Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Drowning slowly: How U.S. cities will see if sea levels rise as predicted

Nickolay Lamm's new illustrations of America's west coast show many of California's iconic destinations under 25 feet of water


(Daily Mail) A new series of images provide food-for-thought when it comes to the future of some of America's most populated coastal towns.

Nickolay Lamm, 24, has produced some worrying illustrations of how California's biggest cities will become lost to the ocean if scientists' predictions of the effects of global warming prove correct.

San Francisco, becomes consumed by the very bay it is constructed next to. Venice Beach resembles scenes from Venice, Italy as the Pacific Ocean slowly deluges the trendy Los Angeles neighborhood. And San Diego's position as a naval town is virtually washed away as the unforgiving sea water floods the towns docks and promenades.

It could take several centuries for sea levels to rise to that level but artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm hopes his work will raise public awareness about the very real threat of global warming today.

Mr Lamm used data and methods from Climate Central, an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about the changing climate and its impact on the American public.

Nickolay interpreted Climate Central's sea level rise maps and flood elevation formula to arrive at these images.

'Sea level rise that makes cities uninhabitable is not going to happen in our lifetime, but, it is going to happen sooner or later unless we cut carbon emissions. Our first sea level rise project covered only East Coast cities. I felt it would be fitting to bring attention to sea level rise on the West Coast as well,' he says.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, the seas will rise by an average of 6.6 feet by 2100.

Then over the coming centuries, as temperatures rise and ice sheets melt, the oceans could rise as much as 20 or 30 feet ... ► Read the full article James Daniel in Daily Mail






Source: Drowning slowly: How the America's Golden State cities will look in 500 years if sea levels rise as predicted│ Daily Mail
Author: James Daniel
Photomontage: Venice, Californiabased on 2 photographs of Nickolay Lamm│Taato by Adventist Report


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