Baylands Resilience Framework for San Francisco Bay: Wildlife Support. SFEI Contribution No. 1115. San Francisco Estuary Institute: Richmond, CA.2023.
Petaluma River Baylands Strategy. Prepared by San Francisco Estuary Institute, Sonoma Land Trust, Point Blue Conservation Science, Ducks Unlimited, and Sonoma Resource Conservation District. Funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.. 2023.
Where creeks meet baylands: Opportunities to re-establish freshwater and sediment delivery to the baylands of San Francisco Bay. SFEI Contribution No. 1150. San Francisco Estuary Institute: Richmond, CA.. 2023.
Adaptation Pathways: San Leandro Operational Landscape Unit. SFEI Contribution No. 1077. San Francisco Estuary Institute: Richmond, CA.2022.
Adaptation Planning for the Bay Point Operational Landscape Unit. SFEI Contribution No. 1078. San Francisco Estuary Institute: Richmond, CA.2022.
Shallow Groundwater Response to Sea-Level Rise: Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties. Pathways Climate Institute and San Francisco Estuary Institute.2022.
The response of shallow groundwater to sea-level rise is a relatively new field of study. For low-lying coastal communities, sea-level rise adaptation efforts must consider the potential for groundwater rise to avoid maladaptation. The need to better understand this slow and chronic threat was identified as a critical data gap in the San Francisco Bay Area’s (Bay Area’s) adaptation efforts during the Bay Area Groundwater and Sea-Level Rise Workshop in 2019.
Pathways Climate Institute LLC (Pathways) and the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) gathered and analyzed multiple data sets and collaborated with city and county partners to analyze and map the existing “highest annual” shallow groundwater table and its likely response to future sea-level rise. This effort covers four counties (Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo) and was funded by the Bay Area Council’s California Resilience Challenge. The study focused on the San Francisco Bay side of each county and does not include the Pacific coastline of Marin, San Francisco, nor San Mateo Counties. An advisory committee composed of city and county representatives provided essential support by gathering data and reviewing depth-to-groundwater maps. Additional academic and agency advisors participated in project team meetings and informed project direction. This effort produced the following publicly available data and online tools to support adaptation efforts:
- Existing and future condition depth to groundwater GIS data available for download (geodatabase format).
- A StoryMap providing background information and graphical representations of the processes and impacts of groundwater rise.
- Web maps showing: (1) existing depth to groundwater; and (2) a comparison of the extent of emergent groundwater to the extent of coastal flooding under various sea-level-rise scenarios.
Ecotone levees and wildlife connectivity: A technical update to the Adaptation Atlas. SFEI Contribution No. 1037. San Francisco Estuary Institute: Richmond, CA.. 2021.
Guidance for Restoration of Natural and Nature-Based Features in the Wetland-Upland Transition Zone. San Francisco Estuary Institute, California State Coastal Conservancy: Richmond, CA.2021.
New Life for Eroding Shorelines: Beach and Marsh Edge Change in the San Francisco Estuary. SFEI Contribution No. 984.2020.
Sonoma Creek Baylands Strategy. Prepared by Sonoma Land Trust, San Francisco Estuary Institute, Point Blue Conservation Science, Environmental Science Associates, Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.. 2020.