New Approaches for Responding to Climate Change in the San Francisco Bay-Delta

May 7th 2015

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Seminar Overview:
SF Bay photoAlthough climate change is one of many threats facing the San Francisco Bay-Delta region, it has the potential to dramatically alter ecosystem health and function on a vast scale. Among the challenges facing resource managers is to understand what the specific impacts will be and what the options are for managing the mitigation of those impacts. A range of strategies are under consideration for mitigating the impacts of sea level rise, changes in watershed inputs and changes in temperature, salinity and sediment loading. This process requires understanding the expected magnitude of change as well as the responses of different habitats to those changes.
The goals of the seminar include updating current understanding of climate impacts based on the recent downscaled projections and information regarding the vulnerability and resilience of both natural and human environments. The most current approaches for climate adaptation and mitigation in response to climate related changes will be discussed. The overall goal is to synthesize ongoing efforts in order to facilitate efforts to develop a broader vision for the Bay-Delta ecosystem under future climate scenarios.

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This seminar is presented by UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture, Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute and the Delta Stewardship Council.


9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Peter Goodwin, Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program
Edwin Grosholz, University of California, Davis

9:10 a.m. Climate change impacts on the Bay-Delta Ecosystem
Jim Cloern, U.S. Geological Survey
9:35 a.m. Projecting inundation in San Francisco Bay: Sea level rise and tides
Mark Stacey, University of California, Berkeley
10:00 a.m. Limitations of vertical marsh accretion rate as determined by suspended sediment concentration and sea-level rise
Jim Morris, University of South Carolina
10:25 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Carbon sequestration in natural and restored tidal wetlands in San Francisco Bay
John Callaway, University of San Francisco
11:10 a.m. The Baylands and climate change: What we can do?
Letitia Grenier, San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI)
11:35 a.m. Update on SF Bay Living Shorelines and other Climate Adaptation pilot projects in SF Bay
Jeremy Lowe, Environmental Science Associates/SFEI
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Experiments with nature-based adaptation to increase the resiliency of social-ecological systems in the San Francisco Bay Estuary
Jeremy Lowe, Environmental Science Associates/SFEI
1:40 p.m. Landscape-scale planning for ecological resilience in the Delta
Robin Grossinger, San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI)
2:05 p.m. Evolving views of permitting requirements for large scale shoreline modification projects
Brad McCrea, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Strategies for funding ecosystem restoration to mitigate climate change
Sam Schuchat, CA State Coastal Conservancy
3:10 p.m. Panel Discussion
All participants
4:00 p.m. Conclusions and wrap up
Edwin Grosholz, University of California, Davis

This seminar is free and open to the public