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.

In an article by Tara Duggan in the San Francisco Chronicle, SFEI's Warner Chabot was quick to emphasize the dire consequences of the report's sea level rise projections and an unabated need for urgent action. In the San Francisco Bay, not to mention the broader population across California's coast, there are entire communities at risk. Duggan quoted SFEI's Executive Director:

“For much of the Bay Area, anything over a foot of sea level rise is a major challenge,” said Warner Chabot, executive director of the nonprofit San Francisco Estuary Institute. “Sea level rise is the Bay Area’s No. 1 climate change threat, especially to underserved, disadvantaged communities. This state report clearly validates that threat.”

Chabot noted that the state’s most recent budget proposal included almost $3 billion in cuts to climate resilience, including $184 million in coastal resilience programs.

Tara Duggan
Associated Staff: 
Programs and Focus Areas: 
Shoreline Resilience