The Port of San Diego is preparing for the future sea level rise and has taken practical measures to mitigate this problem. Namely, at the location of a future hotel and convention center in Chula Vista, the Port trucked enough soil to raise the ground level by 14 feet. The fill dirt project started in August and finished last week.
These projects are being constructed under the port’s Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan (CVBMP), which covers one stretch of the 34 miles of the waterfront.
This work is a priority in California, which is expected to experience high changes in the forthcoming decades due to global warming and loss of mass at the poles.
Specifically, as ice melts off Antarctica, it will reduce the sea level near it, but at the same time it will increase the sea level in the northern hemisphere. Due to this fact, the sea level in California could increase by 1.25 feet.
San Diego will also experience the effect of the sea level rise, as it will experience a rise of 1.5-2.5 feet by the end of the century. There is also the possibility that the sea level will rise by up to ten feet, if the Antarctic sea level collapses, but this is not very probable to happen.
Nevertheless, sea level will likely continue to increase throughout the 22nd century.
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