San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast Sentinel Site Cooperative
The San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast Sentinel Site Cooperative, one of five NOAA Cooperatives in the nation, is focused on enhancing the capacity of communities in the San Francisco Bay Area of California to adapt to sea level rise and coastal flooding issues. The collaboration is a partnership of federal, state, and local representatives from NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and California Sea Grant. The Cooperative's goals are to build partnerships, capacity, and awareness across the region with a focus on sea level rise adaptation initiatives and building coastal resilience.
The Cooperative has three focus areas, which are listed here with the current initiatives aimed at adaptation in these areas:
- Supporting development of a regional network for early detection and changes in forecasting of marsh ecosystems: tracking the response of tidal marshes to sea level rise and build adaptive capacity into restoration projects
- Bridging natural and built adaptation planning: developing best practices with the most recent science and data to better integrate goals related to restoring healthy ecosystems and protecting coastal communities from rising sea levels, storms and flooding events
- Fostering resilience efforts that incorporate connections between the ocean and bay: initiating a collaborative exchange between scientists and managers working on both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge