Sea Level Rise
Warmer conditions that melt glaciers and ice sheets and expand sea water, are leading to sea level rise (SLR). An anticipated increase in sea level rise of 1-2 feet by mid-century and up to 6 feet 9 inches by end of century is projected for the Bay Area. Further coastal flooding due to storm surges are also projected as the changing climate leads to stronger storms.
Potential Physical Interventions
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Port Lands Flood Protection Project
Toronto’s Port Lands district is an ambitious flood protection project that has evolved into a large urban redevelopment program. The project is about 2 miles outside of Toronto's financial district and has been a industrial no-man zone near Lake Ontario. The project encompasses 600 acres with 64 acres of park , 75 acres of habitat, riverfront pathway and plans for 20,000 residential housing units.
Seal Beach Sediment Augmentation Project
Seal Beach, in Southern California, is a pilot project that consists of the addition of a thin-layer (8-10 inches) of clean dredged sediments to 10 acres of a low elevation salt marsh within the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge in Orange County, CA in order to increase habitat health and address sea level rise.