What would 25-feet of sea-level rise look like IRL?

People talk a lot these days about rising seas. They talk figures in feet and inches. They make maps, and forecast which stretches of America's coastline will be inundated in 25, 50, or 100 years. But we're visual creatures, and visual creatures want to know: what might this projected sea level rise actually look like?

Inspired by an interactive, sea-level rise projection app released late last year by The New York Times, Pittsburgh artist Nickolay Lamm created a series of images depicting 25 feet of sea level rise at a variety of American tourist destinations.


Writes Lamm:

The inspiration for these sea level rise photos came from What Could Disappear from the New York Times. Because the maps shown were not in a high enough resolution to figure out exactly which places would be flooded, I got in touch with Remik Ziemlinski from Climate Central who gave me access to more precise versions of the same maps that New York Times used.

Here's how the sea level is likely to change through time...

0 feet: Today's sea level

5 feet: 100 to 300 years

12 feet: Potential level in 2300

25 feet: Potential level in coming centuries

Featured here a handful of Lamm's renderings, which Popular Science converted into hi-res GIFs in order to illustrate the change over time.

NYC's Statue of Liberty


D.C.'s Washington Monument


South Beach's Ocean Drive


Lamm paid close attention to the details on sea-level projection maps while creating his original renderings. You can read about it in his blog post.

[Nickolay Lamm | Popular Science]


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