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Climate Adaption & Resilience, San Francisco, CA, USA

To increase the resilience of San Francisco Bay Area coastlines and communities to sea-level rise, we include natural infrastructure (native landscape, river systems, etc.) in climate adaptation planning.

Working with the Bay Area Regional Council (BARC), Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and San Mateo County, we implemented in-depth scoping with decision-makers to balance research and stakeholder needs, building on other efforts to improve coastal community resilience in the Bay Area.

We have found that additional research on the co-benefits of nature-based solutions and specific urban ecosystem services, including but not limited to coastal protection, nature-based recreation, and stormwater management, have the potential to guide ongoing design and policy decisions.

Partners: Bay Area Regional Council (BARC), Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), San Mateo County, the San Francisco Estuary Institute, UC Berkeley, The Nature Conservancy.