Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium

2012 News

December: The next general BAECCC meeting will be on January 31st. We expect to have an exciting discussion about coordinating the multiple regional efforts seeking to test nature-based solutions for shorelines that are resilient in the face of sea level rise ("green infrastructure'). In addition, the developers of the Climate Commons will be sharing their plans for the future and will be looking for feedback from BAECCC participants.

November: On November 29th BAECCC, in conjunction with the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative and The Nature Conservancy, hosted the workshop Climate Smart Actions for Natural Resources Managers. The workshop, attended by over 130 regional professionals, focused upon steps natural resource managers can take to understand and address the vulnerability of their lands/resources to climate change. The workshop included fascinating and important case studies of managers already taking action in our region to prepare for climate change. Unfortunately, we were unable to provide space to all on the wait list, but the good news is that the materials distributed at the workshop (and several of the presentations) are available on the Climate Commons here, with more to come.

November: On November 16th BAECCC convened the first meeting of its Monitoring Working Group. This group includes representatives from agencies and organizations around the region conducting ecological monitoring, and will be assisting BAECCC identify next steps toward our desired outcome of a coordinated monitoring network for the region. Anybody interested in participating in this effort should contact Executive Coordinator Andy Gunther (andy "at" cemar "dot" org).

BAECCC announces November 29th Workshop: Climate Smart Actions for Natural Resource Managers. Registration for this FREE workshop is now open! Click here for more information and to register.

October: A written summary of the September 27th BAECCC meeting is now available.

September: The next quarterly meeting of the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium will be on September 27th from 1:30-4:30 at the offices of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission in San Francisco.

In addition to getting updates on several of the exciting projects affiliated with BAECCC, Dr. Julie Ekstrom will be with us to talk about Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation in the San Francisco Bay Area, the recently completed study by the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The full agenda is here.

Please note that we will be starting the meeting in the afternoon, and ending it with a social hour from 4:30-6:00. We hope you will be able to stay after the meeting and get to know your colleagues a little better!

August: A written summary of the June 28th BAECCC meeting is now available.

June: The agenda for the June 28th BAECCC meeting, to be held at 10 AM at the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, is now available.

June: On June 6 BAECCC convened 75 environmental scientists and managers from around the Bay Area to summarize scientific knowledge about climate change impacts and adaptation strategies for San Francisco Bay's wetlands. This collaborative project, the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Technical Update for Climate Change, will complete an authoritative assessment of climate change impacts in the Baylands to inform regional wetlands restoration planning.

May: On May 23rd a workshop on Planning for the Bay of the Future: Resources for Coastal Climate Change Adaptation was conducted at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. The workshop was a collaborative effort among BAECCC participants including the Our Coast Our Future project (Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, US Geological Survey, PRBO Conservation Science, and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve), the Adapting to Rising Tides project (lead by the Bay Conservation and Development Commission), and NOAA's Coastal Services Center. Over 60 Bay Area environmental professionals received the latest information about planning for sea level rise, and had the opportunity to provide comments and recommendations for work underway in the region. A meeting summary will be available soon.

May: A written summary of the April 26th BAECCC meeting is now available.

April: The agenda is now available for the BAECCC quarterly meeting that will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the 11th floor conference room at the California State Coastal Conservancy, 1330 Broadway (12th Street BART station). If you cannot attend but wish to participate via teleconference, instructions for calling in are found on the agenda. The next quarterly BAECCC meeting will be on June 28, 2012.

February: A written summary of the January 26th BAECCC meeting is now available.

February: Bay Nature has published an article about the BAECCC-affiliated project Innovative Wetland Adaptation Techniques in Lower Corte Madera Creek Watershed. The production of this article was made possible by support from the Coastal Conservancy, PRBO Conservation Science, Pacific Gas and Electric, and the Nature Conservancy. In case you missed it, Bay Nature published an interesting piece in 2009 (authored by Glen Martin) about climate change in the Bay Area called Taking the Heat: Bay Area Ecosystems in the Age of Climate Change.

January: BAECCC and the California State Coastal Conservancy are pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Letitia Grenier as the Coordinator for the Technical Update of the San Francisco Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Report. The technical update will integrate the projected impacts of climate change and associated adaptation strategies into the Goals report, providing scientific guidance for the Bay Area's efforts to restore wetlands in a warming world.

January: In September 2011 BAECCC organized two sessions at the State of the Estuary Conference on Climate Driven Ecological Change, and the Powerpoint files from those sessions are now available for download as PDFs. A summary of the session is available on pages 10-11 of the December 2011 issue of Estuary News (presently available in hard copy, soon to be available online). BAECCC has also updated this website, including greatly expanding the links page. Remember that BAECCC's next general meeting will be on January 26th from 10 AM – 2 PM at the offices of the State Coastal Conservancy.