Posted by: coastlinesproject | June 26, 2013

Boston underwater! And a storm like Sandy could do this next week.

Boston underwater: How the rising sea levels will affect the city

As temperatures are projected to climb, polar ice to melt, and oceans to swell over the coming decades, Boston is likely to bear a disproportionate impact of rising sea levels, government scientists reported recently.

The seas along the East Coast from North Carolina to New England are rising three to four times faster than the global average, and coastal cities, utilities, beaches, and wetlands are increasingly vulnerable to flooding, especially from storm surges.

These images and maps of flooded areas around Boston were created by Nickolay Lamm, from StorageFront.com. Lamm, a researcher and artist, was inspired by the New York Times’ “What Could Disappear” interactive and collaborated with Remik Ziemlinksi from Climate Central.

Select any of the water levels on the left depict four levels of flooding: 0 feet is today’s sea level. Five feet will take between 100 and 300 years. Twelve feet of water is the potential level in the year 2300 and 25 feet will occur centuries from now.

25 FEET
12 FEET
5 FEET
0 FEET
CLICK TO INCREASE WATER LEVEL
Back Bay
Back Bay
Back Bay
Back Bay
Back Bay
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Harbor Hotel
Harvard Campus
Harvard Campus
Harvard Campus
Harvard Campus
Harvard Campus

Read more in; Storm Surge; A Coastal Village Battles the Atlantic, Beach Wars; 10,000 Years on a Barrier Beach and The View From Strawberry Hill; Reflections on the Hottest Year on Record. See Strawberry Hill, UPNE, and Schiffer book tabs at the top of this page.

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