Ever feel like your Seattle neighborhood is an island unto itself? Jeffrey Linn, a campus planner at the University of Washington, did you one better. He actually made it happen.
This map is based on real-world information—I created the Seattle sea levels from publicly-available LiDAR data, rendering the rise of the seas in 10-foot increments for the animation, starting at the current shoreline, and ending with the 240-foot level. The Islands of Seattle poster was rendered at 240 feet of rise, which is roughly what would happen if all the world's ice sheets melted. Goodbye South Lake Union and Fremont, hello Capitol Island, Wedgwood Peninsula, Phinney Peninsula, Queen Anne Island and Beacon Island. You also get to know new bodies of water such as Bay of Ballard, Union Narrows and Denny Reef. It's fascinating and, knowing what's going on in the world, just a wee bit disturbing.