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Effects of Elevated Sea Levels and Waves on Southern California Estuaries During the 2015-2016 El Nino
Description: "The 2015-2016 El Nino provided insight into how low-inflow estuaries might respond to future climate regimes, including high sea levels and more intense waves. High waves and water levels coupled with low rainfall along the Southern California coastline
Publication Date: Jan 16, 2020
Topics: California: Statewide / Sea level rise /

California's Future: Climate Change
Description: Four-page summary of climate change issues in the state. (Updated Jan. 2020)
Source: Public Policy Institute of California
Publication Date: Jan 2, 2020
Topics: California: Statewide / Greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, mitigation / Sea level rise / Temperature / Water supply, changes in supply, snowpack /

Preparing for Rising Seas: How the State Can Help Support Local Coastal Adaptation Efforts
Description: Summary: "Important for coastal communities to begin preparing for sea-level rise (SLR). California faces the threat of extensive and expensive SLR impacts. Most responsibility for SLA preparation lies with local governments. However, the state has a ve
Source: California. Legislative Analyst's Office
Publication Date: Dec 10, 2019
Topics: Adaptation / California: Statewide / Sea level rise /

Sea-level-rise-induced threats depend on the size of tide-influenced estuaries worldwide
Description: "The effects of sea-level rise on the future morphological functioning of estuaries are largely unknown because tidal amplitudes will change due to combined deepening of the estuary mouth and shifting amphidromic points at sea. Fluvial sediment supply is
Publication Date: Nov 4, 2019
Topics: Ecosystems, Habitat, Threatened Species / Sea level rise /

New elevation data triple estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding
Description: "Most estimates of global mean sea-level rise this century fall below 2 m. This quantity is comparable to the positive vertical bias of the principle digital elevation model (DEM) used to assess global and national population exposures to extreme coastal
Publication Date: Oct 29, 2019
Topics: Flooding / Sea level rise /

Wetland Policy Climate Change Update Project: Wetland Fill Policy Challenges and Future Regulatory Options: Findings and Recommendations
Description: "Regional Water Board staff are proposing an amendment to Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay Basin (Basin Plan Amendment or BPA) to address a suite of regulatory opportunities and challenges that have been identified by staff and stakeho
Source: California. Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region
Publication Date: Oct 16, 2019
Topics: California: Bay Area and Delta / Ecosystems, Habitat, Threatened Species / Sea level rise /

Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate
Description: The IPCC finds major changes in high mountains affecting downstream communities, melting ice (glaciers and ice sheets), rising seas, more frequent extreme sea level events, changing ocean ecosystems, declining Arctic sea ice, thawing permafrost.
Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Publication Date: Sep 25, 2019
Topics: Glaciers / Sea and Polar ice / Sea level rise / Ecosystems, Habitat, Threatened Species /

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Framework: A user guide to planning with nature as demonstrated in Marin County
Description: "As sea levels continue to rise, coastal communities will need to adapt their shorelines in order to manage risk and create greater social and ecological resilience to a changing landscape. Adapting to sea level rise will be challenging; coastal planners
Source: San Francisco Estuary Institute
Publication Date: Sep 6, 2019
Topics: Adaptation / California: Bay Area and Delta / Flooding / Land Use, environmental management systems, and regulation / Sea level rise /

Climate Change and California's Water
Description: "Five climate pressures -- warming temperatures, shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, more volatile precipitation, and rising seas -- affect all aspects of water management. All of these pressures are already underway." (Fact sheet, S
Source: Public Policy Institute of California
Publication Date: Sep 4, 2019
Topics: California: Statewide / Precipitation, Extreme Weather / Sea level rise / Temperature / Water supply, changes in supply, snowpack /

Climate Adaptation Toolkit for Marine and Coastal Protected Areas
Description: "What is in the Toolkit? A step-by-step guide to undertaking a Rapid Vulnerability Assessment for marine and coastal areas; Structured and searchable adaptation strategy ideas with supporting case studies, reports and tools; Foundational resources; Select
Publication Date: Aug 1, 2019
Topics: Flooding / Sea level rise / Adaptation /


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