Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Study

Posted on July 19, 2019


In the United States, about 40% of the population lives near the coast. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sea levels continue to rise about 1/8-inch every year and this rate is likely to increase. Some studies have estimated that by 2050, water levels could rise by one foot, and by 2100, it could increase by two feet. Public Works has been working with a consultant firm, as well as, Paul Jensen from Community Development and Cory Bytof from the City Manager’s Office, to identify the areas that are most vulnerable to sea-level rise. More specifically, to develop and identify short-term and long-term strategies to address this issue. On July 9th, Environmental Science Associates presented its preliminary finding to City staff. The City will also be working closely with the County of Marin on this issue. We are looking forward to collaborating together to complete the final report.

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