Boston’s receding shorelines: a glimpse into the future


Anna Ruth Halberstadt
Published on Jun 23, 2017

What will Boston look like by the year 2100? It depends on how much CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere. Watch as sea-level rise overtakes Boston’s shorelines this century. For a neat graphic showing CO2 and temperature: http://openclimatedata.net/climate-sp…
For more information about the gravitational influence of ice sheets on the oceans: http://sealevelstudy.org/sea-change-s…
and https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-re… (see FAQ 13.1; page 1148)
To read the Climate Ready Boston report: http://climateready.boston.gov
To see the effect of countries’ Paris agreement pledges on global temperature: http://climateactiontracker.org/
For a description of the data processing workflow used to create the flood maps: https://coast.noaa.gov/data/digitalco…
Data sources:
– NOAA Office for Coastal Management (MHHW)
– MassGIS (LiDAR Terrain Data, 2013-2014 Sandy)
– MassGIS (USGS Color Ortho Imagery, 2013/2014)
– BostonOpenData (City of Boston building dataset)
– Alder & Hostetler, 2013 (USGS National Climate Change Viewer)

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