About These Layers
The Resilience Atlas visualizes the past, present and future conditions of San Francisco Bay and its local watersheds by combining layers of information, such as flood infrastructure, shoreline change over time, and sea level rise. The Resilience Atlas is an interactive platform created by the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI), with funding from the Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) program, managed by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP). Ancillary funding was also contributed by the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD).
This project aims to aid regional planning efforts by providing access to an online repository of key datasets related to ecosystem resilience around the Bay shore to restoration managers, governmental organizations, nonprofits and citizens.
Our interactive interface allows users to explore the relationships between shoreline characteristics, habitats, infrastructure, adaptation strategies and vulnerable communities, overlaid with sea level rise scenarios. The Resilience Atlas will host map-based stories that highlight examples of completed adaptation projects and what can be done in areas vulnerable to sea level rise, subsidence, flooding and other challenges.
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This composite picture is based upon hundreds of independent sources of data. These include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century maps, sketches, paintings, photographs, engineering reports, oral histories, explorers' journals, missionary texts, hunting magazines, interviews with living elders, and other sources. Click here for more information.
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The coverages of the Modern Landscape View of the EcoAtlas Baylands share common aerial photography origin. They are based on the best available existing regional digital information on baylands habitats. However, substantial local inaccuracies in this existing digital data have been revealed through intensive local reviews held by SFEI in December 1996 through the present. The following documentation summarizes the origin of version 1.0 of the EcoAtlas Modern Landscape View. Substantial revision of the Modern Landscape View to incorporate hundreds of changes recommended by local experts through truthing sessions, changes in the landscape since 1985, and to implement the more detailed and regionally-representative Habitat Typology of the Goals Project is currently taking place. As a result of these changes a substantially more detailed and accurate Modern Landscape View will be available. Click here for more information.
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This dataset represents a reconstruction of the historical landscape and prevailing conditions of different study areas in the Bay Area and Delta prior to Euro-American modification. It integrates many sources of data describing the historical features of different regions. This layer is the product of numerous historical ecology projects including Napa Valley, Alameda Creek, South San Francisco Baylands Tsheets, EcoAtlas Historical Baylands, South Santa Clara Valley, Western Santa Clara Valley, Coyote Creek Watershed, East Contra Costa County, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Extensive supporting information, including bibliographic references and research methods, can be found for each individual project.
This layer shows tidal marsh patches by size in 2009, originally created for The Baylands and Climate Change: What We Can Do report, an update to the 1999 Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals report. Tidal marshes in the Bay have become more fragmented, with much more edge relative to interior or core areas and some isolated habitat patches. Fragmentation has reduced the baylands’ ability to support wildlife by decreasing the connectivity between populations and increasing edge effects that promote predation and anthropogenic issues. These changes are likely to reduce some support functions for resident marsh wildlife above and beyond the loss in habitat extent. In this data layer, “Edge habitat” is defined as within 50 meters (164 feet) of the marsh edge, and the rest of the marsh interior is defined as “core habitat”. Habitat patches are considered separate if they are greater than 60 meters (197 feet) apart. For more details about this methodology, see pages 20-24 and Appendix C in the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Science Update (2015).
Understanding lateral shoreline change is a critical indicator of shoreline resilience, also providing data input for sea level rise models, and helping to prioritize appropriate restoration adaptation strategies. Given the large continuing investment in San Francisco Bay wetlands restoration, this information is critical to informing regional planning, preservation and prioritization of habitat restoration in light of sea level rise and changing sediment availability. Without this basic understanding of shoreline dynamics, the region is likely to extend valuable resources in unsustainable places.
Using a systematic, empirical, and repeatable approach, we mapped the location of the shorelines in San Pablo Bay at three points in time: 1855, 1993, and 2010. We then measured rates of change over the long (1855-1993) and short-term (1993-2010) to identify zones of erosion, progradation, and areas that have remained stable.
The purpose of this report is to increase our understanding of the rate, distribution, and mechanisms of marsh edge shoreline erosion and describe current understanding of changes of the mudflat-marsh transition, describe several types of shoreline edges, and provide recommendations for next steps in tracking shoreline change. The results of this pilot study provide a new level of understanding about the dynamics of our shorelines and the ways they are likely to respond to local actions. Read more about the project here
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The transition zones between our watersheds and the Bay are often occupied by flood control channels that provide a variety of societal and driven in large part by a combination of high watershed sediment yield and excess tidal sediment accumulation due to decreased tidal scour.
