Map Shows US Cities Drowning Under Rising Sea Levels

October 19, 2015 | Sarah Tse

Climate Central Map Sea Level Rise
Photo credit: Climate Central

Thinking of buying a new beach house? You might want to check the zip code on this interactive interactive map first.

Climate Central has released a new map that forecasts the effects of various global warming scenarios on rising sea levels across the United States. Just type in your zip code, and you can see what will happen as sea levels eat away at the coast. The map allows you to compare two climate change scenarios on the same area, ranging from "Extreme Carbon Cuts" to "Unchecked Pollution," with the option to look ahead to either 2050 or 2100. 

SEE ALSO: 10 Cities in Danger of Going Under

The map uses data from a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, linking historical sea level rises with the relationship between temperature and carbon emissions. Here's one of the most terrifying facts revealed by this research: every time you burn a single gallon of gasoline, you add 400 gallons of water volume to the ocean. Maybe try taking the bus more often.

The map certainly presents sobering data on our future, as even the best case scenario of "Extreme Carbon Cuts" predicts substantial property losses. But it should also inspire dedication to take immediate action and prevent the watery doom prophesied by "Unchecked Pollution." The Paris climate talks looming in December will lead us down an emissions pathway that will determine whether or not we'll have to relocate the Statue of Liberty.



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