Expansion to Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Orange counties

Contact: Nick Sadrpour, USC Sea Grant.
We will be having outreach events coordinated with the roll out of CoSMoS and Our Coast, Our Future for both the Santa Barbara/Ventura area as well as for Orange County. These will happen over the next couple months.

Los Angeles (AdaptLA) Workshop: Modeling Meets Planning- Final CoSMoS Results and Next Steps in Coastal Adaptation Planning

Feb 22, 2017
Time and Location: 1pm at Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey, CA
Contact: Nick Sadrpour, USC Sea Grant.
Workshop for the AdaptLA community to explore new sea level rise science, including CoSMoS, and discuss adaptation strategies for the coast. This workshop will focus on reviewing the final modeling results from the U.S. Geological Survey's Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) and discussing how models can be used in on-the-ground adaptation planning efforts. We will discuss the uses, differences and consistencies among the CoSMoS and the LA regional coastal change modeling conducted by Environmental Science Associates (ESA) and the TerraCosta Consulting Group (TCG). The results from the ESA and TCG projects are now available on the AdaptLA webpage, including the full technical reports and an executive summary. Results were also presented at a webinar on Dec 16, 2016. If you were not able to attend, we recommend visiting the webinar recording before the workshop.


California Climate Change Symposium

Jan 25-26, 2017
Website: California Climate Change Symposium
Presentations about CoSMoS, related research and decision-support tools (including Our Coast, Our Future) were showcased at the 2017 California Climate Change Symposium.

Webinar: Community Exposure to Coastal Storms and Sea Level Rise in San Diego

Jan 10, 2017
Hosted by: Resilient Coastlines Project of Greater San Diego and USC Sea Grant
Archived Webinar: USC Sea Grant AdaptLA webinar series
Researchers with the USGS's Western Geographic Science Center have created the Hazard Exposure Reporting and Analytics (HERA) dynamic web application, which interactively displays community-level estimates of socioeconomic exposure to coastal-flooding hazards in terms of populations, economic assets, land cover, and infrastructure based on the latest CoSMoS results. The web application is designed to help California communities understand both the coastal hazards and potential community impacts associated with climate change.

Sea Level Rise and San Diego Communities Workshop: Science and Planning For Our Future

Nov 17, 2016
Contact: Dani Boudreau, TRNERR.
Learn about the basics of recent sea level rise science and how to access and use the results. Explore how San Diego is preparing for sea level rise at the local and regional levels.

OWL viewer at Santa Monica Pier

November 2016 to January 2017
Contact: Owlized to bring a unique public engagement opportunity to Santa Monica residents -- local OCOF sea level rise inundation projections will be shown through the OWL virtual reality viewer.
More about the project
Mobile OWL link
Visualizations for VR

Sea Level Rise for Sonoma/Mendocino Coast and Russian River Estuary Public Meeting

August 4, 2016
Time and Location: Monte Rio Community Center, Redwood Ballroom
For More Information Contact: Lindy Betzhold, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
This meeting is to familiarize stakeholders and the public with new CoSMoS sea level rise and storm scenario data available for Sonoma and Mendocino County coasts through the OCOF tool. The project team will be available to answer questions, as well as Sonoma County staff present to discuss next steps in the planning process.

Lifting the Fog: Understanding Sea Level Rise and Shoreline Change Planning Tools

Our Coast, Our Future partnered to host a pre-workshop at the 2014 California Adaptation Forum as part of the project “Lifting the Fog: Understanding Sea Level Rise and Shoreline Change Planning Tools,” featuring representatives from NOAA’s SLR Viewer, Our Coast Our Future, TNC’s Coastal Resilience tool, Climate Central’s Surging Seas, and Cal-Adapt. Intended for planners, managers, consultants, decision-makers, and other users of SLR tools available across the state, this special session consisted of two parts: (1) an interactive tool café with stations for tool exploration with developers, and (2) a panel session for direct interaction between model and tool developers with decision-makers and end-users, including a discussion of communication strategies around SLR decision-support tools.

Headwaters to Ocean (H2O) Conference

OCOF staff presented at the 12th annual H2O conference in San Diego May 27 - 29, 2014, during Session 9B "Climate Change Planning and Adaptive Management".  Staff presented "Our Coast, Our Future: Planning For Flood Impacts To The San Francisco Bay Area Through Collaboration, Innovation, and Conversation".  The program from this conference is available here.

