• Highlight
  • by BPC Staff
  • February 3, 2017

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Resources

Resources in BPC’s online library are developed by the Sustainable Waterfronts Committee to aid practitioners working on the Bay’s waterfront. Below are a list of available resources.

The online resource library is available to members only. If you would access to the library, please contact BPC Policy Associate, Betty KwanContent is updated regularly. If there is a resource you would like to share with BPC members, please e-mail Betty.


  • California Coastal Commission Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance
  • CA Adaptation Planning Guide: Planning for Adaptive Communities
  • State of California Sea Level Rise Guidance: 2018 Update


  • AEP Final White Paper: Beyond 2020 and Newhall
  • CA Coastal Commission’s Legal Authority to Address Climate Change
  • Office of Planing & Research CEQA and Climate Change Guidelines


  • Fact Sheet: Requirements for Mapping Levees
  • Appeals, Revisions, and Amendments to NFIP Maps: A Guide for Community Officials
  • Flood Hazard Zones: What flood hazard zones are shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map and what do they mean?
  • Levee Certification vs. Accreditation
  • NFIP: Answers to Questions About the NFIP (March 2010)
  • The National Flood Insurance Program and Levees


  • NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants (Application deadline March 7, 2017)
  • US EPA Region 9 FY2017 San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund Request for Proposals
  • Proposition 1 2017-2018 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program
  • USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program


  • IPCC Climate Change 2014: Summary for Policymakers
  • IPCC Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change
  • IPCC Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis
  • IPCC Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report


  • Changing Sea Levels During the Past 25,000 Years (USFWS)
  • Global Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States National Climate Assessment (NOAA 2012)
  • Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide For State Coastal Managers (NOAA 2010)
  • Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, Washington: Past, Present, and Future


  • Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coastal Real Estate (New York Times 2016)
  • Life’s a Beach (Freddie Mac 2016)


  • SFBCDC Resolution No. 11-08: Adoption of Bay Plan Amendment No. 1-08SFBCDC New Sea Level Rise Policies Fact Sheet
  • Bay Area Climate Adaption & Resilience: Nine County-Level Snapshots (Bay Area Climate & Energy Resilience Project 2014)
  • Guidance for Incorporating Sea Level Rise Into Capital Planning in San Francisco: Assessing Vulnerability and Risk to Support Adaptation (City and County of San Francisco 2014)
  • Tackling Sea-Level Rise: Best Practices in the San Francisco Bay Area (Urban Land Institute 2015)
  • San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines Project Fact Sheet