Sea Level Rise Impacts & Adaptation
ESA’s scientists have incorporated sea-level rise considerations into our restoration designs since we began studying the potential impacts of sea-level rise in our first study, which was published in 1987.
We are leading efforts throughout the West Coast to understand the increasing vulnerability of our shores, infrastructure, and communities and are working to develop adaptation strategies and sound land use planning and policy.
We develop innovative solutions and plans to assess risk and address sea-level rise—from sea-level rise vulnerability assessments, flood risk management studies, and shoreline erosion assessments, to coastal hazard mapping, habitat evolution analyses, and ecosystem-based adaptation planning. ESA provides a range of technical assistance to local, regional, and state agencies to assess the possible impacts, devise adaptation strategies, and maximize benefits to manage the effects of sea-level rise on both natural and developed areas.
Related specialties and services:
- Adaptation studies and vulnerability assessments
- Coastal erosion assessments
- Coastal flood forecasting
- Community and ecosystem adaptation plans
- Geomorphic assessments
- Geomorphic mapping
- Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling
- Managed shoreline retreat
- Multi-objective flood management
- Shoreline management plans
ESA’s coastal engineering team, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, Point Blue, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Site Sentinel Cooperative, has developed the Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Technical Guidance for the California Coast; a guideline and toolset for the implementation of natural infrastructure elements as accountable, effective, and sustainable solutions for protecting our shores against sea-level rise.