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Resources for Evaluating the Impacts of Sea Level Rise

Multiple research and planning projects are exploring the potential consequences of rising sea levels in California and producing information useful to those seeking to understand the impacts on specific coastal regions and assets, both human-built and natural. These efforts employ a variety of data and modeling techniques, work at different scales, and focus on different types of impacts, all elements that are important to understand when evaluating what to use in a particular climate change planning effort. In general, the research is not mutually exclusive but complementary, offering different approaches and supporting different kinds of decisions.

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Large Scale Resources

Geo Focus Originator Title Resources Description and Notes
United States coastline NOAA Coastal Services Center Digital Coast Website
Toolkit
Map Viewer
Government program offering tools, training, and a community of practice for coastal resource management professionals.
California Heberger, et. al., Pacific Institute, for the PIER California Climate Center Potential impacts of increased coastal flooding in California due to sea-level rise Publication
Dataset
Research evaluating the potential economic and population impacts of coastal flooding.

Regional and Local Resources

Geo Focus Originator Title Resources Description and Notes
San Francisco Bay and Delta USGS CASCaDE Website
Publication
Publication
Map Viewer
Modeling and research effort that has produced maps of areas vulnerable to inundation based on a combination of climate model outputs and empirical models and incorporates astronomical, storm surge, El Niño, and long‐term sea level rise influences.
San Francisco Bay PRBO Conservation Science Future San Francisco Bay Tidal Marshes: a Climate Smart Planning Tool Website
Map Viewer
Publication
Research applying a hybrid model using an earlier version of this DEM dataset and spatially-explicit estimates of sediment supply and organic matter accumulation applied to examine future habitat change, restoration potential, and considerations for prioritization across the Bay estuary.
San Francisco Bay and outer coast PRBO Conservation Science Our Coast Our Future Website Stakeholder-driven project producing online dynamic maps and helpful tools to support understanding of coastal resource vulnerabilities to sea level rise and storms. Planned for release in early 2013.
12 marsh sites in the San Francisco Bay area Takekawa et. al., USGS Sea-level rise modeling across the California salt marsh gradient Website
Publication
Dataset
Article
Research incorporating site-specific elevation data, local tidal conditions, marsh accretion rates, and habitat response to project possible future outcomes and management implications for marsh habitat at 12 sites surrounding the San Francisco Bay estuary.
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9/2013