Wednesday, October 27

This is what some cities will look like if the sea level rises | Digital Trends Spanish


It is known that climate change and global warming will have the consequence of rising sea levels, which could be catastrophic for coastal sectors and especially for cities located near the oceans.

Until now it is difficult to imagine that unless it is visually. But a new photographic project aims to show precisely what would happen in more than a hundred cities in the world if the planet’s temperature rises by three degrees.

The images are interesting because they are photorealistic representations of sea level rise and the impact that this would bring to each city. For example, part of the city of Havana in Cuba would be practically submerged.

In the same way, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, would end with one of its entrances overflowing with water, almost at the height of the typical double-decker buses that run through the English capital.

Perhaps more dramatic would be the case of the Lujiazui skyscrapers in Shanghai, China, as the surrounding streets would be totally submerged under water.

Other images of the project are less photorealistic and are based on Google Earth photographs, but they still serve as a good example of the disaster that would cause the rise of the sea in various parts of the world. For example, what would happen in the city of Mazatlán, Mexico, where the water would form a kind of lake well in streets not so close to the coast.

In total, 164 cities are represented on the site of Climate Central; some with photorealistic images, others based on Google Earth and some even with videos.

The data is based on a study published by four researchers (Benjamin Strauss, Scott Kulp, DJ Rasmussen and Anders Levermann), which reveals that at least one country on each continent is severely threatened, in addition to countries settled on small islands that would disappear completely. .

The study also indicates that countries such as Indonesia, China and India have the largest population living in exposed areas; Paradoxically, they are the countries that have created the most coal plants in recent years.

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