Light shows on the Irish coast show sea level rise due to climate change

Light shows at coastal locations across the country will highlight where rising sea levels will arrive with climate change unabated.

The science-meets-art project was installed at the Spanish Arch in Galway but will also be replicated at Wexford Harbour, the Martello Tower in Blackrock, Dublin and the Balbriggan Lighthouse in the coming months.

Lines of light projected onto buildings and walls show the predicted rise in sea level based on the latest scientific findings.

The idea, says David Dodd of Dublin CARO (Climate Action Regional Office), is to raise public awareness of the effects of climate change and get them to help “lower the line”.

Galway’s famous Spanish Arch, which was lit for the first time on Wednesday night, has a line 1.9 meters high – the predicted storm surge height is based on a one meter rise in sea level.

That is projected global sea level rise in less than 80 years if current high greenhouse gas emissions continue.

A 1.9m storm surge would inundate almost all of Galway city and its coastal suburbs.

The project, called Línte na Farraige, is a collaboration between scholars from Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University, CAROs across the country and visual artists.

It is funded under the Creative Ireland program which promotes “creative climate action”.

dr Zoe Roseby of the Trinity School of Natural Sciences said the goal is to create a visual interpretation of the scientific facts in the most public way possible.

“We chose to place these prominent installations in places of local importance to encourage cohesion and action between communities,” she said.

“The goal of the project is to provoke a dialogue about sea level rise and show that the future is still in our hands, as the rate and magnitude of future sea level rise largely depend on our greenhouse gas emissions.”

The solar-powered light installations were designed by Finnish artists Timo Aho and Pekka Nittyvirta, who have worked on similar projects in Scotland, Finland and Florida.

A website, www.lintenafarraige.comexplains the project, reports on the expansion to the other locations and provides information on how people can get involved in climate protection.

https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/light-displays-around-irish-coast-highlight-sea-level-rise-due-to-climate-change-42026426.html Light shows on the Irish coast show sea level rise due to climate change

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