rising tides

Climate Change

Climate change projections predict a mean sea level rise of approximately a meter by 2100. Increased flooding is likely at lower elevations. Climate change projections also include fluctuations in temperature, the potential for more frequent periods of drought, and the likelihood of intense storm events happening more often. These changes are likely to have an impact on riparian vegetation composition and density, as well as the frequency and erosive power of high flow events.

PRBO Conservation Science's Sea Level Rise maps and planning tool. This interactive tool accounts for sea-level rise, habitat, waves, and sediment in the bay to show future impacts of rising tides. View PRBO's Climate Smart Planning Tool.

Marin Magazine published an excellent story about local impacts related to rising tides in April 2012. Read the story.

California's Office of Planning and Research has a website with information about climate change. Read the facts on climate change.

The Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission has developed online mapping and other information on current climate change models. For more information see: http://www.bcdc.ca.gov/planning/climate_change/maps/regional16_55.pdf