History and Partnerships
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.
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.
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 (Phase 2 of example at left from California APG 2.0). 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 Programs, 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.
How to Cite
For screenshots or data downloaded from the Our Coast, Our Future web platform, we suggest the following citations: