Webinar: Introduction to the San Francisco Bay Area Watershed Analyst

October 11, 2016, 1:00PM - 2:00PM PDT


Dr. Stu Weiss, Creekside Center for Earth Observation 

Dr. Lorraine Flint, USGS California Water Science Center

Deanne DiPietro, California Landscape Conservation Cooperative


In this webinar you will learn how you can apply the best science available to explore how climate change is shaping the future of the Bay Area’s natural resources.

Using scenario planning to support climate-smart adaptation for the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project: A case study for making science accessible to managers

This project uses existing decision support tools (DSTs) in a scenario planning analysis for the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project (SBSPRP) as a case study that other bayland managers can reference for best practices for using these DSTs for adaptation planning. The Point Blue Conservation Science project team worked with the SBSPRP Management Team to engage in a scenario planning analysis to evaluate their adaptive management plan for tidal marsh restoration and salt pond management in the context of sea-level rise.

Structured Decision Making for Conserve San Francisco Bay Tidal Marsh Ecosystems

This project brings together natural resource managers, conservation coordinators and planners, and scientists within the San Francisco Bay to develop a spatially-explicit decision framework that accounts for uncertainties about climate change. Management priorities will be those that yield the greatest expected conservation benefits across the Bay considering multiple objectives including endangered species recovery, tidal marsh ecosystem integrity and services, and human health and safety over the next century.

Tidal Marsh Bird Population and Habitat Assessment

This project assesses the potential effects of climate change on tidal marsh habitats and bird populations, identifies priority sites for tidal marsh conservation and restoration, and developes a web-based mapping tool for managers to interactively display and query results in the San Francisco Bay. Management actions that are robust or that fail under the climate change scenarios can be identified through the mapping tool.

A Monitoring Protocol to Assess Wintering Shorebird Population Trends

The Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey is a coordinated multi-partner research and monitoring program led by Point Blue Conservation Science designed to guide the management and conservation of wintering shorebirds in the Pacific Flyway, a migration corridor stretching from Alaska to Chile. The first phase of the effort has focused on California's Central Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, and the coastal regions of California and northern Baja California, Mexico. These regions provide critical habitat for large populations of migrating and wintering shorebirds in the Pacific Flyway.

Vulnerability Analysis and Monitoring Program for Detecting Changes in San Francisco Bay Tidal Marsh Bird Populations

This project designs a monitoring program and protocol to detect the effects of climate change on tidal marsh bird population abundance and distribution. It is a companion to the project “Tidal Marsh Bird Population and Habitat Assessment for San Francisco Bay under Future Climate Change Conditions” and will build on its products, enabling evaluation of the long-term viability of four tidal-marsh bird species threatened by impacts of climate change: Clapper Rail, Black Rail, Common Yellowthroat, and Song Sparrow.

San Francisco Bay Area Upland Habitat Goals

The Upland Habitat Goals project is a science-based process using existing data supplemented by expert opinion to identify a Conservation Lands Network for biodiversity preservation to inform conservation investments. The final report recommends the types, amounts and distribution of habitats, linkages, compatible uses and the ecological processes needed to sustain diversity. Other products include an online decision support tool and access to a GIS database.

Climate-Driven Geomorphic Alteration of Intertidal Foraging Habitats for Migratory Birds in the San Francisco Bay Estuary

The study answers the management question, “How will climate change and sea-level rise affect the intertidal shoal habitats critical for the health of migratory birds in the San Fransicso Bay Estuary?” This project provides the first science addressing this pivotal question and informs conservation and restoration of migratory bird habitat, including the on-going South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project.

Sea-level Rise Modeling Across the California Salt Marsh Gradient

This project uses modeling at a parcel scale to measure the effects of sea-level rise on coastal ecosystems and tidal salt marshes. The project team will measure several parameters that will be incorporated into ArcGIS models creating comparable datasets across the Pacific coast tidal gradient. The ultimate goal is to provide science support tools for local adaptation planning from the bottom-up that may be implemented under a structured decision-making framework.


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