Shifting Landscapes in the Bay Area
As the climate continues to warm, scientists believe the Bay Area’s microclimates will shift. These maps show how the region’s plant communities could move as conditions change. What scientists don't know is how fast vegetation could migrate to new areas or how the changes will affect Bay Area parks and wildlife.
San Francisco Bay Area Under Present-Day ConditionsToday, the Bay Area is home to a diverse mix of microclimates, cooler on the coast and warmer inland. As temperatures rise and rainfall patterns change, scientists believe many of these microclimates will shift, either to higher elevations or closer to the coast.
Source: David Ackerly,
Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley