Special Exhibit

Visualizing the Future

Preparing for climate change in the Tijuana River Valley

 

mural_paintingClimate change poses a new challenge as we work to conserve coastal landscapes, habitats, and communities. To address this new challenge, the Climate Understanding and Resilience in the River Valley (CURRV) project assessed the potential local effects of climate change associated with sea level rise and flooding from the Tijuana River. This exhibit contains murals that illustrate four different possible futures, or scenarios, that scientists developed through CURRV.

 

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Art as Science – Science as Art

Our Artist-In-Residence, Audrey Carver, brought the science to life through her painting.  Each of the four scenes highlights the habitats and wildlife that would be characteristic of each scenario.  The paintings are interpretations of the science behind the scenarios, providing a window into the future.

Understanding Scenarios

Scenarios are not predictions. Each scenario is an alternative representation of how the future may unfold. Considering the past, present and future, three overarching questions guided the formation of each scenario:

  • Past: What was the Tijuana River Valley like historically?
  • Present: What characterizes the River Valley today?
  • Future: How might changes in our climate shape the River Valley in the future?

See the exhibit announcement here!

 

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Meet the Artist – Audrey Carver

Art is how I interpret the world around me. When I was two years old, I loved to color. Pieces of paper, the walls, the floor and even my feet were all potential masterpieces. By five, I was painting and drawing everything I experienced, from wildlife to kids on the playground. My home in the small mountain town of Idyllwild, California has been a constant source of inspiration; a beautiful, strange community where it is more acceptable to be a barefoot artist than a lawyer or doctor. Now, at 17, I am lucky to be attending Idyllwild Arts Academy. I hope that, through my paintings, I can share the beauty and drama of the natural world, and communicate the importance of respecting ­­our environment to create a sustainable future.

 

In addition to Audrey, thank you to everyone at TRNERR who made this exhibit possible, including:

  • Marya Ahmad
  • Dani Boudreau
  • Jeff Crooks
  • Julio Lorda
  • Anne Marie Tipton
  • Enrique Mendibles
  • Lorena Warner- Lara

Special thanks to Amber Pairis and the Climate Science Alliance – South Coast for helping to make this exhibit possible through their Artists in Residence Program. Learn more: climatesciencealliance.org

Funding provided by grants from the Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative.

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Climate Change Communications training

Strategic Framing for Climate Change Conversations

June 15, 2016

Based on the framework and techniques developed as part of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Intepretation (NNOCCI) project*, participants learned about:

  • Strategic framing – a research-based approach to communications that helps to engage audiences in thinking productively about how they can participate in creating or supporting solutions that address climate change.
  • How strategic framing elements, when put together, tell a story about climate change that can help communicators to engage audiences in positive ways.
  • Framing tools using tone, values, metaphors, and solutions.

This training was co-hosted by the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Sea Life Aquarium, and the Climate Science Alliance- South Coast.

 

Presentations

Introduction

Know Your Swamp

 

Handouts

Climate Science Cheat Sheet

Strategic Framing Cheat Sheet

Strategic Framing Journey

Explanatory Metaphors

Strategic Framing ‘Traps’

Swamp Graphic

Values

Navigating the Swamp with Bridging & Pivoting

Framing With Explanatory Chains

Cultural Models

Navigating the Swamp – Using Cultural Models

Framing in Six Steps

Framing Fluency Rubric

 

Exercises

Practice with ‘Heat Trapping Blanket” Metaphor

Vetting A Solution Discussion

 

Videos

Street Interviews – Understanding Climate Change and our Oceans

Social Math Webinar – NNOCCI Mini-Training

Interpreting Climate Change – Monarch Butterfly

 

Websites & Additional Resources

Climate Interpreter

Skeptical Science

Climate Change Communication & Education Resources

 

 

*National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Intepretation (NNOCCI): With support from the National Science Foundation’s Climate Change Education Partnership program, NNOCCI’s goal is to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public in ways that are engaging and stimulate dialog that is interesting, welcoming and solutions-oriented.

This is a collaborative effort led by the New England Aquarium with the Association for Zoos and Aquariums, FrameWorks Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, New Knowledge Organization in partnership with Pennsylvania State University and Ohio’s Center for Science and Industry.
Learn more: http://www.nnocci.org/Home_Page.php

Climate Scenario Planning for the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Coastal managers from California and Alaska are partnering to apply the Tijuana River Reserve’s expertise in collaborative scenario planning to prepare for the future in Kachemak Bay, Alaska.

