Sea Level Rise, if Unmitigated, Will Devastate the Bay Area by 2100, Says USGS

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Low tide at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.  (Photo: Lauren Hanussak/KQED)

By 2100, rising seas could put at least 600,000 coastal Californians at risk of flooding and cause over $150 billion in property damage. That's according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, which estimates that Bay Area residents will constitute two-thirds of those affected statewide. We'll talk about the Bay Area communities that are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and what can be done to mitigate its effects.


Patrick Barnard, research geologist, USGS

Molly Peterson, science reporter, KQED News