Sea Level Rise Mapping: The Past, the Present and the Future



Saturday, May 20, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Creating useful maps that illustrate potential sea level rise in coastal areas can be a confusing topic for those of us without “PE” after our names (most planners). This panel will present an overview of sea level rise mapping and how it has evolved (the “past”); discuss sea level rise mapping as presented in a recent planning document prepared for the City of Richmond per SB 379 (the “present”); and discuss a new and innovative planning tool, the Technical Methods Manual (the “future”). Our panel of a coastal engineer, an oceanographer, and a planner will help “bridge the gap” between planners and technical experts on the topic of sea level rise. The panel will present the City of Richmond’s recent Climate Change Adaptation Study, which is meant to guide adaptation planning by identifying community assets vulnerable to climate change. It will further discuss the Technical Methods Manual for Local and Regional Planners (Relating Future Coastal Conditions to Existing FEMA Flood Hazard Maps), which was developed as part of a multi-agency effort funded by the NOAA Coastal and Ocean Climate Adaptation (COCA) Program, and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) with coordination support from the California Ocean Science Trust (OST) in order to develop guidance products to help local communities adapt and plan for sea level rise.





Dan Cayan

Climate Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography (CASPO) Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Water Resources Discipline U.S. Geological Survey Read More

Jeff Caton

Jeff Caton is the Director of Sustainable Communities at Environmental Science Associates. Read More

Bob Battalio

Bob Battalio is the Vice President of Environmental Hydrology at Environmental Science Associates. Read More

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is an Associate at Environmental Science Associates. Read More

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