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Coastline Paradox

June 2020 | By Timo Aho, Pekka Niittyvirta, in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture

A Map and Street View experiment visualising the actual and predicted global sea level rise caused by the climate crisis. All data and analysis provided by the artist.

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A climate data experiment as part of Heartbeat of the Earth.


The artists Timo Aho and Pekka Niittyvirta invite audiences to explore a world where sea levels rise and instability increases the further we advance into the future.


Using Google Street View and Google Maps, the artwork uses data from Climate Central and findings from the UN's IPCC report to visualise present and future sea level rise and simulates the migration caused by rising global temperatures.

Coastline Paradox is a continuation of their physical installation 'Lines' and combines multiple datasets, elevation models and 3d rendering to bring it to online audiences.

Scientific validation: IPCC Scientist Jouni A. Räisänen; Finnish Environment Institute Scientist Mikael Hilden


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