California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program supports public interest research, development, and demonstration projects to benefit California. This report is one of many products from this program. Specifically, in this case researchers as Berkeley develop a hydrodynamic model of unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution to investigate impacts of sea level rise plus storm dynamics on natural gas pipelines and facilities in the State of California. They integrated a high-resolution earth surface model with dynamic three-dimensional water modeling. This method included dynamic influences of tides and storm surges as well as surface objects that impede water flows, such as buildings. By coupling projected water levels with pipeline data the researchers were able to characterize the system’s vulnerability, and risks of damage. This information will provide valuable input for gas operation programs, investments and the development of adaptation strategies.
Flooding Sea level rise
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