Rising Waters: The Changing Shoreline of the San Francisco Bay
DATE: Thursday, December 18th
TIME: 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Exploratorium Fisher Bay Observatory Pier 15 at Embarcadero and Green Street map
RSVP: Admission is free. RSVP required. E-mail the Exploratorium or call 415.528.4444, and choose option 5.
TRANSIT: The Exploratorium is served by the F streetcar as well as many MUNI buses and rail lines.The Embarcadero BART station is a 10 minute walk away. Outdoor bike parking is available next to the museum.
“The seashore is an edge and it defies the usual idea of borders by being unfixed, fluctuant, and infinitely permeable.”
The history of San Francisco Bay is one of extraordinary change. Since the last ice age sea level has gradually risen, pushing through the Golden Gate to form the bay 8,500 years ago. Although we have gradually fixed our shoreline since San Francisco was settled over 150 years ago, the Bay continues to grow. This dynamic is only exaggerated by climate change which is projected to cause between approximately 3 to 6 ft of sea level rise by 2100.
How can we look back to our historical ecology to find approaches to climate change adaptation? Do the “green” infrastructures of restored wetlands and oyster reefs help to buffer rising tides? How do these approaches mix with the “grey” infrastructures of sea walls, levies, and dykes? How does our environmental political history inform how we organize now to help change our city and become a model for other coastline cities?
Join us for the first in a series of talks exploring the relationship of politics, history, engineering, and citizen action to climate change and its impacts on the San Francisco shoreline. Our speakers include Gabriel Metcalf, Executive Director of SPUR; Peter Wijsman, a water management and climate change adaptation specialist for Arcadis US; Richard Walker, Geographer and author of The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area; and Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist for the Center for Resilient Landscapes at the San Francisco Estuary Institute.
This program is a co-presentation of the Exploratorium’s Fisher Bay Observatory and is part of the Conversations about Landscape series.
Photo: Detail of 1869 Map showing San Francisco “water lots” to be sold at public auction, courtesy of David Rumsey Map Collection