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Analysis of a Tidal Barrage at the Golden Gate

Global warming is likely to cause an acceleration of sea level rise and may cause water levels in San Francisco Bay to rise nearly one meter by 2100, which would inundate over 200 square miles of land and development worth over $100 billion. To protect these low-lying areas, hundreds of miles of levees, dikes and seawalls may have to be built along the Bay shoreline. This report provides a cursory evaluation of whether building a dam across the Golden Gate is an alternative to these extensive shoreline protection structures.

Analysis of a Tidal Barrage at the Golden Gate [adobe pdf, 416 KB ]