bay area council economic institute embarks on sea-level rise study

The unfolding tragedy in the Philippines is an unsettling reminder of a global trend towards more frequent extreme weather events. Following recent devastation on America’s Gulf and Atlantic coasts, and with sea levels at the Golden Gate projected to rise by four-and-a-half feet by 2100, how vulnerable is the San Francisco – San Jose – Oakland Bay Area? With the generous support of Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and the California Coastal Conservancy, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute on Wednesday began undertaking a two-part study to analyze the physical and economic vulnerability of the Bay Area to a likely extreme weather event. Joining the conversation were representatives from some of the Bay Area’s most critical transportation and economic infrastructure, including BART, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Port of San Francisco and San Francisco International Airport – and engineering firms Parsons and URS. To learn how to support these efforts, please contact Policy Manager Adrian Covert.

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