The collapsing sections of Antarctic ice sheets could inundate coastal cities around the United States, making some cataclysmic outcomes more likely than previously considered, according to recent studies.
As a result, the federal government increased its worst-case scenario for rising seas by a quarter in January – up to an average of more than eight feet by 2100.
Meanwhile, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report says the regional effects of gravity, along with ocean current changes triggered by the ice sheet collapses, could lead to a 12-foot rise in sea level – the height of a one-story house.
To illustrate these worst-case scenarios and help local governments and planners to prepare for possible future shoreline conditions, Climate Central published a report on Google Earth, including maps showing the potential impacts.
Also included is a list of the Top 30 Cities with the Most People on Affected Land. The top 10:
- New York, NY (832,000)
- Miami, FL (296,000)
- Hialeah, FL (225,000)
- Virginia Beach, FL (222,000)
- Norfolk, VA (201,000)
- Boston, MA (172,000)
- Fort Lauderdale, FL (159,000)
- Hollywood, FL (130,000)
- Stockton, CA (126,000)
- Pembroke, FL (123,000)