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Adapting to Rising Tides Bay Shoreline Flood Exlorer - "The Adapting to Rising Tides program has developed this website to help Bay Area communities prepare for the impacts of current and future flooding due to sea level rise and storm surges by learning about causes of flooding, exploring maps of flood risk along our shoreline, and downloading the data for further analysis. These maps increase understanding of what could be at risk without future planning and adaptation, helping Bay communities, governments, and businesses to drive action."
Source: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Publication Date: May 27, 2019
Topics: Adaptation / California: Bay Area and Delta / Flooding / Sea level rise /

Climate Change Risks Faced by California's State Water Project - "A 'bottom-up' climate change vulnerability assessment conducted by the California Department of Water Resources." A story map presenting risks such as long-term persistent hydrologic change and sea level rise. Keyword: SWP
Source: California. Dept. of Water Resources
Publication Date: May 22, 2019
Topics: California: Bay Area and Delta / California: Statewide / Sea level rise / Water supply, changes in supply, snowpack /

Ice sheet contributions to future sea-level rise from structured expert judgment - "Future sea level rise (SLR) poses serious threats to the viability of coastal communities, but continues to be challenging to project using deterministic modeling approaches. Nonetheless, adaptation strategies urgently require quantification of future SLR uncertainties, particularly upper-end estimates. Structured expert judgement (SEJ) has proved a valuable approach for similar problems. Our findings, using SEJ, produce probability distributions with long upper tails that are influenced by interdependencies between processes and ice sheets. We find that a global total SLR exceeding 2 m by 2100 lies within the 90% uncertainty bounds for a high emission scenario. This is more than twice the upper value put forward by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the Fifth Assessment Report." (Bamber, J. L., et al., 2019, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Edited by Rahmstorf, S.)
Publication Date: May 20, 2019
Topics: Sea and Polar ice / Sea level rise /

Decision Scaling Climate Vulnerability Assessment for the California Department of Water Resources Final Report - "This assessment of long-term and persistent hydrologic impacts of climate change focuses on the effects to the operation of the State Water Project (SWP), including ecological conditions that dictate operating rules. DWR owns and operates the SWP for flood control, maintenance of environmental and water quality conditions, water supply, hydropower, and recreation. Consequently, analysis of SWP performance under climate-changed conditions yields an array of impact metrics across these areas of concern. The analysis focuses on persistent medium- and long-term conditions evaluated at a monthly time-step. Short-duration extreme precipitation events that cause flooding may also stress water resource management but are beyond the scope of this study." Also known as: Climate Change Risks Faced by the Central Valley Water Resource System: Final Report. Keyword: CVS
Source: California. Dept. of Water Resources
Publication Date: May 15, 2019
Topics: Adaptation / California: Statewide / Drought / Precipitation, Extreme Weather / Water supply, changes in supply, snowpack /

Water-Energy Nexus Registry - "The first-ever voluntary registry for greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the water-energy nexus. Open to organizations with operations in California." (CalEPA and The Climate Registry)
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Topics: Energy management and conservation / Greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, mitigation / Registries and Protocols / Water utilities guidance / Water-Energy-Climate Calculations /

IPBES Global Assessment Summary for Policymakers - "Nature and its vital contributions to people, which together embody biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, are deteriorating worldwide. . . . Direct and indirect drivers of change have accelerated during the past 50 years. . . . Goals for conserving and sustainably using nature and achieving sustainability cannot be met by current trajectories, and goals for 2030 and beyond may only be achieved through transformative3 changes across economic, social, political and technological factors. . . . Nature can be conserved, restored and used sustainably while simultaneously meeting other global societal goals through urgent and concerted efforts fostering transformative change." (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, an arm of the United Nations)
Publication Date: May 6, 2019
Topics: Ecosystem Services and Climate Change / Ecosystems, Habitat, Threatened Species / Global issues, human impacts / Politics, laws, United Nations, etc. /

San Francisco Bay Shoreline Adaptation Atlas - "A critical tool for this process is a science-based framework for developing adaptation strategies that are appropriate for the diverse shoreline of the Bay and that take advantage of natural processes. This report propsoes such a framework. Operational Landscape Units (OLUs) were created to address the question, 'Can we work with nature's jurisdictions to adapt to sea level rise?' "
Source: San Francisco Estuary Institute
Publication Date: May 2, 2019
Topics: Adaptation / California: Bay Area and Delta / Flooding / Sea level rise /

Executive Order N-10-19 - Governor's order to state agencies to assess the state's water needs and plan a water resilience portfolio in light of climate change.
Source: California. Governor's Office
Publication Date: Apr 29, 2019
Topics: Adaptation / California: Statewide / Water quality / Water supply, changes in supply, snowpack /

Planning for Rising Waters: Sea Level, Groundwater and the Bay Edge - "For years most coastal and Bay communities have focused their efforts on responding to sea level rise by planning and building sea walls, berms and other protective barriers against the water that will come ashore and threaten properties, shore ecosystems and infrastructure. However, until recently, many communities have missed an important consequence of sea level rise -- the concurrent rise of groundwater." (Prof. Kristina Hill, presented by Save Palo Alto's Groundwater and the City of Palo Alto) (90-min. video)
Source: University of California, Berkeley
Publication Date: Apr 24, 2019
Topics: California: Bay Area and Delta / Flooding / Groundwater / Sea level rise /

Managing Wastewater in a Changing Climate - "Many wastewater agencies are pursuing specific changes to their operations, infrastructure, or finances in response to the cascade of challenges they experienced during the latest drought. A PPIC survey of wastewater agencies done as part of this study found a high degree of concern in the sector about adapting to a changing climate. This report recommends policy and management changes to help build resilience in three broad areas: maintaining water quality in the face of changing water use . . ., making smart recycled water investments . . ., balancing conflicting objectives within watersheds."
Source: Public Policy Institute of California
Publication Date: Apr 16, 2019
Topics: California: Statewide / Water supply, changes in supply, snowpack / Water utilities guidance /


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