Areas Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay

Sea level rise is a concern for many Bay Area residents, community leaders, and resource managers.  BCDC is taking multiple steps to address the threat of sea level rise and provide the latest data and tools to better understand sea level rise vulnerability around the Bay.

Below are a number of tools that can assist local stakeholders in learning more about the risks associated with Sea Level Rise.

NOAA Office for Coastal Management Sea Level Rise Viewer

NOAA has developed a useful tool depicting the potential for inundation across a number of sea level rise scenarios. The Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer depicts a range of sea level rise scenarios from 0 to 6 feet, as well as potential impacts to marshes and human communities. The Viewer illustrates changes in flood frequency and includes visual simulations of flooding at local sites. The Viewer is also a useful tool for both professionals and the public to understand local impacts.

We encourage all interested parties to visit the NOAA Office for Coastal Management website and use the tool to explore the potential effects of sea level rise.  If you have questions about the tool please explore the extensive frequently asked questions or connect with NOAA Office for Coastal Management ter through the options on that page.

NOAA Office for Coastal Management Sea Level Rise Viewer

Our Coast Our Future

Our Coast, Our Future (OCOF) is a collaborative, user-driven project focused on providing locally relevant, online maps and tools to San Francisco Bay Area coastal resource and land use managers and planners. These tools help the user understand, visualize, and anticipate vulnerabilities to sea level rise and storms within the bay and on the outer coast from Half Moon Bay to Bodega Bay.

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Climate Central – Surging Seas

The Climate Central – Surging Seas tool allows users to see maps of areas below different amounts of sea level rise and flooding, down to neighborhood scale, matched with area timelines of risk. The tool also provides statistics of population, homes and land affected by city, county and state, plus links to factsheets, data downloads, action plans, embeddable widgets and more.

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Want to Know More?

If you are seeking additional information concerning sea level rise and climate change in the Bay Area, please see our Adapting To Rising Tides website, or within the greater state of California the Cal-Adapt website.

Background Report: Living with a Rising Bay

The 2011 Background Report, Living With A Rising Bay: Vulnerability And Adaptation In San Francisco Bay And On the Shoreline (approved on October 6, 2011 ), first identified vulnerabilities in the Bay Area’s economic and environmental systems, as well as the potential impacts of climate change on public health and safety. The background report provides the basis for all versions of the proposed findings and policies concerning climate change.