As part of the Flood Control 2.0 project, SFEI gathered and collated key sediment data for the past 50+ years from the major flood control channels around the Bay. The effort focused on data related to the supply of watershed sediment entering these channels and environmental services but can require sediment removal to maintain flood conveyance capacity. The causes of sedimentation problems in these channels are often complex, the details of individual sediment removal events for each channel (e.g., location, volume, sediment grain size, and cost). This information is intended to help clarify the amount of sediment trapped in flood control channels that could be used to restore baylands and support long-term bayland resilience as sea level continues to rise.
An interactive map displaying the summary flood control channel sediment data can be found here. A report synthesizing these data with other Flood Control 2.0 regional analyses will be released in December 2016. Click here to read more.
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San Francisco Bay’s connections to local creeks are integral to its health. These fluvial-tidal (F-T) interfaces are the points of delivery for freshwater, sediment, contaminants, and nutrients. The ways in which the F-T interface has changed affect flooding dynamics, ecosystem functioning, and resilience to a changing climate. As the historical baylands have been altered, the majority of contemporary F-T interface types have changed leading to additional F-T interface types within the present-day landscape. Illustrations of each F-T interface type and methods for classification are available here.
This project is part of Flood Control 2.0. For further information please visit this project page.
This layer is part of the Bay Area Aquatic Resources Inventory (BAARI) project which provides a detailed base map of the Bay Area's aquatic features that have been mapped using a standard mapping protocol developed by SFEI's GIS team.
BAARI v2 includes all wetlands, open water, streams, ditches, tidal marshes and flats, and riparian areas. BAARI can be used to track changes in the amount, extent and condition of aquatic resources, serve as the base map for environmental monitoring study designs, and support resource planning and management efforts. BAARI is viewable on EcoAtlas, where users can browse the area's aquatic features and restoration projects on an interactive map. Details about the methodology can be found here.
BAARI data can be downloaded here.
To provide a comprehensive and consistent picture of today’s Bay shore, SFEI mapped and inventoried Bay shore features that could affect flooding and flood routing for all nine Bay Area counties. While many different detailed levee layers exist, the region currently lacks a standardized regional dataset of elevated Bay shore features, accredited or not.
Mapping extends up to 10 feet above Mean Higher High Water and includes many shore features: engineered levees, berms, embankments, transportation structures, wetlands, natural shoreline, channel openings, and water control structures. Features were attributed with elevation, FEMA accreditation, how a structure was armored, whether a structure was fronted by a wetland or beach, ownership, and the entity responsible for maintenance, if known. The methodology was originally piloted in BCDC’s Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) project in Alameda and San Francisco counties. SFEI refined and extended the methodology to the whole Bay to complete a coherent and comprehensive dataset. The dataset is available in ESRI ArcGIS and Google Earth formats. For more information on the shoreline inventory dataset, please contact Jeremy Lowe.
Click here for a full description of the methodology used to create this dataset.
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This layer is a slightly modified version of the Pacific Institute’s dataset of wastewater treatment plants near the California coast. Modifications were made to remove outfall locations and only keep physical locations of wastewater treatment plants. In addition, some wastewater treatment plants near the San Francisco Bay were manually added to this dataset. The original dataset can be accessed here.
The sea-level rise projections used in this viewer were created by Our Coast Our Future using the CoSMoS model. More information on how these layers were created can be found on the OCOF website. These layers are courtesy of Our Coast Our Future.
This project focused on addressing the lack of detailed assessments of stormwater infrastructure and flood hazards in disadvantaged communities (DACs), where adequate stormwater conveyance was not constructed when the community was built, or not fully improved in subsequent years. These activities were conducted in support of the Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) Coordinating Committee objectives to advance local and regional water resource management goals through synergistic collaboration of agencies, communities, and other project partners. IRWMP objectives included assessment of DAC water quality and flood protection needs, such that resultant information would be of benefit within the San Francisco Bay Area region.
This project was prepared for The Watershed Project by Balance Hydrologics and managed by SFEP under the same IRWMP grant that supported the creation of the Resilience Atlas.
