Climate Change and Golden Gate

View of Fort Point and Golden Gate Bridge

Photo credit to Drew Shinnick


As a result of global warming, our Earth's changing climate will continue to profoundly alter national parks including Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Extreme heat waves, droughts, more wildland fires, coastal flooding and erosion, and other forms of habitat destruction are among possible scenarios in the coming decades.

The National Park Service and Golden Gate National Recreation Area are taking action to reduce our greenhouse gas contributions, to educate staff and visitors about the problem and its solutions, and to develop new land management strategies in the face of coming changes.

Here at Golden Gate, we address these issues in a Climate Change Action Plan. The 20-year plan has three concrete objectives:

1) Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

2) Educating the public (and ourselves)

3) Monitoring climate change and adapting to its effects

Read more about the overall National Park Service response to climate change at the NPS Climate Change website.

Read a report on the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on national park lands and ecosystems in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Find out how other national parks are affected by climate change.

Learn about the most likely changes that will occur at Golden Gate in the future.

Explore the causes of global warming and climate change and find links to science resources.

Last updated: May 23, 2017

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