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Your Call: How will rising sea level affect Bay Area communities?

Dec 7, 2015

  On the December 7the edition of Your Call, we kick-off our week-long climate coverage by discussing sea level rise in the Bay Area. 

Tidal gauge at the Golden Gate Bridge have measured an 8 inch rise over the past century. Climate change is accelerating that rate. By the end of this century sea level is projected to rise 17 to 66 inches. Even before then, in just a few decades, parts of San Mateo and Treasure Island will be underwater. Hundreds of thousands of people, as well as roadways, airports, hospitals, and businesses stand at risk. 

Where are we most vulnerable? How do we prepare? Join the conversation on Your Call with, Hana Baba and you.

Guests:

Kristina Hill, associate professor at U.C. Berkley’s College of Environmental Design

David Vautin, senior transportation planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission 

Jeremy Lowe, senior scientist with the San Francisco Estuary Institute

Web Resources:

MTC: Vital Signs

NASA: Sea Level Rise

Climate Central: Surging Seas

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission: Adapting to Rising Tides

SF Public Press: Sea Level Rise Threatens Waterfront Development