Seattle cartographer Jeffery Linn wants to introduce you to the Hollywood Landing, Miracle Mire, Drowney, Topanga Lagoon, and Knott’s Oyster Farm. This is Southern California after an imagined maximum sea level rise caused by global warming, where the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills become prime coastal real estate, and most of the Los Angeles basin disappears into shallow waters. Linn’s map shows what would happen with a predicted 215′ of sea level rise.
He’s created ten other maps: San Diego, the Coachella Valley, Asia, Boston, Seattle, Portland, New York, Vancouver, Montreal, and London, with more in the works (Linn says he hopes to reimagine the whole globe). The original map were done using data from the USGS, representing an estimated maximum sea level rise of about 260′, then redone again with more accurate data sourced from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Estimates [right].
Linn says, “These maps are an extreme scenario, and it would probably happen thousands of years in the future. I think that the real damage comes long before this extreme final point…I hope that the dramatic nature of these maps, and sort of the humorous take on things might get into the minds of more people than might otherwise think about this”