BCDC Adapting to Rising Tides Maps

Sea Level Rise Sequence - 36
Client:   Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

BCDC is the guardian of San Francisco Bay, preventing ecological destruction while fostering appropriate uses, and engaging communities across the region in planning and managing the Bay's future. GreenInfo has been a key partner with BCDC, helping on a variety of mapping and relate tasks, in particular the agency's Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) program, for which we earlier created a full website. Extending the ART program, BCDC then asked GreenInfo to help visualize scenarios of sea level rise and how it effects  the communities of the Bay Area.

This project involved developing map designs that would allow extensive and complex information to be easily viewed by users, but that can also result in "atlases", or map series, ringing the Bay and easily updatable with new information.

The approach GreenInfo chose was to use Esri's ArcGIS "Mapbook"technology, also called Data Driven Pages. Rather than making each map individually, this system uses a set of templates to produce many standard individual maps at large scale (very close up views) across a region, each displaying the same data. Regional data sets are applied to each individual "tile" or map. Once a template is developed, producing a series of 10, 20 or 50 individual maps in PDF documents is very quick.

The ART maps we developed in this project show various sea level rise scenarios focusing on community indicators and assets, critical facilities (transportation and energy), parks and recreation, businesses, and housing.  Each of these formed its own map "atlas", resulting in five different groups of maps.

Focus:   Economic Development, Environment, Government Agencies  

Services:  GIS Services, Maps 

Tags:   climate change, Esri ArcGIS, San Francisco Bay Area, sea level rise  

Project Years: 2015-2016

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