Study: San Francisco Bay's Shoreline Sinking

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San Francisco Bay's shoreline is sinking, according to a new study co-authored by a UC Berkeley scientist. The study, which utilized satellite images, showed that some areas built on landfill are sinking nearly half an inch a year. That sinking, compounded by rising sea levels, will likely exacerbate flooding and could cost the region billions of dollars in the coming decades.

Paul Rogers,
 managing editor, KQED Science; environment writer, The Mercury News
Roland Burgmann, professor of earth and planetary science, UC Berkeley