CoSMoS CoSMoS 2.2: Pt. Arena and Russian River
CoSMoS 2.2: Pt. Arena and Russian River
Above: CoSMoS 2.2 (Bodega Head to Pt. Arena) study area
Building on the initial work in the Bay Area and Outer Coast, CoSMoS 2.2 adds river flows to the USGS Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) to help users project combined river and coastal flooding along the northern California coast from Bodega Head to Point Arena. Currently the model offers flood projections for the Russian River watershed and also includes discharge from the Gualala, Guerneville, and Garcia Rivers. Explore interactive maps showing:
Northern California Regional Collaboration
CoSMoS 2.2 has been integrated and supported by a number of projects throughout the study area. It was initially implemented from Bodega Head to Point Arena as part of NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint project addressing climate change and sea-level rise in the Russian River estuary. NOAA’s efforts in the Russian River Habitat Focus Area address complex water issues associated with threatened and endangered fish populations, weather extremes, and water-resource management throughout the Russian River watershed. The expansion of CoSMoS was critical to:
Similarly, CoSMoS modeling was incorporated into the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative and is highlighted on this story map.
Key collaborators for CoSMoS 2.2 include:
About the CoSMoS Modeling System
CoSMoS provides a suite of 40 scenarios by combining 10 possible values for sea-level rise (0, 0.25 meter [m], 0.5 m, 0.75 m, 1.0 m, 1.25 m, 1.5 m, 1.75 m, 2.0 m, and 5 m) with four possible coastal storm conditions that include: daily conditions; a 1-year storm (or, ~100% chance of occurring in a given year); a 20-year storm (or 5% chance); and a 100-year storm (or 1% chance).
CoSMoS 2.2 presents two additional scenarios of interest for Russian River estuary management: assuming the mouth of the Russian River is either open or closed during a 100-year coastal storm with extreme fluvial discharge (i.e., approaching flood stage in Guerneville). These are viewable on the Our Coast, Our Future (OCOF) web viewer.
Additionally, laser-surveying (lidar) data collected in 2014 within the Russian River watershed was incorporated into the high-resolution Digital Elevation Model (topographic map) used in projecting local storm hazards.
Viewing the Interactive Maps
All model results are available on the Our Coast, Our Future (OCOF) flood mapper, which provides a user-friendly web tool to review model projections. View the outputs of the additional scenarios by scrolling down to “Regional Projects” in the left-hand side of the OCOF flood mapper (Menu item “5”), then Choose other layers”.
Complementary socioeconomic information is also available through the Hazards Exposure Reporting and Analytics (HERA), developed by Nathan Wood and Jeanne Jones of the USGS Western Geographic Science Center.