Using Best Available Science to Inform Decision-Making
The Ocean Protection Council, in collaboration with a twenty-agency working group and the Science Advisory Team of the Ocean Protection Council, has developed the State of California Sea-level Rise Guidance Document to provide science-based recommendations on assessing sea-level rise, emphasizing the importance of addressing storm impacts. The current version of the State of California Sea-level Rise Guidance Document is based on findings of a project funded by multiple state and federal agencies, led by the National Research Council, Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Many state agencies have adopted sea-level rise guidance documents for how they are integrating sea-level rise risk reduction into decision-making processes. For example:
- The California Coastal Commission adopted the Sea-level Rise Policy Guidance Document.
- The California Coastal Conservancy integrates climate adaptation into all decision-making.
- The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission has Bay Plan policies that address sea-level rise.
- Caltrans has developed Guidance on Incorporating Sea Level Rise for use in the planning and development of Project Initiation Documents.
- 4th California Climate Assessment includes many projects related to storms and sea-level rise.