SFO in danger of flooding by 2050, Obama Administration says 

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  • A map released by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission shows possible flooding at SFO by 2050.
The National Climate Assessment released by the Obama Administration Tuesday predicts the possible flooding of San Francisco International Airport and other Bay Area locations.

The report, compiled by more than 300 scientists and experts, aims to be "the most comprehensive and authoritative scientific report ever generated about climate changes that are happening now in the U.S. and further changes that we can expect to see throughout this century."

It outlines the impacts climate change is expected to have across America. Coastal areas can expect rising sea levels, according to the report, with water in the Bay Area rising between eight and 16 inches by 2050. Many of SFO's runways are within 16 inches of sea level and could flood.

A 2002 report by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission also predicted a 16 inch rise in sea level by 2050.

Other areas under threat of flooding include a portion of the Bay Bridge and Crissy Field.

However, rising water won't be the only concern in the future. The National Climate Assessment also says California can anticipate more droughts.

[h/t SF Weekly]

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