rising sea level

On the August 14th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the recent toxic spill in Colorado.

Scientists project that the level of the water in the San Francisco Bay will rise three feet by the end of this century. That’s a conservative estimate - storm surges and extremely high tides could bring that number up to eight feet. This encroaching water poses a threat to existing developments and to future ones. In its latest investigation, the San Francisco Public Press examined the plans for more than 21 billion dollars worth of incoming development around the Bay.

http://ca.water.usgs.gov/

To what extent is climate change causing or worsening California's drought, and how is the drought similar to other extreme weather events like superstorm Sandy? Columbia University climatologist Adam Sobel joins us to talk about the current drought, its causes, and how we can manage the increasing risk of future natural disasters.

Guest:

Adam H. Sobel, Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University. He is also the author of Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future.

Port of SF

From Fisherman's Wharf to India Basin, what's next for San Francisco's waterfront? Host Joseph Pace and guests discuss the Port of San Francisco's newly released waterfront use plan. How does the plan address voter-imposed height limits? And how will future development contend with rising sea levels and other climate impacts?

Guests:

-Byron Rhett, deputy director of planning and development, Port of San Francisco