“ART” Project Increases Resilience in the San Francisco Bay Area

To help the San Francisco Bay region prepare for impacts associated with sea level rise, state and federal partners implemented the Adapting to Rising Tides, or ART, project. The project developed risk and vulnerability assessments and provided findings and recommendations to local and state officials to improve resilience. Local hazard mitigation and recovery plans, as well as similar plans in place for the international airport, benefited from the information. To further extend the positive impact, other communities are using the new resources developed for this project to support local adaptation planning and provide a “help desk” to assist with neighborhood and regional adaptation efforts.

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, along with NOAA and other partners, initiated this collaborative planning effort. The project used high-resolution topographic data collected by NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the California Ocean Protection Council. Sea level rise maps were developed using the same method employed for the NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer, and social vulnerability index (SoVI) data were used to assess community vulnerability. A NOAA training, Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk, helped communities understand how to integrate coastal hazard and climate data into planning and decision-making. All the aforementioned data, tools, and trainings are available from NOAA’s Digital Coast website.

More Information: coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/stories/rising-tides

Partners: Adapting to Rising Tides, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission