Monday, April 19, 2010

Human Tide Line to mark sea-level rise in Stamford

By Wynne Parry, Staff Writer,  From: newstimes

STAMFORD -- On Saturday a potentially devastating effect of global warming will be put in human terms. The environmental education group SoundWaters and project organizer Monica Maye are inviting community members to Cove Island to form a Human Tide Line marking where the Long Island Sound will come to rest if global warming causes sea levels to rise by 3 feet.

A Geographic Information Systems technician with the city used elevation mapping data from Cove Island to determine how much of the city park would be underwater. In this hypothetical scenario, the water would encroach on the island's shores and flood parts of its interior.

Maye, a Stamford resident, organized the project, which she said she intended as a wake-up call and an opportunity for empowerment. "It just seemed global warming isn't real to most of us," she said. "It's very hard to understand the magnitude of the issue, we get so caught up with our daily lives."

The 3-foot mark is a worst-case scenario representing what could happen if people fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stop global warming, according to Maye. On Saturday afternoon, the tide line will begin forming in front of SoundWaters Coastal Center located on the north side of the park. Volunteers will join hands to mark the hypothetical water line.