The Ocean Climate Initiative, spearheaded by Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and run out of the Ocean Climate Center, addresses climate change impacts along the North-central California coast and ocean environment through fostering awareness, advocating solutions, and promoting action amongst government agencies, public organizations, private corporations, and individuals to build ecosystem resilience and sustainability.
The Ocean Climate Initiative serves as a coordinating partner for Our Coast–Our Future, a collaborative, user-driven project focused on providing San Francisco Bay Area coastal resource and land use managers and planners locally relevant, online maps and tools to help understand, visualize, and anticipate vulnerabilities to sea level rise and storms. To date, the Initiative has also held three Ocean Climate Summits for Bay Area coastal managers, educators, and researchers, organized the development of the report Climate Change Impacts: Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries through a joint Advisory Council Working Group, and worked with local scientific experts to determine a set of physical and biological ocean climate indicators to provide information about the status and trends of climate change impacts along the North-central California coast. The Initiative is currently organizing the development of the report “Ocean Climate Indicators: A Monitoring Inventory and Plan for Tracking Climate Change in the North-central California Coast and Ocean” through an Advisory Council Working Group, as well as developing the Climate Smart Conservation Project to inform future sanctuary actions in the areas of Adaptive Management; Science and Monitoring; Education and Outreach; and Green Operations. Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary is also a founding member of the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium (BAECCC), working to identify and address climate change impacts to our region’s ecosystems by using targeted science to inform management for long-term ecological and economic benefits.