Challenges on the Edge: Climate Change, Sea-level Rise, and the California Coast
Climate is changing, sea levels are rising and the California coast is in the way. Low-lying areas like the shoreline of much of the San Francisco Bay already experience very high tides and what has been called nuisance flooding, which over time will become permanent inundation. Over the short term, perhaps until mid-century, King tides, El Niño events, and storm waves at times of high tides will have the greatest impact on California's coast and shoreline. All recent studies indicate that the rate of sea-level rise is accelerating, and California's coastal communities need to begin planning for and adapting to that inevitability now.
*This is the kickoff lecture for our UC Santa Cruz Alumni Excursion, a special two-day trip through Santa Cruz and Monterey counties exploring the effects of climate change on marine life from UC Santa Cruz student and faculty experts. Visit our website to learn more about the Excursion.
Professor Gary Griggs has been on faculty at UC Santa Cruz for 50 years. He served for 26 years as the Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences where led the efforts to develop the University's Science Campus.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm
UC Santa Cruz Hay Barn