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

NOAA participation and Digital Coast data proved helpful for risk assessments and local hazard mitigation and recovery plans.

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 recommendations to improve resilience. Local hazard mitigation and recovery plans, as well as similar plans in place for the international airport, benefited from the information. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, along with NOAA and other partners, initiated the effort. It employed Digital Coast’s Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk training as well as the methodology behind NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer maps.

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 project used high-resolution topographic data collected by NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the California Ocean Protection Council. Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI) data, featured on Digital Coast, were used to assess community vulnerability, and the “Roadmap” training helped communities understand how to integrate coastal hazard and climate data into planning and decision-making. (2016)

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