An artist has created realistic renderings of what several high profile U.S. cities and landmarks will look like five centuries from now, if sea levels rise as predicted. Nickolay Lamm, an artist and researcher who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, created images of major locations and landmarks in Boston, Miami, New York City and Washington, D.C.
Lamm said he was inspired by a similar piece in The New York Times, which charted potential sea level rise using aerial maps. Both Lamm and The Times were working off data that predict a sea level rise of 25 feet in the next four or five centuries.
Lamm created his final images using stock photos, which he then located using Google Earth and “flooded” using topographical maps paired with high and low tide information. Each scene took between five and 15 hours to create.
“I’m worried that climate change is one of those issues which we start taking seriously only when it’s late,” Lamm told The Huffington Post in an email. “My illustrations are as accurate as the sea level rise maps that they are based on. The illustrations depict sea level rise at low and medium tide whereas the maps depict it at high tide. Before these illustrations were made, I had no idea what sea level rise would look like in real life.”