Key Issues in the Area
Along the Mendocino County coastline, sea levels are projected to rise approximately 23 inches (0.58 meters) by 2050 and 83 inches (2 meters) by 2100. Climate change has contributed to the frequency of drought, flooding, and wildfires in the area and sea level rise (SLR) threatens buildings and infrastructure along the coastline.
- Wildfires have burnt off protective land cover which gives way to flooding and landslides
- High water levels create washouts, erosion, and cliff retreat
- Sudden and extreme rainy weather cause regional flooding, landslides, and mudslides
- SLR cause the shoreline to flood more frequently and severely
- Storm systems are a result of more severe weather