Our Coast Our Future (OCOF) - California Coastal Land Use Planning


Our Coast Our Future CaliforniaThis set of tools has been created with changing sea levels in mind. Increased sea levels, shoreline erosion, and flooding in many regions due to climate change create challenges for protecting communities and ecosystems. These tools explain the vulnerabilities and provide a basis for planning action with a collaborative, user-driven approach to coastal decision makers. The tools are compiled with the user in mind with the objectives being understandable models and projections, continuously improvement as science advances, allowing the flood tools to scale to a relevant planning area, accessible and user friendly formats, and providing outreach and training. The products are available through the Our Coast Our Future website, and the tools are expected to include more communities and ecosystems as the project continues to grow. Organizations who use the tools are encouraged to share how they're using the tools as well as lessons learned and interesting experiences. The current list of users are located throughouth Los Angelges, San Diego, Sonoma, Half Moon Bay, San Francisco Bay, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and Marin County.

What Is It?

  • Seamless Digital Elevation Model (DEM) at 2 meter horizonatl resolution.
  • USGS Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) was used to create 40 different combined sea level rise and storm scenarios, and a King Tide scenario for San Francisco Bay.
  • Interactive flood map including flood extent, depth, duration, wave heights, current velocity, minimum and maximum flood potential, and the option to compare scenarios.
  • Data access tailored to users information needs.
  • Information on how and where products have been used with links to lessons learned.
  • FAQs and video tutorials including project information, geagraphic coverage, data decisions, model development, and instructions for using the flood map.
  • New features and products as they become available throughout Southern California.

How Do I Get It?

Our Coast Our Future is a compilation of tools that can be accessed online. Partners for this effort include:

  • The USGS Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center.
  • Point Blue Conservation Science.
  • The NOAA Habitat Blueprint.
  • Sonoma County Water Agency.
  • California Ocean Protection Council.
  • Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute.
  • California State Coastal Conservacy.
  • The Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
  • NOAA's Office for Coastal Management.
  • National Estuarine Research Reserve System.
  • San Francisco Bay National Esuarine Research Reserve.
  • Coravai.
  • Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium.
  • National Park Service.
  • Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network.

Related Methods

Case study research is used to conduct an in-depth investigation of an issue at a specific instance and location.
Predictive modeling is a technique that creates a model that can be used to project the future of hypothetical conditions. Models can be used to compare predicted impacts vs. actual impacts of a behavior or to perform an experiment that would not be feasible in the real world.
Use of data that was collected by individuals other than the investigator. This includes newspapers, census data, maps, etc. Secondary data analysis is often a starting point for other social science research methods.

Related Partners

NOAA is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. It plays several distinct roles within the Department of Commerce.
Most people know that the National Park Service cares for national parks, a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites across the nation. The treasures in this system -- the first of its kind in the world -- have been set aside by the American people to preserve, protect, and share, the legacies of this land.
The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.