Working with Nature to Adapt San Francisco Bay’s Shoreline for Sea Level Rise
Nov 9, 2018
Impacts from sea level rise and combined flooding are increasing along S.F. Bay’s shoreline. To address this challenge, scientists and decision makers must re-envision and adapt the varied, 300-mile shoreline to provide greater resilience for people and the environment. A critical tool for this process is a science-based understanding of where nature-based solutions and land-use policies can provide multiple benefits and resilient, adaptive ecosystems. SFEI and the urban planning group SPUR are collaborating to produce such a framework. In January, we will release a report that details 30 shoreline segments of the Bay, why they make sense as organizing units for sea level rise adaptation, and where each type of nature-based intervention is appropriate around the complex shoreline.
SFEI has partnered with SPUR to define 30 segments around the Bay’s shoreline that are appropriate units for sea level rise adaptation planning, based on the physical characteristics of each area. The report identifies nature-based approaches and land-use policies that are appropriate for each local area, motivated by the knowledge that such approaches can provide more benefits and be more adaptable and resilient than traditional engineering in many cases. A preview of this effort is located on the SFEI website.
The project, funded by the S.F. Bay Regional Water Board and philanthropic foundations, includes pilot partnerships to apply the science-based framework with local and county leaders in Marin and San Mateo counties. This effort is also collaborating with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), to support their climate adaptation planning.
Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Programs and Focus Areas:
Resilient Landscapes Program
Watershed Science & Management