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Thinking About New York City With Permanent Flooding

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While the record storm surge?more than 13 feet in some places?has receded, the flooding and damage to New York's infrastructure has got a lot of people talking about a future with permanent high waters. Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg have both noted the role of climate change in the storm, and dozens of studies over the years have examined how rising sea levels could affect New York. The Atlantic has some interesting maps created with NASA data that show how New York's landscape could change with a 13-foot water rise, which scientists say could happen by 2200. Huge swaths of Queens and Staten Island would be underwater, along with a significant amount of waterfront in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The Atlantic's maps were prompted by Google's Sandy Superstorm map, which mapped storm surges and tracked power outages, evacuation shelters, public alerts, and much more. Above, is an image of the storm surge prediction map, with purple areas being those that had a 100 percent chance of a six-foot storm surge, which was less than half of what was recorded in some places.

The Google map shows more than a dozen factors of the storm effects, using data from a variety of sources, so we highly recommend clicking through and playing around. It's a pretty great source of information.
· What Would New York Look Like If the Storm Surge Was Permanent? [The Atlantic]
· Google Superstorm Sandy crisis map [Google]