The Science of Sustainability

Rising Seas

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What will global warming mean to the San Francisco Bay? QUEST explores how sea level rise could effect Bay Area wetlands, following researchers who are taking cores from local marshlands to discover their climate history and potential future. Craig Miller reports.

You may listen to the "Rising Seas" radio report online, as well as find additional links and resources.

Andrea Kissack is Senior Editor for QUEST at KQED Public Radio.

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Category: Biology, Environment, Partners

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Andrea is KQED's Senior Science Editor . Andrea was born in Los Angeles and discovered radio news through listening to her college radio station. With a curious mind and a love for telling stories, she set off for Tampa where she landed her first job as a reporter for Florida Public Radio. After three years reporting in an unbearably humid climate and a brief stint as a miscast opera reporter, Andrea returned to L.A. to work for public radio, then for television news and finally as a reporter for CBS radio. Andrea has been at KQED for over twelve years, working first as a producer for Forum, and then as the senior producer for The California Report. She is now KQED's Senior Science and Environment Editor and narrates the QUEST television program. Andrea says she feels lucky to cover emerging science and environmental trends in a place where geek is chic.
  • Linus Hollis ScD

    It's more like a trillion dollars [$1,000,000,000,000] of infrastructure, counting all the roadways, piers, ports, bridge accesses, etc…
    Imagine the bay looking like Highway 5 in Washington after that big storm whenever we have a high tide: intolerable. The permanent solution is to dike and lock the Golden Gate. Incredible side benefit: no more water crisis. It doesn't take much fresh water to keep the bay at its present level of salinity. Since the bay won't have tides, the wetlands will become riparian in seasonality-a natural adaptation. Sea creatures will have to have their own way in and out, but I lost all the engineering specs on that when my iMac crashed and the Zip disks don't work any more.
    Are their any alternatives?