Striking images illustrate Caribbean impacts of sea level rise

Sea level rise projections for Kingston, Jamaica. Image: Nickolay Lamm for Climate Central
Climate Change

Via Climate Central, a series of science-based illustrations that demonstrate the impact that rising sea levels, resulting from climate change, could have on Caribbean cities:

According to Climate Central:

The first image in each pair … shows projections of post-2100 sea level rise that could be locked in following 4°C (7.2°F) of warming from carbon pollution. This pathway corresponds roughly to business as usual. The second image in each pair shows projections based on 2°C (3.6°F) of warming, corresponding to the upper limit target named in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

Agreement implementation will determine which of these two scenarios the future looks like most.

The projections behind these images come from peer-reviewed research, and a special report describes how these findings are translated into global maps, viewable at Mapping Choices. Maps and imagery for the Caribbean are based on Climate Central’s CoastalDEM™ version 1.1, a special high-accuracy elevation dataset that improves over the data originally used.

Learn more, and see similar images for other global locations, at the Climate Central website.

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