Visualization Tools Help Plan for Climate Change in San Francisco

Officials using visualizations developed by the San Francisco Bay research reserve can “see” different scenarios of sea level rise, storm, and king tides—and plan accordingly.

The San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve developed a high-resolution digital elevation model for the San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks to this model, officials were able to develop 40 sea level rise and storm scenarios and 10 king tide scenarios. These visualizations are helping people understand, visualize, and anticipate vulnerability to storms and sea level rise, which in turn influences regional conservation and federal environmental initiatives. (2016)

Partners: Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium, Coravai, LLC, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Point Blue Conservation Science, San Francisco Bay Reserve, U.S. Geological Survey’s Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, U.S. National Park Service