Links to Climate Change Data and Information
Bay Nature Magazine - Dispatches from the Home Front: This series of articles from Bay Nature is highlighting the innovative initiatives underway in the Bay Area to address the impacts of climate change in our region.
Potential Inundation due to Rising Sea Levels in the San Francisco Bay Region: Presents maps of vulnerability in the Bay Area for various amounts of sea level rise.
PRBO Conservation Science Sea-Level Rise Tool: This on-line decision support tool for managers, planners, conservation practitioners, and scientists shows side-by-side maps of current and future tidal marsh distribution for SF Bay based on different amounts of future sea level rise and sediment supply.
The Conservation Lands Network: Identifies a network of conservation lands for biological diversity preservation across all nine Bay Area counties. Data and information available in a map, a web-based interactive mapping tool, and a GIS Database.
San Francisco Bay Area Climate Portal: Targeted to Bay Area local governments, this portal provides a searchable database of best practices, climate action examples (including those for greenhouse gas emissions reductions), and links to case stories about actions by Bay Area local governments to address the impacts of climate change.
The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Science Network: An online science network for collaboration that provides a forum for registered participants to easily upload and share documents, calendar items, links, discussions and thoughts.
Climate Change Planning, Bay Conservation and Development Commission: Information from BCDC regarding adapation planning in the Bay Area.
California Climate Commons is a comprehensive catalog of the most relevant data, publications, and web resources for California climate related research or analysis; oriented towards supporting working professionals in science, GIS analysis, and land management. The Commons hosts key datasets for interactive selection and download, and provides background material to help in correctly interpreting and utilizing climate resources, as well as discussion forums aimed at fostering a California climate change "community of practice". A good starting place to find data or publications directly, or to locate other repositories and tools including all the other sites on this list.
Climate Change: Just the Facts provides a concise and well-documented summary of the basics of climate science, the consensus that exists regarding the causes of climate change among scientists globally, and refutations of the invalid arguments commonly made by deniers.
California Climate Change Portal: A clearinghouse for climate news and information for citizens, businesses, and local governments in California.
California Environmental Resources Evaluation System is a central web portal providing access to multiple data sources, including:
California Environmental Information Clearinghouse, Cal-Atlas, California GeoFinder (a map-based tool for retrieving geographic and environmental data for California), California Land Use Planning Information Network (provides an aggregate view of California's land use and environmental planning information including county general plans and environmental assessment documents). California Watershed Portal (watershed-based technical information, educational tools, training materials, grant announcements, upcoming events), California Wetlands Information System (a compilation of information including maps, environmental documents, restoration and mitigation activities, regulatory permitting, and wetland policies), California Ocean and Coastal Environmental Access Network (ocean and coastal data and information from a wide variety of sources).
Biogeographic Information & Observation System: Department of Fish and Game site for the visualization of the spatial distribution of biological data generated by DFG and partner organizations. Access to most data requires password, but there is a Public Data Viewer that contains datasets available to the public.
CalAdapt: Presents in an accessible format potential scenarios based on downscaled IPCC models to describe how climate may evolve in California. Several “visualization tools” are available, with source data available for download.
The Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System: Provides oceanographic data and data products from 125 platforms (buoys, pier stations, weather stations, HF Radar stations and webcams) that are or were collecting data on six ocean variables from throughout the CeNCOOS region.
Department of Fish and Game Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Resource Center: Provides links to tools and guidelines for conducting climate change vulnerability assessments for fish and wildlife in addition to specific assessments for fish and wildlife that have been conducted around the world.
Department of Fish and Game Climate Change Case Studies: Case studies highlight activities related to managing for ecosystem function, working collaboratively with partners across large landscapes, managing for priority species populations, and integrating climate change into Department functions.
NOAA Climate Services: Information from NOAA including Climate Watch Magazine, various data and services, climate science summaries and educational materials.
National Weather Service Climate Services Division: has a variety of data and data products available.
US Environmental Protection Agency: An excellent summary of indicators of climate change in the United States, documenting with multiple lines of evidence that climate change is happening now.
US Global Change Program: Integrating federal research on global change and climate change
USGS Videos about Climate Change: Videos related to global climate change science being conducted by USGS
The USGS Gap Analysis Program: Provides interactive maps for viewing three primary data sets – land cover, species and protected areas. Land cover data provide information on the distribution of various vegetation types, developed and agricultural areas. A national geodatabase of protected areas represents public land ownership and conservation lands, and GAP is delineating species range and predicted distribution maps for more than 2,000 species.
BAECCC Five Year Strategic Plan: Starting from a statement of BAECCC's 30-year mission and long-term goals, this summary of BAECCC's strategic plan presents four desired outcomes that will be focus of BAECCC's work in the coming years.
BAECCC general meetings are held quarterly. Quarterly meetings include brief updates from BAECCC participants on programs, projects and policies relevant to the impacts of climate change on Bay Area ecosystems, and in-depth presentation and discussion of selected climate-related issues with scientists and other regional professionals.
1/31/2013: This meeting featured a group discussion about coordinating the multiple regional efforts seeking to test nature-based solutions for shorelines that are resilient in the face of sea level rise, and a discussion of the next steps for the Climate Commons.
9/27/2012: This meeting included presentations by Dr. Julie Ekstrom on the PIER program's July 2012 report Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation in the San Francisco Bay Area and Leslie Abramson of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary on the proposed expansion of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
6/28/2012: This meeting included a presentation by Kirk Klausmeyer from The Nature Conservancy on the study Landscape-scale Indicators of Biodiversity's Vulnerability to Climate Change and a group discussion about designing and conducting a climate-smart conservation workshop.
4/26/2012: This meeting included presentations by Robin Grossinger and Julie Beagle from SFEI (Shoreline resilience studies in San Francisco Bay) and Dr. Christina Sloop of the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV Monitoring and Evaluation Plan).
1/26/2012: This meeting included presentations by Jeremy Lowe of PWA/ESA (Hayward Shoreline Vulnerability Assessment) and Dr. Mark Stacey of UC Berkeley (Hydrodynamic Modeling in San Francisco Bay).
9/28/2011: This meeting included presentations by Dr. Benét Duncan from the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (Developing a Set of Linked Environmental and Biological Climate Change Indicators for the North-Central California Coast) and Ms. Wendy Goodfriend of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (Innovative Wetland Adaptation Techniques in Lower Corte Madera Creek Watershed).
6/29/2011: This meeting included presentations by Dr. Lisa Micheli from the Pepperwood Foundation (A Research Framework for Bay Area Conservation and Climate Adaptation) and Bruce Riordan of the San Francisco Bay Joint Policy Committee (Developing a Bay Area Climate and Energy Resilience Strategy).
4/11/2011: This meeting included a presentation by Nicole Heller of Climate Central (An Introduction to Climate Central and the Bay Area Upland research Network Team).