History and Partnerships

OCOF Geography-CoSMoS versions (July 2021)

Our Coast, Our Future is a partnership between Point Blue Conservation Science and the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, and continues to be collaboratively developed with many local, state, and federal partners as it expands its geography. It will eventually provide sea level rise and storm scenarios for the entire coast of California.

It was originally launched in 2011 and focused on the San Francisco Bay and outer coast area (Half Moon Bay to Bodega Head). The USGS led the modeling, Point Blue Conservation Science developed the online platform and supported end-user engagement, and staff from the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, Corovai, the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management led a technical assistance and outreach effort to co-develop the tool with end-users.

An expansion north to Point Arena was completed in 2015, in partnership with NOAA Fisheries, the Sonoma County Water Agency, and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. The work here supported NOAA’s Russian River Habitat Blueprint, as well as coastal adaptation planning and estuary management in the region.

The Southern California bight was completed in 2018 as part of the State of California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, in partnership with USC Sea Grant, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, and the San Diego Climate Alliance.

The Central Coast region was completed in 2020, with funding from the Ocean Protection Council.

In 2021, statewide groundwater hazard data (Befus et al. 2020) were included to help planners understand and plan for how rising seas will affect the coastal groundwater table in their area. We also made significant upgrades to the OCOF platform and re-launched the current site in August 2021.

Modeling for the North Coast region is now underway, with products anticipated in 2022.

OCOF continues to build on a rich history of partnerships.

Getting Started

If you are brand new to OCOF, we suggest you look over these resources to get a quick introduction to the project and how OCOF can benefit your work.

Example adaptation planning process (Source: California APG 2.0)

How to Cite

For screenshots or data downloaded from the Our Coast, Our Future web platform, we suggest the following citations:

Get Help and Provide Feedback

You can contact us at ocof@pointblue.org with any questions or for technical assistance.

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