Troubled Waters?


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As climate change looms, SF State’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center monitors the health of the Bay

"Paradise Drive” is the name of the road leading to San Francisco State’s Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center. It lives up to the name, meandering along the northeastern edge of the Tiburon Peninsula with forest on one side and clear views of the San Francisco Bay on the other. You can catch a glimpse of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge before turning sharply off onto a steep road that takes you past old naval buildings, a gleaming solar array and white tanks holding local aquatic species — the scientific trappings of current research and education projects juxtaposed against the remnants of the site’s past lives.

In January, 40 years after SF State acquired the location — formerly known as the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies — the University clarified its purpose with the establishment of the EOS Center, reaffirming its focus on understanding vulnerable coastal and ocean ecosystems.