OCOF, USGS and King Tides Initiative Partner to Validate SLR Model with Citizen Science Photography

OCOF is partnered with USGS and the California King Tides Initiative to collect king tide photos from specific locations around the Bay Area during the January 29-31 King Tide.   The pictures that citizen scientists take will help the OCOF team better understand which areas are most at risk of flooding and future sea level rise.  We will compare submitted photos of the high tide against OCOF sea level rise models to see how well these simulations match reality.  This is a fun, easy way for the general public to provide important information that will help future sea level rise adaptation planning efforts in the Bay Area.  For more details, click here.

OCOF at SPUR Forum: "Preparing for Floods and Sea Level Rise in the Bay Area"

SPUR hosted an evening forum on July 9th, 2013 to highlight three projects that help Bay Area communities visualize the impacts of flooding and sea level rise: California King Tides Initiative, Our Coast, Our Future and FEMA.

Rising Seas Summit

OCOF Collaboration Lead, Marina Psaros, was an invited panel speaker for the "Engaging Communities" session of the Rising Seas Summit, held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in June 2013. The panel explored the need to reach multiple types of stakeholders with different kinds of information in order to gain support for sea level rise action.

Headwaters to Ocean (H2O) Conference

OCOF staff presented at the 2013 H2O conference in San Diego May 28 - 30 during Session 6C "Climate Change: Coastal Vulnerability".  Staff presented The Our Coast, Our Future Decision Support Tool for Climate Change Adaptation, and The Application of the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) in Assessing the Vulnerability of the California Coast to Climate Change.  The program from this conference is available here.

FEMA South Bay Workshop

Our Coast, Our Future staff were invited to speak at the April 25, 2013 kick-off meeting for FEMA’s coastal analysis for Santa Clara and southern San Mateo Counties, as part of their San Francisco Bay Area Coastal Hazard Study. The workshop agenda and presentations are available here.

OCOF Training Webinars

Our Coast, Our Future staff have held two North-central California coast online decision support tools training webinars: March 26, and April 23, 2013. The April webinar was hosted through the EBM Tools Network.  

Third Biennial Ocean Climate Summit

Our Coast, Our Future staff presented the OCOF project and announced the release of the beta version of the outer coast decision support tools at this Summit on February 20, 2013 in San Francisco. The goal of the summit was to connect information, resources, and people across disciplines to collaboratively sustain North-central coast and ocean ecosystem health through fostering awareness, promoting action, and advocating climate smart conservation. The Summit Summary Report is available here.

Beyond Bathtub: Modeling and Responding to Sea Level Rise and Shoreline Change

Our Coast, Our Future staff presented the OCOF project as a modeling case study at this workshop on December 19, 2012 in Costa Mesa.  Materials, including a summary report, are available here.

May 2012 San Francisco Bay Workshop

  1. Agenda
  2. Welcome and Introduction
  3. South Bay Salt Pond's SLR Planning
  4. San Jose's SLR Policies
  5. Adapting to Rising Tide Project
  6. Tools for SLR Planning
  7. Tools for Climate Change Adaptation Planning
  8. Introduction to the Our Coast, Our Future Project
  9. Building the Next Generation of Decision-Support Tools
  10. Making Climate Change Modeling Locally Relevant
  11. OCOF Overview
  12. Planning for the Bay of the Future Summary Report

May 2012 Outer Coast Focus Group

  1. Focus Group Notes

August 2011 North-central Coast workshop

  1. August 2011 Workshops Summary Report with Appendices
  2. August 2011 Workshops Summary Report
  3. August 2011 Workshops Appendices
  4. Our Coast, Our Future Project Overview
  5. An Introduction to Tools for Planning and Management
  6. Assessing the North-central Coast's Vulnerability to Climate Change Using the Coastal Storm Modeling System
  7. A Decision Support System for the Our Coast, Our Future Project
  8. August 23, 2011 Participant Survey Results
  9. August 25, 2011 Participant Survey Results
  10. Announcement
  11. Agenda
  12. Locations and Directions

Updated: Feb 21, 2017