Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium

Created: 12/18/2010 - Updated: 8/27/2021

Summary

The Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium (BAECCC) was comprised of state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations focused on research, management, and planning in the San Francisco region. BAECCC focused 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 was founded in 2009 and was active until 2017; its website is now archived and serves as a repository of climate change research and collaborations.

Background

BAECCC collaborated on regional climate change impact assessments, research and monitoring, outreach and education, and adaptive management strategy development. Members included the California Coastal Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 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 Greater Farallones Marine Sanctuary, Point Blue, 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.

Implementation

Some of BAECCC’s objectives included:

  • 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 communities on BAECCC efforts

Outcomes and Conclusions

BAECCC coordinated activities on climate change for communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and facilitated collaborations between natural resource managers and scientists. BAECCC also engaged policy-makers, elected officials, and the public in understanding the value of Bay Area-ecosystems as well as climate-smart solutions to address impacts to the area’s natural infrastructure. A few notable accomplishments of BAECCC include:

  1. Creating a network of over 200 professionals to engage in climate change planning, outreach, and research.
  2. Providing support for the San Francisco Bay Area to be selected as one of NOAA’s National Sentinel Sites.
  3. Designing, developing, and participating in numerous workshops to engage local professionals and the public.

Additional accomplishments, as well as archived projects and resources, can be found on the BAECCC website.

Resources:
Bay Area Climate Change Communications Workshop Summary Report
Workshop: Climate-Smart Actions for Natural Resource Managers
Workshop: Managing Rangelands in Increasingly Uncertain Times

Status

Last updated 8/21.

Project File (s)

Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium

Citation

Gregg, R. M. and Braddock, K.N. (2021). Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium [Case study on a project of the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium]. Version 2.0. Product of EcoAdapt's State of Adaptation Program. (Last updated May 2021)

Project Contact(s)

The Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium (BAECCC) identifies and addresses climate change impacts on ecosystems by using science to inform adaptive management for long-term ecological and economic benefits.

Keywords

Scale of Project
Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Erosion
Flooding
Habitat extent
Precipitation
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Water temperature
Climate Type
Temperate
Timeframe
5-10 years
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Design or reform institutions
Create new institutions
Increase organizational capacity
Coordinate planning and management
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
Sociopolitical Setting
Urban
Suburban
Effort Stage
Completed