What U.S. cities will look like with sea level rise, according to scientific projection

– Climate Central, an organization of scientists and journalists, released the "Picturing Our Future" project, illustrating the potential effects of rising sea levels due to climate change.

– The project shows cities and monuments under two scenarios: a 1.5-degree Celsius warming and a 3-degree Celsius warming compared to pre-industrial levels.

– The images highlight the drastic changes in coastal and inland communities, emphasizing that rivers also rise with oceans, affecting various locations.

– The projections are based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, indicating that the world may surpass the crucial 1.5-degree threshold in the early 2030s.

– The timeframes for these changes are multi-century scenarios, as it takes time for polar ice to melt and oceans to expand with rising temperatures.

– The images aim to make the impact of sea level rise tangible and personal, bringing the effects of climate change to a local level.

– While the exact timing of the depicted scenarios is uncertain, scientists are confident in the outcomes and the eventual equilibrium points.

– The science behind the projections involves analyzing sea level rise, forecasting coastal flooding, and creating digital elevation models to understand the impact of flooding.

– The project seeks to help people understand the reality of rising seas and their potential impact on familiar places, making the concept of climate change more relatable.