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Carlsbad Hosts Sea Level Rise Meeting, 5/19

The City of Carlsbad will host a free panel discussion and community meeting to discuss sea level rise and the future of Carlsbad’s coast and lagoons, Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and will take place at the City of Carlsbad Faraday Center, 1635 Faraday Ave. RSVP at 760-434-2820 or manager@carlsbadca.gov

“The City of Carlsbad is developing a plan to address sea level rise, and we want community members to weigh in, especially those in affected areas,” said Jennifer Jesser, a city planner who is overseeing the sea level rise study. “This is a great opportunity to hear from scientists and city planners about the changes that are taking place along our coast and lagoons and what they mean for Carlsbad.” 

Topics will include: 

  • What areas of Carlsbad will be affected by rising sea levels and when?
  • How much are sea levels expected to increase?
  • What does this mean for property owners in affected areas?
  • How is Carlsbad planning and preparing for sea level rise? 

The evening will begin with a panel discussion featuring:

  • Michel Boudrais, Ph.D, University of California San Diego faculty member who is currently chair of the Environmental and Ocean Sciences Department, chair of UCSD’s Sustainability Taskforce and principal investigator of Climate Education Partners
  • Sarah Giddings, Ph.D, an assistant professor and physical oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the Integrated Oceanography Division
  • Laura Engeman, manager for the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, a network for public agencies that serve the San Diego region to share expertise, leverage resources and advance solutions to facilitate climate change planning.


All cities in California are required to address sea level rise when they update their land use plans. The City of Carlsbad approved an updated General Plan in September 2015 and is now updating its regulations and policies to be consistent with the new General Plan. In addition to the sea level rise study, the city is updating its Local Coastal Plan, land use rules required by the California Coastal Commission for cities that include property in the coastal zone. 

For more information
Carl Stiehl, 760-602-4605, carl.stiehl@carlsbadca.gov 

City media contact
Jessica Padilla Bowen, 760-434-2845, jessica.padillabowen@carlsbadca.gov

April 29, 2016