The Ocean is moving in
How we rise to the challenge today
will determine the very future of our golden state.
Seas are now predicted to rise between 1 and 7 feet by 2100. While not obvious when gazing at the ocean, sea level rise 🌊 is happening faster than you think and will be much worse than scientists first expected.
60% of California’s beaches are highly vulnerable to sea level rise 🏖
Shorelines dotted with native plants and natural dunes can help stem the tide.
More than $150 billion in property throughout California is at risk of severe flooding and erosion by 2100 💸
We can buffer our communities from future floods by proactively planning now. Has your city started preparing?
Rising seas will further stress vulnerable species of marine mammals 🦦 already threatened statewide
Adaptation projects will protect critical habitat, restore natural dunes and maintain shallow water banks for pupping.
Salt water intrusion from rising seas will compromise our drinking water🚰 and ability to grow crops
We will protect fresh-water aquifers by better managing groundwater supplies and building percolation ponds as seas rise.
1 million Californians in ocean-related jobs could see their livelihoods threatened by sea level rise 🚢
Forward-thinking adaptation projects will provide thousands of new jobs while protecting existing ones.
Transportation hubs like PCH, San Francisco airport ✈️ and Port of Los Angeles are under major threat.
Infrastructure like roads, water treatment facilities and utility plants will be saved if we blueprint now for resilience and relocation.
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We can’t halt the ice melting already underway, but we can affect how far and fast our ocean rises. On this site, you’ll learn how the State of California and local communities are uniting to protect our coastline.
Sea level rise is a complex issue that will take decades to solve. The good news is that experts know what we need to do right now. Using the best science and working together, we can start building a more resilient California.
Our first and best defense against the ravages of sea level rise is staying informed 🗞️.
To save California coasts, scientists turn to the humble oyster
- San Francisco Chronicle🔗
Hurricane Ian is bringing historic storm surge. It holds lessons for California's coast.
- Ocean Protection Council🔗
Ocean Protection Council Releases the State Agency Sea-Level Rise Action Plan for California - a first-of-its-kind, highly coordinated effort to outline a roadmap toward coastal resiliency for the state
- KOAT Channel 7🔗
A disastrous megaflood is coming to California, experts say, and it could be the most expensive natural disaster in history
Eureka City Council adopts recommendations to address sea level rise
See a Map of Bay Area Hazardous Sites at Risk From Rising Seas
- Public Policy Institute of California 🔗
A Large California Water Utility Prepares for Climate Change
- Stanford | News Service 🔗
Stanford researches reveal add-on benefits of natural defenses against sea-level rise
- Santa Cruz Sentinel 🔗
Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard | Our climate crisis not going away
- Santa Barbara Independent🔗
Santa Barbara to Address Sea-Level Rise with $2M in Grants
- KCRA 3🔗
Sea level rise is a threat to all Californians, whether they live near the coast or not
- San Francisco Chronicle🔗
California’s radical plan to defend homes from sea level rise: move them
How Rising Sea Levels Could Push Up a 'Toxic Soup' Into Bay Area Neighborhoods
To Understand Sea Level Rise, This Climate Artist Wants You to Feel It in Your Body
- Los Angeles Times🔗
Urgent action needed to address climate change’s catastrophic threats, U.N. report warns