Jeffrey Linn

City Living, maps

What Would NYC Look Like If Sea Levels Rose 100 Feet?

By Dana Schulz, Tue, February 10, 2015

Jeffrey Lin, global warming map, NYC sea level

We know that rising sea levels are one of the scarier parts of global climate change. Just take a walk past the beachfront houses in the Rockaways or on Staten Island that have been raised on stilts. According to the Real Deal, “the US Geological Survey estimates that if all the world’s glaciers melted, sea level would rise by about 80 meters, or more than 260 feet.” Though this could take thousands of years, it would make unrecognizable many of the world’s coastal cities, including New York City.

A stunning map series created by Jeffrey Linn, a Seattle resident with a background in geography and urban planning, visualizes major US cities in “this doomsday scenario” using actual geographic data. In New York City, after sea levels rose just 100 feet, the island of Manhattan is almost submerged; Brooklyn and Queens look like little archipelagos; and the Statue of Liberty is out to sea.

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