 

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Local climate impacts

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Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Reseaerch Reserve  (Kenai Peninsula, Alaska)

Climate change impacts in Alaska are much more pronounced than in other regions of the United States. Communities in the Kenai Peninsula are already coping with a variety of impacts related to a warming climate, including reductions in wetland areas, glacial ice coverage, and freshwater availability; and increases in temperatures, ocean acidification, and harmful algal blooms.

 

 

Enhancing resiliency through collaboration

Efforts to document these recent environmental changes will be leveraged to create tangible recommendations and a long-term local strategy for adaptation to rapid climate change. Barriers hindering effective climate change planning on the peninsula include the uncertainty of future trajectories, a need for a synthesis of regional data, and limited capacity for interagency collaboration. This project aims to address these needs and help coastal communities on the Kenai Peninsula plan for a changing climate.

 

 

Transferring knowledge

Drawing upon experience using scenario planning to help local communities prepare for climate change in the Tijuana River Valley (Southern California), the project team will use the best available science to facilitate local dialogue addressing how climate change may impact the Kenai Peninsula. The project will engage regional leaders and community stakeholders to collaboratively develop plausible future planning scenarios based on a wide range of possible environmental responses to a changing climate. Ultimately this process and the resulting scenarios will help to inform area resource managers and land use planners as they lay the groundwork for future research, regulation, and development. Additionally, the project will document the process and lessons learned to further demonstrate the applicability of scenario planning across geographically distinct communities.

An interdepartmental planning team from both reserves, guided by Kenai Peninsula stakeholders, will:

  • Synthesize climate change science and impacts – Compile the best available science on climate change impacts projected for the Kenai Peninsula.
  • Identify priorities – Informally survey stakeholders to gain insight into local climate observations, risk perceptions, and regional perspectives on steps needed for successful community adaptation.
  • Engage stakeholders – Convene stakeholders to provide an overview of the best available science on local climate change impacts and compile community climate scenarios to inform local decision-making processes and management actions.
  • Document lessons learned – The process and lessons learned will be documented and distributed broadly throughout the reserve system.
  • Apply project results – Kachemak Bay Reserve will utilize the climate scenarios developed in this project to inform future data collection priorities, and advance local adaptation planning and actions.

 

 

Empowering communities

This project aims to help empower and support stakeholders in the Kenai Penninsula, providing them with a framework from which they can work towards a common vision for the future of their community in the face of a changing climate.  Anticipated benefits include:

  • Increased awareness and understanding of climate change science and vulnerabilities among Kenai Peninsula decision makers.
  • Strengthened stakeholder network to address a changing climate and increase coastal resilience.
  • Expanded regional capacity to prepare for climate change with tangible adaptation actions.

 

 

 

About the Science Collaborative
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Science Collaborative supports collaborative research that addresses coastal management problems important to the reserves. The Science Collaborative is managed by the University of Michigan’s Water Center through a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Funding for the research reserves and this program comes from NOAA. Learn more at www.coast.noaa.gov/nerrs or www.graham.umich.edu/water/nerrs.

NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Awarded!!

San Diego Organizations Receive Landmark Federal Funding to Help Prepare Local Communities for Coastal Storms & Flooding

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February 4, 2016

The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative and project partners, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR) and the Climate Science Alliance- South Coast, secured an extremely competitive National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant for $689,500. The project is one of only six grants awarded out of a pool of 150 national proposals, and is the first West Coast project to receive funding from this landmark federal program addressing coastal climate hazards.

“Our success in securing this funding is due in large part to the valuable partnerships that our organizations have with San Diego cities, scientists, and non-profits,” states Laura Engeman, Manager of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative.  “No one organization or community is single-handedly capable of warding off the potential threats of storms, waves, and coastal flooding, so we are finding ways to combine our collective resources to protect our region.” Matching project funds are being provided by the cities of Carlsbad and Del Mar, and The San Diego Foundation.

