Planning for California's first Sea Level Rise Adaptation for Transportation
Sea level rise and increased storm energy from climate change will affect shorelines at least into the next century. It will also be one of the most costly adaptation processes that the US is likely to undertake. Beginning in 2010, Caltrans and UC Davis have led the proess of adaptation to sea level rise for shoreline corridors, starting with State Route 37 (SR37), one focus of this trip. This tour begins with a stop at Mare Island, located on SR37 and at the confluence of the Napa River and the San Francisco Bay, for an overview of transportation and ecology issues unique to the Bay and surrounding Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Topics may include hydroacoustics/fisheries issues and sea level rise/extreme weather events. The tour continues to a site overlooking tidal marshes in one direction and highway and rail in the other. Other stops could include a site of now chronic flooding of the highway.
Trip Details: Location is approximately 1.75 hours from the conference. Bring a hat or sunscreen, and binoculars for birds. This is a full-day field trip.
Destinations/Stops: Sacramento Hyatt Regency to Mare Island/Vallejo, Sears Point, Novato, back to Hyatt