San Francisco Bay Shoreline Adaptation Atlas: Working with Nature to Plan for Sea Level Rise Using Operational Landscape Units

As the climate continues to change, San Francisco Bay shoreline communities will need to adapt in order to build social and ecological resilience to rising sea levels. Given the complex and varied nature of the Bay shore, a science-based framework is essential to identify effective adaptation strategies that are appropriate for their particular settings and that take advantage of natural processes. This report proposes such a framework—Operational Landscape Units (OLUs) for San Francisco Bay. The framework provided in this report divides the Bay shoreline into 30 OLUs—connected geographic areas that share common physical characteristics and that would accordingly benefit from being managed as individual units. Chapters include: Delineating OLU boundaries; Characterizing the OLUs; Adaptation measures; and Adaptation opportunities by OLU. The intent of this report and the OLU framework is to foster and inform a collaborative, data-driven vision for resilience to sea level rise that can be implemented at multiple scales. Building on and supporting the many progressive projects already underway, this report intends to provide guidance for the regulatory community, regional governments, planners, and members of local communities on how to proactively integrate nature-based adaptation measures into adaptation plans.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    San Francisco Estuary Institute

    Richmond, CA  United States 


    654 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94105

    San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board

    San Francisco, CA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Beagle, Julie
    • Lowe, Jeremy
    • McKnight, Katie
    • Safran, Sam
    • Tam, Laura
    • Szambelan, Sarah Jo
  • Publication Date: 2019-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Version 1.0
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 262p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01710719
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781950313013
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SFEI publication #915
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 2019 4:10PM