This funding will assist coastal cities currently working to address coastal flooding and sea level rise vulnerabilities (Carlsbad, Del Mar, Imperial Beach) by bringing in scientific, legal, and economic expertise.  “By leveraging the unique expertise we have in this region, we can collectively develop innovative and creative solutions to safeguard our communities and natural places from climate impacts,” says Amber Pairis, Director of the Climate Science Alliance.

Another component of the project will focus on how natural coastal habitats can be used to help protect the places where we live, work, and play from coastal flooding and extreme storms. Danielle Boudreau, Coastal Management Specialist (Coastal Training Program) with the Tijuana River NERR, states that “Natural habitats, such as wetlands and dunes, not only serve to protect wildlife but these systems mitigate the impacts of rising tides, waves, and shoreline erosion to our coastal communities.”

The NOAA award provides national recognition of the value of our region’s shoreline and coast. It’s an unparalleled opportunity for San Diego to highlight its role as a national leader in proactively protecting our residents, businesses, and natural habitats in the face of increasing climatic extremes and changes.

About the Lead Organizations

  • San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative: A network in the San Diego region supporting public agencies with advancing climate change planning. SDRCC partners with academia, non-profits, and businesses to demonstrate regional leadership and share expertise, leverage resources, and advance comprehensive solutions.  www.sdclimatecollaborative.org
  • Climate Science Alliance- South Coast: A multi-organization partnership formed to create and support a network of leaders, scientists, and natural resource managers focused on sharing ecosystem-based resiliency approaches to safeguard our communities and natural resources from climate change risks. The alliance was established through a partnership between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative. http://www.climatesciencealliance.org/
  • Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR): Located on the US-Mexico border between San Diego and Tijuana, TRNERR is part of a national network of 28 protected areas established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct research, monitoring, restoration, education, and training. The Reserve works to improve our understanding and management of estuaries and coasts through a partnership between NOAA, California State Parks, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association. http://trnerr.org/

For more information contact Dani Boudreau at dboudreau(at)trnerr.org or visit the NOAA grant notification website at https://coast.noaa.gov/resilience-grant/projects/

Managing Visitor Use workshop materials

Managing Visitor Use: Planning Worksheets

Working Group

Successful Adaptation & the Tijuana River Valley

August 27, 2015 | Agenda

An interactive discussion in pursuit of the following objectives:

  • Begin to collaboratively develop a vision and goals for successfully adapting to climate change in the TRV, while exploring what successful adaptation looks like on-the-ground
  • Learn about techniques for and examples of measuring “successful adaptation” through development of indicators/metrics
  • Consider what indicators/metrics can be used to measure and propel us toward climate resiliency

Presentations:

 

 

CURRV Informational Products & Reports

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Click here for CURRV home page

 

Click here for updates on CURRV events, including working group meetings, expert workshops, and trainings

 

 

Please find below links to informational products and reports that document the purpose, progress, and results of the CURRV project.  Keep in mind that this process is adaptive, meaning that as new information becomes available the below documents may be updated.

 

Project Details

 

Reports

This report compiles information about the Tijuana River Valley to ensure that all stakeholders involved in the planning process have a baseline understanding of what resources are present within the valley, how the area is managed, and what threatens the long-term sustainability of the natural habitats and built infrastructure.  Information in this document was compiled with input from participants of the CURRV Kick-off Stakeholder Workshop, providing the foundation for the scenarios and the development of climate adaptation strategies.

This scenario planning guidebook outlines the process of developing four future planning scenarios for the Tijuana River Valley, capturing lessons learned and the results from discussions at workshops and one-on-one interviews.  Executive summary coming soon!

Adaptation Strategies and an Implementation Plan are being developed to inform the 2017 update of the Reserve’s Comprehensive Management Plan, ensuring climate change adaptation is a central component to Reserve management and the core programmatic areas- Cultural & Historical Resources, Education & Community Outreach, Research, Stewardship, and Training. This document will be updated as new stakeholder input is incorporated.

 

Workshop Summaries

Below are workshop summary reports resulting from collaborative CURRV workshops and trainings. Click here for more information on CURRV events, including working group meetings, expert workshops, and trainings.

