Climate Impacts in Virtual Reality

The new virtual reality app, Look Ahead – San Francisco offers people a look at the changes of climate impacts in virtual reality. It includes three locations in San Francisco, Heron’s Head Park, The Embarcadero and Mission Creek and you can see the future seas level rise.

San Francisco is at risk from sea level rise along its shoreline from the airport, to parks and beaches, and in neighborhoods along the Bay.  This map of 11 locations highlights some of the development sites with identified adaptation measures and portions of the shoreline with completed vulnerability assessments and/or adaptation plans.  A 2016 study commissioned by the city identified $75 billion dollars in public and private property at risk by 2100.

City leaders are looking at ways to protect critical assets and vulnerable communities.  On the city’s western shoreline, they are considering strategies that reduce the impacts of erosion and flooding such as beach nourishment and dune restoration as well as protecting critical structures from erosion.  Check out the San Francisco Sea Level Rise Action Plan to learn about the City’s planning process and events you can plug into.

For more information on the Look Ahead – San Francisco campaign and for the events calendar, please visit their official website –

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Users can download the Look Ahead – San Francisco app via Google Play or the Apple App Store.

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