Assessment of Bay Area Gas Pipeline Vulnerability to Sea Water Intrusion
Investigating the Impacts of Climate Change on Natural Gas Pipelines
The research team met with PG&E to understand potential economic implications of their model results on natural gas infrastructure in the Delta and finished modeling inundation risks along the open coast (50 m resolution).
Researchers developed an improved, high-resolution hydrodynamical model to simulate storm surge coupled with various increments of sea level rise to estimate the potential impacts to natural gas pipelines in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta region. The researchers worked very closely with PG&E to investigate the vulnerability of natural gas infrastructure to inundation associated with sea level rise and extreme storm events as well as possible resilience options and their economic costs.
This project uncovered potential vulnerabilities to the natural gas system to sea level rise and extreme storm events with enough time to implement measures to mitigate and/or avoid potential impacts.