 

Art Exhibit

Our Artist-In-Residence, Audrey Carver, brought the science to life through her painting.  The exhibit contains murals that illustrate the four different possible futures, or scenarios, that scientists developed through CURRV. Each of the four scenes highlights the habitats and wildlife that would be characteristic of each scenario.  The paintings are interpretations of the science behind the scenarios, providing a window into the future. To learn more please visit: http://trnerr.org/visualizing-the-future/

 

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CURRV Planning Process

CURRV Planning Process

 

Future Planning Scenarios

Scenarios

 

Integrating Scenarios into Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Planning

Scenarios, Vulnerability, & Adaptation

 

Stakeholder Workshop Photos

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CURRV Workshops & Trainings

CURRV logo

Click here for CURRV home page

 

Click here for CURRV informational products and reports

 

 

 

This workshop and training series was designed to generate input from  stakeholders on the development of  climate adaptation strategies for the Tijuana River Valley, while simultaneously helping to build a broad regional understanding regarding climate change, resilience, and adaptation among regional decision-makers.

 

Gathering Stakeholder Input

Adaptation Planning Working Groups

February 2016 – Present

Each working group is charged with identifying and recommending specific adaptation strategies to be integrated into the Reserve’s Comprehensive Management Plan 2016 Update. The working groups are currently working to refine strategies and develop performance indicators for each strategy.  Working group focal areas include:

  • Cultural & Historical Resources
  • Education, Community Outreach, & Visitor Services
  • Public Access & Recreation
  • Research
  • Restoration, Stewardship, & Wildlife
  • Training

Successful Adaptation & the Tijuana River Valley

August 27, 2015 | Agenda

An interactive discussion in pursuit of the following objectives:

  • Begin to collaboratively develop a vision and goals for successfully adapting to climate change in the TRV, while exploring what successful adaptation looks like on-the-ground
  • Learn about techniques for and examples of measuring “successful adaptation” through development of indicators/metrics
  • Consider what indicators/metrics can be used to measure and propel us toward climate resiliency

Presentations:

Built Environment Vulnerability Assessment

Expert Interview Series

August 2014 – February 2015

During these interviews, participants are conducting a qualitative vulnerability assessment of the non-natural assets in the Tijuana River Valley.  Throughout the one-on-one conversations a comprehensive understanding of what climate and environmental changes the public agencies that own and manage land in the River Valley are proactively planning for in an attempt to collaboratively maintain and enhance local resilience.  The management sectors that are being explored during theses interviews include: cultural and historical resources; parks, recreation, and public access; agriculture; navy; border patrol; stormwater management and flood control; wastewater management; and transportation.  The results of these interviews will be compiled alongside the results of the Scenario Planning Expert Workshop and the Natural Habitat Vulnerability Assessment Expert Workshop to provide a comprehensive understanding of future vulnerabilities.

Natural Habitat Vulnerability Assessment

Expert Workshop

June 2, 2014 | Agenda | Summary of Vulnerabilities

During this workshop, biologists, ecologists, and land-use managers conducted a qualitative vulnerability assessment, partaking in a day-long discussion about the primary habitats throughout the river valley, and their potential vulnerability in each of the four scenarios identified in the Scenario Planning Expert Workshop.  This workshop will result in a report outlining the future vulnerabilities of the TRV’s natural habitats (coming soon!).

Scenario Planning Expert Workshop

December 16, 2013 | Agenda | Scenarios Report

Coastal geomorphologists, engineers, oceanographers, land use managers, and ecologists were convened to delve into how climate change might alter the physical landscape of the Tijuana River Valley.  The workshop resulted in a report outlining four potential futures, addressing changes in tidal prism and extreme river flow events.  The results from this workshop will feed directly into the CURRV climate vulnerability assessment.

Hosted as part of the Temporal Investigations of Marsh Ecosystems (TIME) project and facilitated by the Center for Collaborative Policy.

Stakeholder Kick- Off Workshop

April 16, 2013 | Agenda

Meeting objectives included: 1) Providing foundational information on climate change and adaptation processes, and how it translates to CURRV.  2) Establishing a collective understanding of existing conditions in the river valley and vulnerability assessments.

 Presentations:
Exercises:

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Building Regional Capacity

Strategic Framing of Climate Change Conversations

June 15, 2016 | Workshop Materials

Based on the framework and techniques developed as part of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) project, participants learned how to use “strategic framing” to tell a story about climate change that can help communicators to engage audiences in positive ways.  Attendees learned how to use framing elements including tone, values, metaphors, and solutions.