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This layer is a slightly modified version of the Disadvantaged Community Census Block Group layer created by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) using the definition created by Proposition 84 IRWM Guidelines (2015). “Severely Disadvantaged Communities” (SDAC) are defined as census block groups with an annual median household income (MHI) less than 60 percent of the Statewide annual MHI, and “Disadvantaged Communities” (DAC) are defined as census block groups with an annual MHI less than 80 percent of the Statewide annual MHI. Annual MHIs are based on the US Census American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data for 2010-2014 (with an MHI of $61,489 and hence calculated DAC and SDAC thresholds of $49,191 and $36,893, respectively). Modifications to this layer include omitting areas that fall within the Bay water body, omitting block groups with a population of zero, and limiting the extent to the nine Bay Area counties.
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The Habitat Projects data layer contains habitat restoration, mitigation, and conservation projects tracked on EcoAtlas. The wetland mitigation projects are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, North Coast, Central Coast, South Coast, and Lake Tahoe Basin. In the San Francisco Bay Area, project information is collected for all projects that have received a 401 Certification and/or Waste Discharge Order from the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Basic information is provided through the 401 Certification application or through subsequent inquiries with project sponsors. Habitat projects are tracked and updated by the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, Central Valley Joint Venture, and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy.
Projects can be viewed in the landscape context along with other data layers on an interactive map. Individual project information pages summarize the status, events, contacts, funding, and habitat plan for each project. Some projects consist of multiple sites, each of which can have a different status. In addition, supporting materials including monitoring reports, permits, photos, videos, and links to other websites can be uploaded and stored in a project’s file repository.
Project Tracker is an online data entry tool for submitting new projects to EcoAtlas. Once approved by regional managers, project boundaries are displayed on the map and can be viewed within the larger landscape context. Project information is summarized on individual project pages and in the Landscape Profile Tool. Project data can be downloaded here.
As we rethink land management in the face of climate change, we know well-functioning resilient landscapes can protect development and sustain native ecosystems. SFEI has created a series of Resilient Landscape Vision reports that explores ways to restore and support natural processes, and, in turn, provide multiple benefits such as flood risk management, water quality improvements, sediment reuse, recreational opportunities and more. The process for developing a vision typically has three components. First, we build a baseline understanding of the historical and contemporary geomorphic and ecological conditions, and assess the likely impacts of future drivers (e.g., sea level rise, increased flood intensity). Second, we convene a workshop to bring together engineers, planners, state and local natural resource agency staff, and an advisory panel of regional science experts. Finally, following the workshop, we analyze the potential improvements to habitat, flood conveyance and other important considerations to the study area associated with the developed Vision. Ultimately, these Visions can be used to guide planning efforts to promote long-term landscape resilience and ecosystem functioning under a changing climate.
This layer demarcates 30 individual operational landscape units (OLUs) for the San Francisco Bay. This data set is part of the Operational Landscape Unit project, which aims to define practical, science-based landscape units surrounding the shoreline to facilitate a geographically-specific set of integrated adaptation strategies at the appropriate scale to address issues of both the natural and built environment. A companion document is available upon request which provides basic information about what OLUs are and why they are needed, as well as an overview of the methods used to demarcate this version (v0.1) of the OLUs. Relevant basic information about each OLU is also included in the companion document. The data set and accompanying materials are still in draft form. The boundaries of the OLUs, their names, and the ways in which they are characterized are all subject to change pending review from project advisory committees. This project is in early stages, and will run through 2018. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Baylands and Climate Change: What We Can Do (2015) is the update to the 1999 Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals, which for the first time set comprehensive restoration goals for the San Francisco Bay estuary. Produced by a collaborative of 21 management agencies working with a multi-disciplinary team of over 100 scientists, the new report synthesizes the latest science— particularly advances in the understanding of climate change and sediment supply— and incorporates projected changes through 2100 to generate new recommendations for achieving and sustaining healthy baylands ecosystems. This layer was created based on the recommended actions for each bayland segment detailed in the 2015 BEHGU report. For more details, access the report here.
Boundaries for the individual watersheds that drain to the Bay. Disclaimer: Due to limitations data limitations, the watershed boundaries here may contain delineation errors. As such, this layer only serves to convey a general sense of the major watersheds draining to the Bay.