Sea Level Rise and Marin's Ocean Coast

Brian Crawford, Community Development Agency
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What Could Marin's Sea Level Rise Mean to You? Find Out!

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Sea levels world-wide are rising as the warming Earth drives thermal expansion of the ocean and global melting of glaciers and ice sheets. Climate experts estimate that by 2100, sea level could rise by around 70 inches and that the frequency, intensity and flood-effects of storms will increase. People in coastal areas, such as here in Marin, need to understand how sea level rise (SLR) may affect their homes, schools, roads, public facilities, natural resources and habitat areas, when these impacts might occur, how they might change over time, and how to prepare for them.

Marin County’s “Collaboration: Sea-level Marin Adaptation Response Team” (C-SMART) is an intergovernmental/public-private partnership that is working to develop this understanding so that, while there is still time, we can together become prepared to meet the challenge of sea level rise. Please use this page to learn about, join, and contribute to this effort. If you'd like additional information, please call us at (415) 473-4331 or send an email to the Sea Level Rise Planner.