A global warming awareness group is using data from new papers and a unique approach to help spread awareness of the risks tied with sea level rise.
Climate Central created a website that combines detailed map data with a Google Maps-style interface to make it easier to explore where the biggest risks are.
Show above is downtown Beaufort and, namely, how much of the Point stands a good risk at being submerged at least once by 2020 — or, more specifically, the non-white areas have at least 1-in-6 chance of being underwater at least once by 2020 thanks to the combined effects of sea level rise, tides, and storm surges.
By 2100 the report gives our are a 1-in-6 chance of seeing a rise at least once of more than 10 feet — something that would easily swallow much of Lady's Island, Mossy Oaks, old Port Royal, and much of the surrounding Sea Islands.
Not included in the study are the effects of a major hurricane that could easily swell several more feet.
Sea level rise is nothing new to the Lowcountry, and we've long heard about the risks it brings.