The city of Miami, with its population of 430,000, is in serious danger of evacuation by the end of this century. This is also the case for the entire Miami-Dade County and its 2.7 million residents shown in this image. There are still new residential and commercial buildings in construction going on.
Even when those buildings are completed, the land underneath them would be completely underwater by the end of the century. The beautiful high-rises will be surrounded by a new type of ocean. Roads and parks will be long gone.
While the global-mean rise of sea levels is a little over 3mm, the annual rise for Miami Beach is triple that. It sounds small, but when it's combined with extremely high tides the water spills over the 2-6 feet elevation throughout the beach. This is currently what Miami Beach looks like today.
South of downtown Miami is the University of Miami, shown here. It has a great reputation in football and marine science. But by 2100, it will be pretty apparent which one will be the only one it might be known for.
Marlins Park is only a few blocks away from the Miami River. That means that decades from now when the river spills over into the city, the Florida Marlins will need a new stadium. The old one will be a pretty nice aquarium, though.
The general overflow of the Atlantic over Miami would be nothing short of devastating. When the eventual evacuation is over decades from now, this is what the city would look like. This is an estimate of a sea-level rise of 10-12 feet.
Officals are taking as many measures as possible. They have started work to fight the rise with an estimated cost of $20 billion dollars. This is to protect a risk of loss in Miami that has about $6 trillion dollar in assets.
But they have to consider how long Miami residents can take continuous or chronic flooding. This means 10 percent or more of a community's usable land flooding 26 times a year. This kind of flooding will be happening across the entire eastern seaboard as well.
But even with all the efforts put by Floridians, nothing might work. The beaches will disappear, the hotels and restaurants would close and people would move inland. With the stroke of one good hurricane after decades of rising waters (thanks to climate change), the city will drown.
What will become of the new Atlantis of the US? Will tourism patterns change with the new coastline? As the 22nd century begins and our cities collectively sink, we'll look back and remember how the old Miami looked like.