San Francisco Bay: Preparing for the Next Level

This report details the results of a pilot project in which researchers from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the Netherlands (as part of the Delta Alliance) came together to study possible adaptation measures to address sea-level rise in the Bay.

A technical analysis of the impacts of sea-level rise on the San Francisco Bay are provided by making use of the Dutch hydraulic model Delft3D.

The report includes a matrix of potential measures to adapt to sea-level rise. In this report, examples of climate adaptation measures and have been arranged in a matrix according to different categories describing the physical character of the measure. These examples have been divided into six broad categories: adaptation; barriers; land reclamation; linear protection; management; and transition.

To facilitate choices between all of the potential measures, a classification of the Bay Area in shoreline typologies is provided and a Strategy Development Method (SDM) based on Tidal Rise Intentions is presented. This SDM is providing a conceptual framework for choosing appropriate measures as part of an adaptation strategy. Institutional and organizational differences for water management between the Netherlands and California are presented and analyzed.





Publication Date: September 21, 2009

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