Sea Change March 2, 2016

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March Updates & Announcements

Project Updates

We have selected a final list of 30 assets which will receive an Asset Vulnerability Profile. The comprehensive list can be found here.

Asset Vulnerability Profiles (AVP’s) will describe an asset’s function or service, along with the sensitivity of the asset and its function to flood depth and duration. The AVP will also characterize the adaptive capacity of that asset, and will discuss the potential consequences (economic, social/equity, environmental, or otherwise) that could result from its loss. Some of the criteria used to chose these assets were location, participation from asset manager, type of asset, and impact from sea level rise.

The first step of the profile began with an initial questionnaire for the manager of the chosen asset. As we move into the 2nd step, we will begin conducting on-site interviews with asset managers. Interviews will help provide more information on the responses we have collected through the questionnaire. Once a draft AVP is conducted on the asset, there will be a review and comment period to finish the process.

Upcoming Events

BCDC Rising Sea Level Workshop
1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Thursday, March 3, 2016

Commissioners, Alternates, and the public will participate in a workshop to review and discuss regional planning processes and initiatives in the Bay Area, and BCDC’s participation in them, with regard to the Commission’s work on rising sea level issues.

Rising Sea Level Workshop on Climate Change Amendments From January 21, 2016

Please RSVP for this workshop.
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Coastside Emergency Action Program Meeting
9:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m. | Friday, March 4, 2016

The Coastside Emergency Action Program is a disaster preparedness committee bringing all key Half Moon Bay area coastside organizations to the table in order to sufficiently prepare for a disaster. In the event of a disaster, the coastside community would have to be self sufficient for the first 48 hours, at least.

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Marine Terraces of California: Landscapes from the Waves
7:00 p.m | Thursday, March 24, 2016

Free Public Lecture
USGS Menlo Park Campus

  • Did you know soils on California’s marine terraces can be over a million years old?
  • Have you wondered why California’s rugged shorelines are terraced?
  • Soils on marine terraces aid our understanding of soil formation, water movement, and carbon transformations under changing climate.

USGS Evening Public Lecture Series:

The Intersection of Land Use & Sea Level Rise – League of Women Voters
7:00 p.m | Wednesday, April 6, 2016

At Facebook
1 Hacker Way, Building 10, Menlo Park

Len Materman, Executive Director of the San Francisco Creek Joint Powers Association
Justin Murphy, Public Works Director for the City of Menlo Park

The third community forum on SAFER Bay. This project is led by the San Francisquito Creek JPA and its objectives include identification of feasible options to provide tidal flood protection, given sea level rise, along Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto’s bay front.

Len Materman will present the current status of this project. SFCJPA is scheduled to release its feasibility report in March 2016 and make presentations to participating cities in April. Justin Murphy will provide information about this city’s proposed land use changes and its thinking on how to incorporate sea level rise into its planning.

Register today here. Space is limited. Registration closes April 4.


For more information about the County’s sea level rise preparedness efforts, or contact Hilary Papendick at or

Warm regards,

San Mateo County Sea Level Rise Team

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