Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Golden Gate Climate Update
Join Golden Gate Climate Update as we hear from people helping your National Parks understand and adapt to climate change. This podcast series interviews leading scientific authorities, park staff and partners involved with climate change science, response and sustainability as it relates to National Parks; particularly those in the West.
You can listen to the two-part podcasts listed below individually or you can subscribe to the series through the RSS feed above.
You can also check out these Golden Gate podcasts on the Earth to Sky web site:
Changes in Wind, Upwelling and Fog
Dr. James Johnstone is a researcher at the University of Washington’s Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean. Jim studies the relationship between wind, upwelling, and fog along the West Coast. In this interview, he discusses long-term declines in coastal fog and how this may relate to changes in wind and upwelling associated with climate change.
Interview date: 7-10-10
Climate Change and Coastal Processes
Dr. Patrick Barnard is a research geologist with United States Geological Survey coastal and marine geology program. Patrick studies coastal erosion and processes along the California coast. In this interview he discusses how climate change factors may affect erosion rates.
Interview date: 7-07-10
Climate and Wildfires in the West
Interview date: 7-06-10
Biofuels and Sustainability
Actress Daryl Hanna is a prominent environmentalist, sustainability advocate, and promoter of biodiesel fuels. In this interview she talks about the benefits of biofuels and other environmental projects with which she is involved.
Interview date: 10-14-09
Marin County Salmon and Climate Change
Interview date: 7-29-09
Plant Distribution Changes
Interview date: 9-02-09
Sea Level Rise and San Francisco Bay
Dr. Noah Knowles is a Research Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. One area of his research is climate change and how it may affect the San Francisco Bay ecosystems. In this interview, Noah will tell us a about his research and the implications it has for the future of San Francisco Bay.
Interview date: 11-03-09
Monitoring for Climate Change
Marcus Koenen, Program Manager for the National Park Service, San Francisco Bay Area Network Inventory and Monitoring Program tells us about the Inventory and Monitoring Network and how it can be used to detect the effects of climate change in the Bay Area parks.
Interview date: 7-16-09
Redwood Forest Drying
Dr. Emily Limm is a postdoctoral student at U.C. Santa Cruz. Dr. Limm studies how the ferns, shrubs, and trees of the redwood forest absorb fog and how this vital water source maintains the health of the redwood forest. In this interview she discusses how climate change may affect California's coastal redwood forests.
Interview date: 11-03-2009
Climate Observations and Models
Dr. Robert Cahalan, head of NASA’s Climate and Radiation Branch based at Goddard Space Flight Center. His group studies climate on the scale of years to millions of years. In this interview Dr. Cahalan discusses climate change and how it may affect national parks.
Interview date: 8-13-2009
Did You Know?
Recycling and composting your household waste can reduce your carbon emissions into the atmosphere by more than one ton a year.