November 5, 2012

What a Sandy type storm could do to Florida

Inside Climate News - For much of the Northeast, Hurricane Sandy was a harsh wake-up call to the extreme weather destruction that can be amplified by climate change. But Sandy's warning is also resonating in states further south along the Atlantic, which escaped the brunt of the storm but face equal, if not greater, risks from the combined effects of sea level rise and intense storms.

Florida is particularly vulnerable. A 2007 climate change study that mapped how a 9.8-foot sea level rise would affect New York City—maps eerily similar to the flooding from Sandy's 9-foot storm surge—also offered a look at how Florida would be affected. If anything, the images are even more chilling.

The scenarios for Florida are based on a sea level rise of roughly 3 to 7 feet. The coastal fringe of downtown Miami, where many of the city's luxury hotels are located, is covered in blue—the map's symbol for inundated land. Nearly all of Key West would be underwater, except for a few pockets of high ground including the area near Key West Cemetery. Fort Lauderdale would be flooded along most of its coast, as would downtown Tampa.

2 comments:

Uncle Goat said...

In the near future, when we no longer use the word "superstorm" since all the storms will be super-sized, we can sit back and look at how quickly our maps are going out of date. A coast line here, a city there, a delta or two, all underwater or debris filled ruins.
We can pride ourselves on our cleverness and look out over the tar sand pipelines and fracking wells in our neighborhoods and say "Thank god, we're so far inland away from all this disaster."

Anonymous said...

"Thank god, we're so far inland away from all this disaster."

Bang on target as per usual, Goat.

Unless we do something.