Science for a Healthy Bay Area
The San Francisco Estuary Institute
The solutions we need now to meet the climate crisis
SFEI is acting now to make the Bay Area and our communities more resilient to the impacts of rising waters, rising temperatures, and increasingly severe storms. Our region has the resources and creativity to withstand the push for single-minded “concrete” solutions to complex threats such as sea level rise.
SFEI’s reliable science, networks built on trust, and creative collaboration help heal ecosystems. Our work also guides infrastructure investments to safeguard our shared home.
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Our science helps guide the work of policy-makers, Tribal leaders, natural resource managers, city officials, researchers, journalists, and community organizers.
Our cutting-edge pollutant studies and 30-year administration of the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality have led to a cleaner Bay.
Our nature-based strategies are helping the Bay Area adapt to climate change, sequester carbon, improve human health and wellbeing, support native wildlife, and increase equity.
Our dynamic, science-based tools are accessible to all to support decision making for a healthier environment.
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The State released its SLR projections, and SFEI's Warner Chabot is featured in the comments
Jan 19, 2024
Jan 19, 2024
Future projections for sea level rise have been slightly reduced by the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) in a report released by the agency today. Still a draft, the report projects an average rise of 9.6 inches by 2050, with the benefit of new data and expert interpretation. However, the very modest adjustment still depicts a dire picture when it comes to the risks faced by California's coast. Sea level rise still presents a monumental challenge for current and future generations.
SFEI’s sixty+ scientists, technologists, and designers work with our partners to define environmental problems, advance public policy, and develop science-based strategies to meet the climate crisis and protect our shared home.