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DRAFT Sea-Level Rise Policy Guidance
The Draft Sea-Level Rise Policy Guidance document provides an overview of best available science on sea-level rise for California and recommended steps for addressing sea-level rise in Coastal Commission planning and regulatory actions. The document's 120-day public review period opened on October 14, 2013 and closed on February 14, 2014. Click the link for the Coastal Commission's Public Review Announcement.Opportunities to Learn More about the Draft Guidance Document
California Coastal Commission staff conducted a number of outreach events designed to give an overview of the Draft Sea-Level Rise Guidance, as well as to answer questions from interested parties and members of the public. Commission staff presented the document at two Coastal Commission Hearings and hosted two online webinars. Event details are here.Download Document
Click the link to download the full Draft Sea-Level Rise Policy Guidance document.
To download a specific chapter, click the link below:
- GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR ADDRESSING SEA-LEVEL RISE
- SEA-LEVEL RISE SCIENCE
- ADDRESSING SEA-LEVEL RISE IN LOCAL COASTAL PROGRAMS
- ADDRESSING SEA-LEVEL RISE IN COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PERMITS
- ADDITIONAL RESEARCH NEEDS
- NEXT STEPS
APPENDICES (All Appendices A-F)
Appendix A. Sea-Level Rise Science and Projections for Future Change
Appendix B. Developing Local Hazard Conditions Based on Regional or Local Sea-Level Rise Using the NRC 2012 Report
Appendix C. Adaptation Measures
Appendix D. Resources for Addressing Sea-Level Rise in Local Coastal Programs
Appendix E. Examples of Sea-Level Rise Preparation from Other State Agencies
Appendix F: Coastal Act Policies Relevant to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Hazards
A 120-day public comment period for this document closed on Friday, February 14, 2014. Comments were submitted via email to or by U.S. mail to the address below.
California Coastal Commission
c/o Sea-Level Rise Work Group
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
or sent by email to
The 120-day comment period was provided to maximize public and agency participation in the discussion and review of the Commission’s proposed Sea-Level Rise Policy Guidance.
To see comments submitted as of February 14, 2014 please click here.
If you have questions or would like additional information on the guidance, please do not hesitate to contact Hilary Papendick at or (415) 904-5294, or Lesley Ewing at (415) 904-5291.