The Science

HighWaterLine uses art to help communities visualize the effects of climate change in their regions, spark conversations and ideally solutions. HighWaterLine does this by using art as an innovative tool to visualize otherwise hard to grasp scientific climate data.

Since climate change impacts regions differently, HighWaterLine invites local communities to adapt HighWaterLine to their local regions. The criteria uniting the diverse HighWaterLines is that all the art is grounded in sound scientific data. The overarching vision of HighWaterLine is to use art to visualize this otherwise hard to grasp climate change information.

When Eve first created the HighWaterLine in NYC in 2007, she used the Metro East Coast Assessment which repeatedly pointed out how climate change would create more frequent storms in areas ten feet above sea level. Prophetically, much of the area she demarcated in 2007 was hit in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy.

Since Miami is the most climate vulnerable coastal city in the United States, communities realizing HighWaterLine in Miami in 2013 are examining how sea level rise and extreme storm surges will impact their greater community. HighWaterLine | Miami is basing its 26 mile art piece on the various levels of sea level rise calculated Climate Central.

With the acceleration of global warming and the unprecedented melting of land ice (glaciers, ice caps & ice sheets), many other global communities might also find themselves using HighWaterLine to illustrate how sea level rise and extreme storm surges will impact them. However every place is different. For example, for  HighWaterLine | Philadelphia, flooding is intense in only a few neighborhoods and so their emphasis will be different. HighWaterLine | London is currently deep in the throes of researching their own unique approach.

Each HighWaterLine project will focus on its own specific issues related to water. In each case the community undertaking the project will conduct the research to identify the best science that illuminates how they will be impacted locally by climate change. They all however, are united by using new creative ways to bring to life scientific data.

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