How Can OCOF Help You?

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Who is the audience for Our Coast Our Future?

One of the primary objectives of the OCOF project is to understand regional flood planning information needs and develop the models and tools we produce based on those needs. The project was initiated around the San Francisco Bay Area. Three scoping meetings with over 140 planners, managers, and scientists that use sea level rise and storm data and information in decision-making along the North-central California coast and within San Francisco Bay were held. In addition, a subset of these attendees volunteered to take part in an Outer Coast Focus Group to help beta test the North-central coast flood map and a San Francisco Bay Advisory Committee was consulted during the development of the Bay flood map.

For the expansion from Bodega Head north to Point Arena, a technical working group helped to beta test the expanded tool and we are in the process of conducting outreach to stakeholders and the public in the Sonoma County area.

What professions can benefit from OCOF data and tools?

Land Use Planners, Coastal Resource Managers, Restoration Managers, Hazard Mitigation Planners, Floodplain Managers, Emergency Managers, Stormwater Managers, Municipal Engineers, Municipal Leaders, Zoning and Permitting Officials, Public Works Officials, and Conservation Organizations.

What types of planning processes can benefit from OCOF?

  • Sea level rise vulnerability assessments and coastal adaptation planning
  • Municipal plans, such as General Plans, Climate Action Plans and Local Coastal Programs
  • Infrastructure (levees, roads, etc) vulnerability assessments and maintenance plans
  • Hazard mitigation plans
  • Species protection plans, such as Habitat Conservation Plans
  • Restoration plans
  • Natural resource management plans

How else can the OCOF visualizations and reports be applied to my work?

The online viewer is a very effective tool for public engagement. Printed or digital maps and scenario tables can be used to strengthen grant proposals, presentations, websites, and all of the plans listed above. They can benefit both internal planning and communication, as well as public communication around a given project.

Where does OCOF fit in the climate change adaptation planning process?

OCOF is a decision-support tool that can be used during a climate change adaptation planning process, and was designed specifically for use in the “Assessment” stage (see image above). A typical adaptation planning process begins with an initial information gathering stage, during which the organization leading the process identifies the public infrastructure, private property, people, habitats, and other community assets that are at risk of sea level rise impacts. During the “Planning” phase, different adaptation strategies are assessed to see which are the most effective, and these strategies are then incorporated into plans like General Plans, Local Coastal Plans, Habitat Management Plans, etc. Finally, a plan is formally adopted and the adaptation strategies described in the plan can be implemented, evaluated, and modified to meet evolving needs. An adaptation planning process can take from several months to several years, depending on the size and complexity of the situation that the plan is addressing. OCOF can help this process by providing the science needed to understand and evaluate how sea level rise could impact your community.