Here's What China Will Look Like if Sea Levels Rise 60m

By Ryan Kilpatrick, May 20, 2015

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has predicted that if the current trajectory of worldwide climate change and cryosphere melt continue unabated, the planet's sea levels will rise dramatically, submerging major population centers around the world. 

Although it may be centuries before this future is realized, cartographer Jeffrey Linn produced these maps for ChinaFile projecting what might happen to major cities along China's coast, which is home to 43 percent of the country's population.

In short, it does not look promising.

QINGDAO

Qingdao

Qingdao

SHANGHAI

Shanghai

HAIKOU, LEIZHOU and ZHANJIANG

Haikou

Haikou

HONG KONG and SHENZHEN

HK

HK

PEARL RIVER DELTA

PRD

PRD

TAIWAN

Taiwan

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[Images via ChinaFile]

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