Hosted in partnership with Sea Life Aquarium and the Climate Science Alliance- South Coast.

Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Tribal Nations

June 7-8, 2016

This 3-day course provided an introduction to planning for climate change impacts, with examples of tribes that have been going through the adaptation planning process. The course was intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals, with a specific focus on tribes in the Southwest. Topics covered include: (1) Overview of climate change and impacts in the region; (2) Process of developing climate change adaptation plans, from getting started, to impact and vulnerability assessments, to developing adaptation strategies; and (3) Tools, resources and partnerships for adaptation planning.

Hosted in partnership with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals- Northern Arizona University, Pala Band of Mission Indians, and the Climate Science Alliance- South Coast.

Climate – Smart Conservation training

June 2 & 3, 2016

This one day overview class was based on the guide Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice. The course provided an introduction to climate adaptation for application to on-the-ground conservation. It provided an overview of how to craft climate-informed conservation goals, to carry out adaptation with intentionality, and how to manage for change and not just persistence.   The course was offered at two separate locations on back-to-back days at the California Department of Fish & Wildlife offices in San Diego and Los Alamitos.

Hosted in partnership with the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) and the Climate Science Alliance- South Coast.

 Understanding the Coastal Commission’s Sea Level Rise Guidance

March 29, 2016 | Workshop Resources

In the morning session, participants learned about current sea level rise efforts occurring across San Diego County; and the Coastal Commission’s updated Sea Level Rise Guidance and how it can be applied to local planning and decision-making.  In the afternoon session, participants learned more about approaches for long-term sea level rise planning (e.g., trigger approach), and partook in interactive discussions that explored how phased approaches to SLR planning can be incorporated into local goals and planning processes.

Developed in partnership with the California Coastal Commission and the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative.

Planning for Sea Level Rise using the New Coastal Storm Model

November 18, 2015 | Workshop Resources

Introductory overview of the new USGS Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) for the South Coast.  Participants learned: (1) what the San Diego region is doing to prepare for sea level rise; (2) what the CoSMoS model is; and (3) how CoSMoS can inform local planning.

Developed in partnership with USC Sea Grant, USGS, and the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative.

Climate – Smart Conservation training

November 6, 2015 | Flyer

This one day overview class was based on the guide Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice. The course provided an introduction to climate adaptation for application to on-the-ground conservation. It provided an overview of how to craft climate-informed conservation goals, to carry out adaptation with intentionality, and how to manage for change and not just persistence.

Hosted in partnership with the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) and the Climate Science Alliance- South Coast.

Introducing Green Infrastructure:

Approaches to Prepare for San Diego’s Changing Climate

April 29, 2015 | Agenda

Presentations & Resources | Summary Report

During this full-day introductory training, participants learned fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making our communities more resilient to a changing climate. Through presentations by local practitioners and group discussions, participants learned about local projects designed to address stormwater through green infrastructure strategies, and ways in which these projects can meet both water quality and other community goals.  Participants were introduced to:

  • Green infrastructure terms, concepts, and practices
  • Ecological, economic, and societal benefits of green infrastructure
  • Using green infrastructure to prepare for a changing climate
  • A wide variety of contexts and scales for implementation of green infrastructure projects
  • Innovative resources for implementing green infrastructure

Developed in partnership with the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative and NOAA Office for Coastal Management.

One Watershed, One Future: Preparing for Climate Change

March 10, 2015 | Agenda |

Presentations & Resources (English, Spanish)

A binational exchange of information and ideas regarding conservation of the Tijuana River Watershed along the US-Mexico border, with a focus on climate change.  Participants will:

  • Become familiar with the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), specifically the Tijuana River NERR (TRNERR) and its efforts on climate change adaptation
  • Learn about the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC) and the San Diego Climate Science Alliance, and explore opportunities for future collaboration
  • Better understand regional climate change impacts, and climate-smart approaches for preparing our communities for the future
  • Build skills in assessing vulnerabilities to climate change, and evaluating adaptation strategies

Developed in partnership with the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and California State Parks.

