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Map Shows States Most Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise

Terrell Johnson
Published: June 25, 2013

In a warming world with rising sea levels, where will be the least vulnerable places to live?

Elevation is the factor that will make the difference in determining which areas across the U.S. remain intact and which will one day be swallowed up by the ocean. Realizing that, MIT professor Michael Scott Cuthbert teamed up with designer Nate Barksdale to create a map (shown below) of the volume of area above sea level in each state today.

As you can see in the image of the map below, the high-elevation states across the West and Midwest fare best, while the future of the comparatively lower-elevation states in the Southeast and Northeast (especially in New England) is a far less rosy one.

How does your home state fare? Take a look below or see the full-size map on Facebook.

Map of U.S. states above sea level, by volume

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