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Impacts of Bay Area Sea-level Rise: How Can Nature Help?

  • 18 Jun 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • on Zoom


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Impacts of Bay Area Sea-level Rise:
How Can Nature Help?

Rising Shorelines and Higher Groundwater Will Require Significant Adaptation

Thursday June 18, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 PM
  - online event - Zoom link will be emailed separately

Now is the time for Marin communities to develop and implement plans for adapting to sea-level and groundwater level rise. Come learn about recent research findings that affect you and how to support proposed solutions. Experts from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University/Estuary & Ocean Science Center bring their expertise to talk about Marin’s challenges and opportunities for adaptation.

Christopher Chung/Press Democrat


What are the issues?

  • Impacts of Bay Area and Marin County sea level rise
  • How does sea level rise affect groundwater levels?
  • Implications of rising shorelines  and groundwater on Marin 
  • Hardscape vs. nature-based adaptation
    What are the solutions?
    • Adaptation strategies for urban and suburban areas
    • Nature-based solutions
    • Examples of recent Bay Area adaptation projects
    • What can you do to make a difference?

    Sea levels are rising due to climate change, resulting in higher shorelines and groundwater levels, increased flooding during king tides, infra-structure impacts and great uncertainty for all. Marin County has conducted two in-depth sea-level rise vulnerability studies, which show that Marin, as a peninsula, is very vulnerable to sea level rise. Governments around the Bay Area are working to move from vulnerability assessment phase to implementing adaptation strategies and action. Options include hard-scape solutions such as dikes and sea walls and nature-based approaches such as wetland restoration and oyster bed regeneration. With its extensive coastline, Marin offers opportunities to use nature for greater climate resilience.


    Terrie Green
    Director, Shore Up Marin City

    Dr. Kristina Hill
    Associate Professor,
    UC Berkeley

    Dr. Katharyn Boyer
    Professor, San Francisco
    State University, Estuary & Ocean Science Center

    Q&A Moderator:
    Dr. Stuart Siegel 

    Coastal Resilience Specialist, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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