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Salon article about a Twitter campaign: #drownyourtown

At 3 meters, the airport is under water.

At 3 meters, the airport is under water.

Lindsay Abrams at Salon writes:

“Sea levels are rising – what will that mean for your city? Andrew David Thaler, a marine biologist who blogs at Southern Fried Science, has taken to Twitter to find out. The result, #DrownYourTown, has become the official hashtag of the apocalypse.

Thaler’s original concept was to show cities at 80 meters, or about 262 feet, of sea level rise: the extreme end of climate change predictions. He created his renderings using GIS modeling overlaying Google Earth images with a simulation of the rising tides. In the manipulated images, Miami is gone while only the top of the Washington Memorial pokes through in downtown D.C. The project served as both a dire warning and a promotional device for his self-described “dystopian maritime science fiction serial adventure” book series.

Yesterday, Thaler started fielding requests from Twitter to drown users’ hometowns, and he’s back at it again today. The results are more far-fetched for some cities — like Denver, which is sitting pretty at 1.612 meters above sea level — than others. The prognosis for Jacksonville, as he puts it, is “less ‘neat’ and more ‘oh crap that’s bad news.’” None of the renderings are overly realistic-looking, either — this isn’t “Day After Tomorrow”-level technology. But the pang of recognition imparted from seeing a familiar landscape under a sudden layer of blue certainly makes climate change feel a bit more real.”

 

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Bruce Caron UCSB Sea Level Talk, February 1, 2013

Bruce gave this talk at UC Santa Barbara for a conference called Interactive Visioning. It didn’t make the UCTV edition, so here it is on YouTube:

 

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Lightblueline on local TV in 2007

In 2007, the Lightblueline project was working through the city process to be a public art project. The local public access TV station did a short piece on the topic of climate change.

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Visualizing sea level rise: Mashable article

DC under 7+ meters of water

I’m looking forward to the final event in the Figuring Sea Level Rise, next Friday at UCSB.

Here’s an artist who knows some great Photoshop tricks to visualize cities impacted by rising sea levels.

Rising Seas Swallow 8 Cities in These Climate Change GIFs

On Mashable, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai writes:

“Climate change and global warming may cause sea levels to rise and flood coastal cities across the world. Over the past century, the Global Mean Sea Level has risen by 4 to 8 inches. And according to estimates by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (PDF), it will keep rising between 8 inches and 6.6 feet by 2100.

How will the world look if that happens? In November of 2012, The New York Times published interactive maps displaying the effects of the sea level rising, in a series titled “What Could Disappear?” The maps show how much land the sea will claim in the future, if it rises by 5, 12, and 25 feet.

Nickolay Lamm, a 24-year-old researcher and artist saw the interactive maps and wondered: “What would this actually look like in real life?” Lamm told Mashable in an email interview that “the only imagery I had of sea level rise came from Hollywood.” So he decided to put his skills to work.

“I felt that if I could bring these maps to life, it would force people to look at sea level rise in a new way,” he said.

UPDATE: Nicolay has now done a series on the US West Coast Cities

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Lightblueline photos on Flickr

 

Here is the archive of photos from the original Santa Barbara lightblueline project on Flickr.

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Google Earth layers for Santa Barbara sea level rise

At 3 meters, the airport is under water.

Here are the 1 meter, 3 meter, 5 meter, and 7 meter sea-level rise data display layers (KMZ) for Santa Barbara and Goleta.

To use: open these in Google Earth.

Created by Darren Hardy and Frew.

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Goleta seven-meter sea-level rise map (pdf)

This map was made by Darren Hardy (UCSB) with a DEM and ESRI software.

PDF file: 2007-02-27 7m Goleta

Goleta 7 meter sea-level rise map

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Carpinteria Seven-meter sea-level rise map (PDF)

This map was made by Darren Hardy (UCSB) with a DEM and ESRI software.

Carpinteria 7 meter sea level rise map

PDF FILE: 2007-02-27 7m Carp

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Santa Barbara Downtown seven-meter sea-level rise map (pdf)

This map was made by Darren Hardy (UCSB) with a DEM and ESRI software.

Downloadable PDF: 2007-02-27 7m SB City center

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Santa Barbara 7 meter sea level rise map (pdf)

This map was created by Darren Hardy (UCSB) from a DEM and ESRI software.

The PDF File Download: 2007-02-27 7m SB far

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