Adapting to Rising Tides: Transportation Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Pilot Project

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center to work with San Francisco Bay Area shoreline communities on planning for sea level rise and other climate change related impacts in a project called Adapting to Rising Tides (ART). The project involves evaluating potential shoreline impacts, vulnerabilities, and risks while identifying effective adaptation strategies. ART develops and refines adaptation planning tools and resources that will be useful to communities throughout the Bay Area, ultimately to protect ecosystem and community services. 

A conceptual Risk Assessment model was developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to assess the climate change related SLR risks to transportation infrastructure in a select portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of the project, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 4, and BCDC collaborated on a subregional planning pilot project to test the model. The purpose of the pilot project is to enable the region’s transportation planners to improve vulnerability and risk assessment practices and to help craft effective adaptation strategies. If both existing and planned transportation infrastructure is assessed, vital infrastructure can be protected, and future investments can be guided by the best available information about future climate and SLR conditions.


Publication Date: November 2011

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