Living With a Rising Bay: Vulnerability and Adaptation in San Francisco Bay and on its Shoreline

Living With a Rising Bay is a vulnerability assessment from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) which focuses on the impacts of sea level rise on the San Francisco Bay area, and how local governments can respond. Specifically the report addresses the impacts of sea level rise on neighborhoods, job centers, transportation, water and waste water infrastructure, and vital ecosystem services. 

Chapter five of the report provides detailed adaptation strategies. Some of the strategies discussed include conducting a vulnerability analysis and identifying long- and short-term strategies.

This assessment acknowledges that a disproportionate number of low-income residents and people of color are potentially exposed to the impacts of sea-level rise in many Bay Area counties.  

The assessment also points out the unique vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses, the elderly, children, renters, persons with limited English proficiency, and single-parent families. In addition, a section on public health describes potential impacts on vulnerable populations from climate-related events other than sea level rise.

The authors recommend that local governments and other management agencies pursue a social equity study and financial assistance programs. The authors argue for additional studies to determine if vulnerable communities are located in proximity to sites with hazardous or toxic substances, including 130 sites within the 100-year floodplain. 


Publication Date: September 23, 2011

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