San Francisco a Test Case for Coping with Rising Seas

(Photo: Nicholas Christen/KQED)

(Photo: Nicholas Christen/KQED)

Parts of New York and New Jersey are still reeling from Superstorm Sandy, an event that brought climate change and the threat of sea-level rise front-and-center. It’s a looming problem for all coastal cities, and one that San Francisco has been pondering since long before Sandy struck.

Along San Francisco’s western shore, the Ocean Beach Master Plan is a kind of test case for sea-rise planning. It calls for big changes, including a strategy known as managed retreat.

This aired on KQED Science on February 4, 2013.