THE ISLANDS OF SEATTLE: URBAN IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Jeffrey Linn, an urban planner at the University of Washington, shows how Seattle could look after a projected rise in sea levels, if the world’s ice melts, due to climate change. The map is based on publicly-available LiDAR data, rendering the rise of the seas in 10-foot increments, starting at the current shoreline, and ending with the 240-foot level.
The “Islands of Seattle” poster shows what could happen if all the world’s ice sheets dissolve into water. Linn admits that he does not know how long it would take for this to happen. Still, the effects of climate change from anthropogenic causes, including the resulting sea rise, ultimately may be irrevocable after we reach a critical threshold. Have we already reached it? In any case, we all should be concerned about the long-term trends.