San Francisco
Visualizing Sea-Level Rise and Climate Solutions

Experience San Francisco in Virtual Reality with the Look Ahead App

Explore potential sea-level rise and responses, and help San Francisco meet its climate action goals.

Download the Look Ahead app to experience future sea-level rise at three low-lying sites in San Francisco- the Embarcadero, Mission Creek and Heron’s Head- and what’s possible with climate action.

Search the landscapes to uncover facts, answer questions, and find out what you can do to help San Francisco prepare for sea-level rise and reduce the carbon emissions driving climate disruption.

Add your voice. Answers to the questions in Look Ahead will inform the City of San Francisco’s development of a citywide sea-level rise adaptation plan and work to advance climate action goals.


Get started with the Look Ahead–San Francisco virtual reality tour!

Download the Look Ahead – San Francisco app on your smartphone or tablet. Once you are in the app, turn 360° with your phone or tablet to get the full experience. Tap on the icons to reveal the facts and questions. Click the “next” icon to advance to the next visualization. Using Look Ahead with virtual reality headsets or cardboard glasses enhances the tour but are not required.

Try out Look Ahead at the three sites! Visit the Embarcadero, Mission Creek, and Heron’s Head and look out for our signs to ensure that you are standing at the optimal vantage point for matching up what you see in the visualizations with the real world.

The Impacts of a

Rising Sea

Risks and Responses in San Francisco

click or tap on the map markers to
see locations at risk

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.



Voices in the Community

In the face of sea level rise and other climate-related impacts, San Francisco is taking action to become a more resilient city. Proactive and thoughtful adaptation planning will continue the innovation, creativity, and inclusivity that have always inspired thoughtful growth and change in San Francisco.

Diana Sokolove
Senior Planner, Planning Department, City & County of San Francisco

It is incumbent up on all of us to work together and act responsibly toward future generations. We take climate change and sea-level rise in San Francisco very seriously and the early we start planning for how to protect our shorelines, our infrastructure, and our communities the begtter off is our city.

Fuad Sweiss
Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor for Sea-Level Rise. Office of the Mayor, City & County of San Francisco

Climate change and its impacts represent the greatest challenge of our time, and we need innovative solutions to ensure the continued viability of our cities. The Look Ahead app offers a new and exciting way for the public and local government to collaborate.

Wendy Goodfriend
Climate Program Manager, San Francisco Department of Environment


Show your support for your community by participating in a region-wide response to the growing risk of coastal flooding.


Look Ahead—San Francisco is produced by Climate Access in partnership with the City of San Francisco with funding support by FEMA. Visualizations produced by Tactic. Research by Dr. Susanne Moser Research & Consulting and Christa Daniels of Antioch University.