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Sea Change SMC - August Updates & Announcements

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Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:45:28 +0000

Sea Change SMC - August Updates & Announcements
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August Updates & Announcements
Project Updates
There is a lot of exciting news for Sea Change SMC! Read below for updates on the Vulnerability Assessment and an introduction to our new project, Look Ahead - San Mateo.

Draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

Stay tuned for the release of our draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment in the next few weeks. The draft will be housed on our Sea Change SMC website and will available for public comment prior to the release of the final draft.

Following the release of the final assessment, County staff will be planning public workshops, and other events to share the information we learned from the study, as well as next steps for addressing sea level rise and climate change.

July Stakeholder Meeting

On July 20th, Sea Change SMC hosted a stakeholder meeting with our Technical Working Group, Policy Advisory Committee, and Community Task Force. At the meeting, we gave an update on our current efforts, presented our draft Asset Vulnerability Profiles, and gathered feedback on next steps and on how to best integrate the Vulnerability Assessment results into existing efforts.

Materials from the meeting are available at www.seachangesmc.com/events/julystakeholdermeeting/ (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=aa6e96afd2&e=6fa0fac571) .

We would like to introduce our new project, Look Ahead - San Mateo, as a part of Sea Change SMC which launched on August 4th! Thank you to those who came to the launch event and helped make it a success! This project includes a five-month installation of two 3D virtual reality viewfinders, known as "Owls", at Coyote Point Recreation Area in the City of San Mateo from August until December 2016.

The Owl offers visitors a 3D panoramic tour of current and future flooding scenarios, current plans for the Park and potential responses for the region into the future. The Owl “talks” people through the experience and encourages them to share concerns and ideas through questions in the viewer and by leaving an audio recording at the end of the viewing session.

Look Ahead – San Mateo is being developed through a partnership between the County of San Mateo, Climate Access and Owlized to engage stakeholders on the increasingly relevant topic of sea level rise and its associated impacts. Funding for this project was awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Over the next five months, we will be arranging a series of hosted sessions in partnership with local organizations and community leaders. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about hosting opportunities, please contact Melanie Nutter, Principal at Nutter Consulting at melanie_at_(domainremoved)

For more information on the Look Ahead - San Mateo campaign and for the events calendar, please visit www.lookahead-smc.org (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=fcdc8d04ef&e=6fa0fac571) . Follow us on twitter _at_(domainremoved)

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Look Ahead - San Mateo Launch opening remarks from San Mateo County, Climate Access, CuriOdyssey, and FEMA.

New Resouces

San Francisquito Creek Baylands

SFEI recently completed a
landscape change analysis of lower San Francisquito Creek in the South Bay (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=12c8627889&e=6fa0fac571) . The study was conducted as part of the larger Flood Control 2.0 (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=acff4f5c72&e=6fa0fac571) project to increase regional flood protection will improving ecological diversity. This particular project illustrated the change in creek and bayland habitat conditions over the past 150 years. The historical landscape was reconstructed using a variety of maps, photographs, and documents compiled from many local archival sources. The results from the study can be used to help develop long-term, multi-benefit restoration actions for lower San Francisquito Creek and the adjacent lands.

For more information, visit
San Francisquito Creek Baylands Landscape Change Analysis (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=9a55856b5a&e=6fa0fac571) .

Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation.

NOAA's Office of Coastal Management has recently released a step-by-step approach for incorporating climate change information into new or existing conservation plans. The guide’s six steps draw from existing strategic conservation planning frameworks but focus on climate considerations and key resources specifically relevant to the coastal environment, including coastal watersheds.

The guide is available here (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=8540691bb8&e=6fa0fac571) .

For more information visit, Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=74e81d79b2&e=6fa0fac571) .

Events
Registration is now open for the 2nd California Adaptation Forum (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=144b559e56&e=6fa0fac571) - the premier convening of 1,000+ leaders, practitioners, and advocates to gather, discuss, debate, and consider how we can most effectively respond to the impacts of climate change.

The 2016 California Adaptation Forum will feature:
* A series of plenaries with high-level government, business and community leaders
* A variety of breakout sessions on essential adaptation topics that reflect the diverse needs and challenges facing California
* Regional project tours highlighting adaptation efforts in Southern California
* Pre-forum workshops on tools and strategies for implementing adaptation solutions
* Numerous networking opportunities where participants can share insights, best practices and lessons learned about how to most effectively respond

Recent News Stories
Sea Level Rise News Stories
* Shoring up the city’s edge (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=33fb9d41f5&e=6fa0fac571) , San Francisco Chronicle
* “Living Shorelines” Will Get Fast Track to Combat Sea Level Rise (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=e41f6aa73f&e=6fa0fac571) , Scientific American
* As Sea Levels Rise, How Best to Protect Coasts? (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=4065d901bb&e=6fa0fac571) , Yale Climate Connections
* Palo Alto considers bracing now for sea level rise (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=90678974a4&e=6fa0fac571) , The Mercury News
* Report: ‘Especially damaging’ erosion at Pillar Point (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=da0949ba61&e=6fa0fac571) , Half Moon Bay Review
* 'Game of Floods': Marin Sea-Level Rise Game Wins Award (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=c27431c6eb&e=6fa0fac571) , Mill Valley Patch
* Erosion prompts trail closures at Memorial Park (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=91d735454a&e=6fa0fac571) , Half Moon Bay Review
* Midcoast, county discuss Mirada Road (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=c29cf896ea&e=6fa0fac571) , Half Moon Bay Review
* Poll finds Californians back climate change efforts despite cost (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=781826092a&e=6fa0fac571) , The Sacramento Bee

Look Ahead - San Mateo Project Launch News Stories
* Bay Area start-up working to raise awareness about rising sea levels (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=13523f8fed&e=6fa0fac571) , KTVU
* New San Mateo installation helps public visualize rising sea level (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=8e9175080a&e=6fa0fac571) , The Mercury News
* Seeing is believing: Virtual reality installation highlights sea level rise in San Mateo County (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=9e4e6a2b17&e=6fa0fac571) , The Daily Journal

For more information about the County’s sea level rise preparedness efforts, visit seachangesmc.com (http://seachangesmc.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=40c74669d3d70d2d21ece795a&id=dede86e9d6&e=6fa0fac571) or contact Hilary Papendick at hpapendick_at_(domainremoved)

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