A deep-sea biologist and novelist used Google Earth to predict what major US cities would look like if sea levels rose to unprecedented levels and found some scary results.
Using geological software and Google Earth, Andrew David Thaler posted his projections on the blog, Southern Fried Science. He focused on major cities experiencing catastrophic flooding from 80 to 168 meters for the blog, but then opened the floodgates by accepting requests for projection from around Twitter, using the hashtag #DrownYourTown.
In the projection, most of the Naval Academy is underwater, as is much of City Dock, and the local marina.
Thaler wrote that he was doing these projections as research for his dystopian novel Fleet: The Reach, where the Earth has undergone an 80-meter sea rise.
He updated his blog after the concept took off, noting that these are merely projections, and should not be used for real estate purposes.
"They are not validated and there are many variables that influence sea level rise which are not taken into account. This is a fun way to visualize potential sea level rise but it would be inadvisable to use it for real estate speculation," Thaler wrote.