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Drown your town: what does your hometown look like with sea level rise?

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Andrew David Thaler (@SFriedScientist) took to Google Earth to visualize what 80 meters of sea level rise would look like. The real fun started when he opened up for requests on Twitter where anyone could submit their own city to sea level rise of their choosing using the hashtag #DrownYourTown.

Some of the more plausible scenarios (2 meters) are frightening for coastal cities, while other ridiculous scenarios (like 168 meters here in Austin, Texas…) are crazy. Here are some pics from #DrownYourTown. Apparently people really want to see what Oakland looks like under water.

David Wogan About the Author: An engineer and policy researcher who writes about energy, technology, and policy - and everything in between. Based in Austin, Texas. Comments? Follow on Twitter @davidwogan.

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