Category Archives: West Coast

West Coast Resiliency Leaders

Study: Los Angeles vulnerable to sea level rise

San Pedro, Wilmington, Venice and other low-lying areas of Los Angeles are vulnerable to future flooding that could damage buildings, erode beaches and impair roadways in the event of a storm like Hurricane Sandy, which devastated parts of the East Coast in 2012, according to a new report by USC researchers. (Daily Breeze, Jan. 7, 2014)

King tides show West Coast vulnerability

PLEASURE POINT — The yin and yang of the ocean will be on full display in the next few days, with some of the lowest tides of the year set to expose sea life at Santa Cruz County beaches.

The King Tides also will bring some of the highest tides of the year, which can portend what rising sea levels could look like in the coming decades, according to researchers and environmental groups.

Like all tides, King Tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and the position of the earth and sun. They are naturally occurring and happen a few times each year. (San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 31, 2013)