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Project Summary / Overview
The Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium (BAECCC) is comprised of state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations focused on research, management, and planning in the San Francisco region. BAECCC focuses on using climate change science to inform adaptive management strategies, research and monitoring, and outreach and education to prepare the regional players for climate change.
BAECCC collaborates on regional climate change impact assessments, research and monitoring, outreach and education, and adaptive management strategy development. Members include the California Coastal Conservancy, Department of Fish and Game, National Park Service’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Coastal Services Center, NOAA’s Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, PRBO Conservation Science, San Francisco State University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s San Francisco Bay Refuge Complex, U.S. Geological Survey’s Pacific Southwest Area, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, and San Francisco Estuary Project.
Some of BAECCC’s objectives include:
- Research, monitoring, and management of:
- sea level rise, ocean acidification, salinity, sea surface temperature, storm surges, inundation, and extreme weather events
- biological responses to change
- ongoing renewable energy projects
- Information management and sharing of:
- data, modeling, tools, management plans, and analyses
- Policy and outreach efforts such as:
- a State of the Bay Area climate change report
- assessment of federal regulations and policies
- connecting with policymakers and the communities on BAECCC efforts
Project Outcomes and Conclusions
BAECCC plans to coordinate activities on climate change for resources and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The ten-year projected outcomes of this consortium’s efforts include:
- Science-based adaptive management approaches are tested and implemented to support climate change responses.
- Natural resource management plans, policies, and protocols are developed and implemented to support ecological resilience to global climate change.
- San Francisco ecosystems and ecological services are more resilient to climate change impacts.