Adapting to Rising Tides



San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)




Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) is a program of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) that identifies how current and future flooding will affect communities, infrastructure, ecosystems and economy in the San Francisco Bay Area. The ART Program integrates adaptation into local and regional planning and decision-making by leading collaborative adaptation planning projects, building regional capacity for adaptation, and providing a portfolio of resources, including how-to guides, findings by sector and issue, and maps and data products. The ART Program Portfolio website includes the adaptation planning methodologies and approaches developed, tested and refined by the ART Program staff and partners, as well as communication and decision-making strategies. In addition to providing how to guides, engagement exercises, process agendas and a step by step approach, the Portfolio includes a Help Desk through which entities can contact program staff for assistance assessing and planning their adaptation projects. Program staff are available to explain the ART approach to adaptation planning and direct users to appropriate resources, information, and expertise.

Climate Impact Tags

Flooding Sea level rise

Adaptation Planning Guide Phases

Phase 1: Define, Explore, and Initiate Phase 2: Assess Vulnerability Phase 3: Define Adaptation Framework and Strategies Phase 4: Implement, Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust

Resource Type Tags

Assessment Communication or educational material Data and tools Plan or strategy Planning and policy guidance Project or example


Extent: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Solano County, Sonoma County


Last updated: April 18, 2024