Challenges of Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

Sea level rise is one of the most pressing concerns for coastal communities in the world today. In the San Francisco Bay Area, there is a predicted 15 to 55 feet of sea level rise, putting not only billions of dollars at risk, but threatening the very way of day-to-day life occurring in the region. The effects of Sea level rise will cause the inundation of infrastructure around the bay; with transportation networks, economic centers, residential areas, key infrastructure providing daily services and even water supplies being flooded with sea water. The threat of sea level rise comes from inaction, where current aging infrastructure cannot hold back the approaching tides of the future. The San Francisco Bay Area as a whole must respond to this issue and adapt to changing circumstances, or a catastrophe will occur, which may very well cripple the Bay Area.