September Educational Meeting: Geospatial Tools in Climate Change Planning

  • Thursday, September 26, 2013
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Metropoloitan Transit Commision (MTC) - 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, California 94607

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Geospatial Tools in Climate Change Planning

Cal-Adapt: Exploring California’s Climate Change Research
Kevin Koy, Executive Director of the Geospatial Innovation Facility, UC Berkeley

The Cal-Adapt (http://cal-adapt.org) web application has been developed to showcase the wealth of innovative climate change research being produced by the scientific community in California. Through a combination of locally relevant information, visualization tools, and access to primary data, Cal-Adapt allows users to investigate how the climate is projected to change in their area of interest.In addition to describing the development process, there will also be a live demo presenting currently available data and features available through Cal-Adapt, including temperature, snowpack, sea level rise, and fire visualization tools.

Download the Cal_Adapt presentation here: BAAMA_Presentation_KevinKoy.pdf

SF Bay Margin Conservation and Management 
Decision Support System (DSS)
Brian Fulfrost, Principal at Brian Fulfrost and Associates

A GIS based decision support system (DSS) to identify and prioritize marsh-upland ecotonal habitats (transitions) to assist land managers in restoring and protecting San Francisco Bay’s tidal marsh ecosystem will be presented. The DSS takes a strategic approach towards decision support, by accounting for the landward migration of high marsh and other transitional habitats in response to predicted sea level rise (SLR). Current documents do not adequately describe transitional zone habitats, quantify the amount needed to aid listed species recovery while allowing for SLR, nor prioritize specific sites for protection and restoration. The DSS combines definitions, GIS models of the distribution of wetland-upland transitional zone habitat at the landscape level, site specific indicators for ranking patch “quality” for restoration or protection, and parcels level maps for prioritizing wetland-upland transitional zone habitat throughout the SF estuary. This toolkit will help managers allocate limited resources on site prioritization, alternative/scenario evaluation, and will include considerations for the influence of future climate change and land-use scenarios.  Project findings will be made available on the web through an interactive mapping tool.

Download the SF Bay Marin presentation here: Fulfrost_TZHDSS_BAAMA_Sept26_2013.pdf

Adapting to Rising Tides – Sea Level Rise Inundation Mapping
Kris May, (Ph.D., P.E.) Senior Project Manager

Coastal Engineer and Scientist - AECOM

Sea level rise is impacting Bay Area shorelines, infrastructure and communities. In order to compete a climate change vulnerability and risk assessment and develop appropriate adaptation strategies, it is critical to first understand climate change exposure, such as depth and extent of inundation, and the timing of exposure-related impacts. A variety of sea level rise maps are available within the Bay Area to support these efforts, including the recent release of the NOAA Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Impacts Viewer along the California coast and within San Francisco Bay. However, new detailed inundation maps and shoreline delineations are sometimes required to support regional- and project-level planning. This talk will present work completed for the Adapting to Rising Tides project, including a summary of data sources leveraged and the methodologies that were used.


Download the SLR mapping presentation here: BAAMA_Presentation_KrisMay.pdf

 
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