Our Coast Our Future (OCOF) - California Coastal Land Use Planning
This 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?
- 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.
- Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium.
- National Park Service.
- Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network.