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a direct visualization of the predicted high water line caused by Climate Change, which is predicted to reach 10 feet above sea level line around Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan. a chalk line & a set of light-emitting LED beacons intervenes in the daily lives of inhabitants & passers-by, by revealing where the water line will reach in local neighborhoods & streets.

[link: highwaterline.org & highwaterline.org (blog)]






As always, credibility of the data can't be completely overruled by exaggeration of presentation. Sea level has risen pretty consistently by 2mm per year for the last 80 years, so this 10 foot projection must either be for the year 3528, or a scifi author's purely fantastic vision.

Either way it doesn't impact me, because it's not credible. Pretty at night, perhaps, but nothing more. Data quality matters.

Fri 08 Feb 2008 at 6:38 PM
another ignorant anti-doomsayer

Junk science meets information visualization -brilliant. And ultimately useless.

Sat 09 Feb 2008 at 1:47 AM

Claiming linearity based on the past 80 years is credible? Reality does and will impact you, and everyone else. Nature cannot be fooled by denial. Intelligence matters.

Sat 09 Feb 2008 at 1:55 PM

"Scientists warn that the biggest danger from global warming is raising sea level through a combination of increased water from glacier melting and warmer water temperatures causing expansion. Sea level has risen 4 to 10 inches this past century and is projected to rise up to 3 feet by 2100. For every foot of sea level rise we can expect about 100 feet of coastal flooding....

"Results indicate that the earth will be warm enough in less than 150 years (assuming no reduction in greenhouse gas emissions) to melt the Greenland Ice Cap. This change could also lead to four to six meters of sea level rise at rates of up to two to five centimeters per year."
from http://www.architecture2030.org/current_situation/sealevel.html

Some recent reports indicate that both the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are melting and moving to the sea much faster than previously indicated. The Arctic is projected to be ice-free during the summer within less than a decade. This sets up a feedback loop leading to greater warming and more Greenland ice melting.

How long can you dogpaddle?

Sat 09 Feb 2008 at 4:07 PM

Once upon a time, (in the not too distant past), there live man like apes in wide and vast forest. Food began to run short and a few said, "hey, why don't we try climbing down from here and looking around." Do you children know what happened next? Thats right boys and girls, the dumb apelike men who wouldn't (or were too afraid or dumb to) confront the data all around them, starved. Which was cool, be cause they sucked anyway.

Sat 09 Feb 2008 at 5:45 PM
oh goody

You know who else wanted all the dumber people to die?

Sun 10 Feb 2008 at 12:39 AM
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