 Orange County Regional Sea Level Rise &

Coastal Impacts Outreach Workshop

February 23, 2015 | Agenda

This training facilitated a regional discussion around planning for sea level rise in light of new science, policy guidelines, and management approaches.  Participants gained new skills as the following objectives were met:

  • Provide information about USGS’s Coastal Storms Modeling System and how it relates to other regional sea level rise models & tools
  • Discuss current initiatives in the region and opportunities for collaboration
  • Provide training on vulnerability assessments and adaptive management in planning for sea level rise impacts
  • Encourage networking with municipalities & regional partners and share information about ongoing sea level rise planning efforts in Orange County

Developed in partnership with USC Sea Grant, the FloodRISE project at the University of California, Irvine, the County of Orange, and the California Coastal Conservancy.

Planning & Facilitating Stakeholder Meetings

February 10 & 11, 2015

Planning and facilitating multiple stakeholder processes, such as Climate Action Planning, can be complicated, requiring a systematic approach. This course provided the skills and tools to design and implement collaborative approaches to balance various stakeholder interests.

After completing this course, participants are able to:

  • Design meetings that enhance problem solving and minimize conflict
  • Practice facilitation skills
  • Use appropriate process tools and techniques to address the meeting objectives
  • Manage conflict in meetings by understanding group dynamics
  • Identify disruptive behaviors in group processes and practice strategies to deal with them

The course was taught by NOAA Coastal Services Center’s expert training staff.  Hosted in partnership with the San Diego Climate Collaborative,

San Diego Regional Sea Level Rise &

Coastal Impacts Outreach Workshop

October 30, 2014 | Agenda

This training facilitated a regional discussion around planning for sea level rise in light of new science, policy guidelines, and management approaches.  Participants gained new skills as the following objectives were met:

  • Provide information about USGS’s Coastal Storms Modeling System and how it relates to other regional sea level rise models & tools
  • Discuss the regulatory and policy frameworks relevant to sea level rise
  • Provide training on “adaptive management” and the range of adaptation strategies available to a community
  • Encourage networking with municipalities & regional partners and share information about ongoing sea level rise planning efforts in San Diego

Developed in partnership with USC Sea Grant, San Diego Climate Collaborative, The San Diego Foundation, & the California Coastal Conservancy.

Lifting the Fog: Bringing Clarity to Sea Level Rise and Shoreline Change Models and Tools Project

Over the past several years in California, new tools, models, and guidance have been developed to address the impacts of coastal climate change. These resources are primarily targeted at the local coastal decision-makers who are on the front lines of sea level rise and storm surge impacts, and must prepare their communities for the future. To help local decision-makers use these new resources, a coalition of public, private, and non-profit organizations collaborated to provide practical support for coastal climate change adaptation planning practitioners. This effort, called “Lifting the Fog”, took place in 2014 through a series of facilitated dialogues, trainings, and collaborative product development.

Developed in partnership with NOAA Office for Coastal Management, San Francisco Bay NERR, Gulf of Farollones National Marine Sanctuary, Coravai, and The Nature Conservancy.

Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities

October 1 – 3, 2013 | Flyer | Agenda

This intensive and highly interactive three-day training course provided individuals with a climate adaptation toolkit to proactively address adaptation planning in the context of local priorities. The course was taught by NOAA Coastal Services Center’s expert training staff and local partners. After completing this course, participants were able to:

  • Recognize the changes and variability in climate, and its influence on coastal communities
  • Examine methods for conducting hazard, vulnerability, and risk assessment as it relates to climate change
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of adaptation strategies
  • Communicate effectively with target audiences
  • Identify opportunities to leverage a range of governance mechanisms to integrate adaptation strategies into existing efforts

Hosted in partnership with the San Diego Climate Collaborative.

Beyond Bathtub:

Modeling & Responding to Sea Level Rise and Shoreline Change

December 19, 2012 |  Agenda | Summary Report

This workshop was designed to help local city planners and environmental managers better understand sea level rise and shoreline change modeling.  The workshop allowed scientists to hear from planners/ managers about management needs and tool utility to inform future research and modeling efforts. Likewise, planners/ managers heard from scientists about the state-of-the science regarding climate change modeling and application constraints. The workshop served as a venue for this bi-directional information transfer to occur.  Click here to access workshop presentations.

Developed in partnership with California Ocean Protection Council, University of Southern California Sea Grant, and West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health.