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.
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.