A series of 10 post-sea-level-rise maps created by urban planner Jeremy Linn envisions America after dramatically risen sea levels. It’s factually accurate with a splash of humor with renamed surviving neighborhoods like Flushwick and Bed-Sea.
In figuring out just how much water would flood into our coastal cities should sea levels rise, Linn relied on this USGS study. While he says USGS data indicates that the total possible rise in sea levels is 263.5 feet, sometimes he renders his maps at levels slightly below that. “I never render sea levels higher than what is possible from melted ice according to the USGS,” he says on his site.
In addition to being factually accurate, Linn’s maps also have a touch of humor evident in the names he gives to the cities and neighborhoods that will survive after the deluge — Los Atlantis, the Isle of Jersey and Park Sloop, for example.
“There are people who don’t agree with the way I’ve dealt with the subject of climate change with these maps — they think the funny names and extreme sea levels are a distraction from what will actually happen in the lifetimes of the current generations,” Linn says. “I believe that what happens to future generations is also important, and that leavening a serious issue with humor will put it into the minds of more people. Plus, I really have a good time making up the names — it’s fun.”