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San Diego Bay Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy

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San Diego Bay GIS mapThe Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay, released on Feb. 16, 2012, is one of the nation’s first regional approaches to sea level rise adaptation, and resulted from the efforts of a broad collaboration of stakeholders, including the local governments around San Diego Bay, the Port of San Diego, San Diego Airport Authority, and many others. It was supported by The San Diego Foundation through its Climate Initiative.

The strategy document consists of two main components: a comprehensive vulnerability assessment that evaluates how community assets could be impacted by sea level rise; and broad recommendations for building the resilience of community assets. This regional strategy is a foundation to guide coordinated adaptation planning among participating local jurisdictions.


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Learn what the strategy includes, how it was developed, and why it was needed in San Diego Bay. blue arrow icon


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Get a short overview of the vulnerabilities the San Diego Bay region faces as sea level rises.  blue arrow icon


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Read the 10 recommended, comprehensive strategies to improve the region's resilience. blue arrow icon

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  • Read the complete strategy document, which includes the full vulnerability assessment and recommended strategies.

  • The document also includes an appendix of resources useful for other planners, including a sample vulnerability assessment survey, management practices toolbox, and strategy evaluation matrix.

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The San Diego Bay Sea Level Rise Strategy was developed by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA thanks to generous funding from the San Diego Foundation. The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve – Coastal Training Program served as a key partner in the stakeholder engagement process.

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