayors, local officials and tribal leaders around the country — is expected to deliver its recommendations to the president later this year.