The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast

Published: March 2009

Authors: Matthew Heberger, Heather Cooley, Pablo Herrera, Peter Gleick, and Eli Moore

Pages: 115



California’s iconic coastline and the vast ecological, cultural, and economic resources tied to it are deeply threatened by sea-level rise. This study anticipates California’s need to respond to the intensifying effects of climate change with equitable and economically viable solutions, highlighting the heightened vulnerability to sea-level rise among low-income households and communities of color. Detailed interactive maps illustrate populations and critical infrastructure at risk, such as healthcare facilities and hazardous waste sites. The authors find that the economic cost of sea-level rise will be much greater than the cost to implement adaptive solutions, such as coastal armoring.


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