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Regional Planning Fingerprint - Coastal California


Hirschfeld, Daniella; Hill, Kristina; Riordan, Bruce (2019), Regional Planning Fingerprint - Coastal California, UC Berkeley Dash, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.6078/D1W98G


Human actions are accelerating the pace of climate change placing significant stress on ecosystems (Stein et al., 2013). Institutions charged with protecting those systems and human livelihoods are also under increasing pressure to address future threats (Folke et al., 2004; Ostrom, 2009). City and county governments across the United States are developing plans to address these threats (Bierbaum et al., 2013; Woodruff & Stults, 2016). However there is currently no strategic approach to evaluate this work (Gupta et al., 2010). This data is the application of a flexible multi-criterion framework called the "Regional Planning Fingerprint." This assessment tool is used for evaluating the current status and potential future success of a region’s ability to proactively address long-term threats such as sea level rise.


From April 2017 to May 2018 I used several methods to gather information and create regional summary reports called “Regional Sea Level Rise Snapshots” for the Climate Readiness Institute (CRI). First, I, in consultation with Dr. Kristina Hill, Bruce Riordon, and other stakeholders, developed a standardized set of questions to gather key information. These questions are provided in the Methods Appendix and online as described below. Then, using web searches, I generated initial answers to these questions. In October and November of 2017, as part of the CRI team, I held in-person group meetings with key sea level rise stakeholders in each region to further complete the set of questions. The stakeholders worked for city or county governments, relevant state or federal agencies, and for connected non-profits. A full list of involved stakeholders is available in the Methods Appendix. I used some in-person follow-ups with individuals to finalize answers for each region. The final reports, called “Regional Sea Level Rise Snapshots,” were reviewed and approved by Dr. Kristina Hill and Bruce Riordon.

I used specific locally adopted plans and vulnerability assessments to supplement the survey information, when the responses lacked sufficient detail for evaluation. This allowed me to verify information provided by local stakeholders and translate their responses into final scores. The locally adopted plans and vulnerability assessments I assessed include all Local Coastal Programs Updated for Sea Level Rise according to the California Coastal Commission, General Plans with Safety Elements Updated for Sea Level Rise, all local Hazard Mitigation Plans Updated to Include Sea Level Rise according to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and Comprehensive City or County Vulnerability Assessments. Input from all of these plans and assessments was vital to inform the adopted actions category (1) and the planning processes category (4)


Ocean Protection Council (OPC), Award: AB 2516 Planning for Sea Level Rise Database Project


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