Pacifica’s Environmental Family
6:30 p.m. | Thursday, March 24, 2016
Sea Level Rise: Pacifica’s Choices
Join experts to examine and ask questions about the realities of Sea Level Rise in Pacifica at a free forum sponsored by Pacifica’s Environmental Family and the Pacifica Climate Committee on Thursday, March 24 at the Community Center at 6:30 PM.
While no one can predict how Pacifica will next experience the effects of a warming ocean, we can take a thorough look at the changes that can be expected sooner rather than later. Like hundreds of millions of people around the world, Pacificans will become increasingly vulnerable, and the economic consequences will continue.
Both before and after the speakers presentations, participants at the forum will be asked to contribute their ideas about practical ways for Pacifica to begin to respond and plan for a sustainable future. According to John Englander, author of High Tide on Main Street, in the next decade or two we are “about to get a real-world lesson in geology and oceanography.” Like Englander many geologists believe that “the world has started to change and will continue for decades into the future.”
Moderator for the evening Brenda Goeden is Sediment Program Manager at Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Hilary Papendick, Climate Resilience Specialist with the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability, will guide us through the realities of SLR. The facts of our Pacifica geology will be presented by US Geologic Survey coastal geologist Patrick Barnard. Barnard and Bob Battalio, coastal engineer at Environmental Science Associates, will introduce us to models of sea level rise created for Point Blue’s Our Coast Our Future and the California Coastal Sediment Management Plan. Papendick will explain how the County is currently studying vulnerabilities, and Terra Nova graduate Joshua Cosgrove, NCCWD board member with wastewater system experience, will talk about what we will need to do in the near future to keep Pacifica sustainable.
To remind us of the beauty and pleasure we currently experience along our coast, several local artists are contributing art works featuring our shore.
The impact of rising seas is predictable, but it’s anybody’s guess when. Now is the time to plan and adapt to a changing shoreline. Join the discussion and help identify priorities that can help to minimize or postpone the impacts.
What: Sea Level Rise: Pacifica’s Choices
When: Thursday, March 24 @ 6:30 PM, Free
Where: Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica
Information: Pacifica’s Environmental Family