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Regional AdaptLA: Coastal Impacts Planning in the Los Angeles Region
(Jan 5, 2017)

To fully understand the impacts of climate change and how they can inform regional planning polices require a link between the best available scientific tools and local governments. The AdaptLA project strives to provide this link to local coastal jurisdictions and to develop a community of practice for the L.A. region. It is a multi-year project, funded by the State, among a coalition of 11 local municipalities, Los Angeles County and six supporting organizations. USC Sea Grant provides leadership, technical assistance, training workshops, and webinars. The program advances a regional sea level rise and coastal impacts planning process and shares critical scientific information to inform planning efforts.

Coastal Resilience Efforts in San Diego County
(Nov 16, 2016)

A variety of efforts are occurring in the San Diego region, supported by CoSMoS modeling results. The story map below can be viewed in full screen here, and more information is available from the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, and the Resilient Coastlines Project of Greater San Diego.

NOAA Fisheries and Sonoma County Water Agency
(Jul 7, 2016)

The Sonoma County Water Agency, along with NOAA offices involved with the Russian River Habitat Blueprint effort, will be using the expanded OCOF products available from Bodega Head to Point Arena to improve fisheries and water quality management, particularly at the mouth of the Russian River.

Sonoma County - Vulnerability Assessment and Local Coastal Program Update
(Jul 7, 2016)

The County of Sonoma is engaged in a sea level rise vulnerability assessment, and plans to use OCOF to inform more detailed assessments around the town of Jenner and Bodega Bay. The results of the vulnerability assessment will then be used to update the County's Local Coastal Program. More information is available here.

City of Half Moon Bay - Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, General Plan and Local Coastal Program Updates
(Jul 7, 2016)

The City of Half Moon Bay has completed a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, which used OCOF to understand exposure of shoreline assets to sea level rise and changes in storms. This information is now being used to update the City's General Plan and Local Coastal Program. More information can be found at

Marin Climate and Energy Partnership - Climate Action Plans
(Jul 7, 2016)

The Marin Climate and Energy Partnership used flood extent from OCOF to inform each city's Climate Action Plan in terms of SLR exposure. More information is available here.

UC Berkeley - Faculty and Students Use OCOF for Research Around SF Bay
(Jul 6, 2016)

UC Berkeley researchers are using OCOF to:
  1. Estimate the economic cost of sea level rise for Alameda City Council (Simon Fowell – Master of Development Practice program)
  2. Develop strategies for adapting to long-term sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay Area (Dr. Kristina Hill, College of Environmental Design) Summary
  3. Understand the interactions between sea level rise and infrastructure systems, including coastal flood protection, transportation, and governance networks (Dr. Mark Stacey, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering) Summary

San Mateo County - Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment
(Jul 6, 2016)

The County of San Mateo is spearheading a sea level rise vulnerability assessment that uses selected OCOF scenarios to map exposure of various assets along the shoreline. The Assessment is part of a long-term resilience strategy to ensure its communities, ecosystems, and economy are prepared for climate change. The effort, which is spearheaded by Supervisor Pine, is funded by the California State Coastal Conservancy and conducted through a collaborative, multi-stakeholder effort. For more information, visit Sea Change San Mateo County.

Caltrans - Road Network Exposure Analysis
(Jul 6, 2016)

Caltrans is using OCOF flood extent, water surface elevation, and maximum wave height data to assess the vulnerability of the road network under its jurisdiction.

Marin County - Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessments
(Jul 6, 2016)

Marin County is engaged in two main sea level rise assessment projects – one along the outer coast (C-SMART) and one along the San Francisco Bay shoreline (BayWAVE). Both efforts are using selected OCOF scenarios to map the potential exposure of natural and built community assets in order to understand shoreline vulnerabilities. An important outcome of the C-SMART process will be an amendment to the Local Coastal Program (LCP), used to guide development and protection of resources in the Coastal Zone. Policies implemented through the LCP will help ensure adaptation occurs in a way that protects coastal resources, public safety, and continued public access to recreational areas. For more information, visit Marin's SLR website.

San Francisco Bay NERR - China Camp Road Realignment Analysis
(Jul 7, 2015)

The San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve led a collaborative effort to assess road reconfiguration scenarios at China Camp State Park that would improve tidal marsh flushing. CoSMoS was used to evaluate different alternative road designs.

Santa Clara County - Silicon Valley 2.0 Climate Change Risk Management Tool
(Jan 3, 2015)

Silicon Valley 2.0 was developed by the County of Santa Clara Office of Sustainability in order to respond to a gap in regional climate adaptation planning. Part of the project involved development of a decision-support tool that takes a risk management approach to identify the region’s key climate vulnerabilities, the exposure of natural, built, and human assets to those impacts, the likelihood of occurrence, and a cost/benefit analysis of taking specific actions to maintain the region’s resiliency to climate change. Sea level rise was included as a climate change variable, and components of OCOF were integrated into the tool. More information is available here.