Atlantic City Map Matrix
The matrices below shows mapped visualizations of predicted flooding from surge for observed climate conditions (1980-1999) and future scenarios in the periods 2020-2029, 2050-2059, and 2080-2099. For each of these time periods, probabilistic flooding is shown for the 1-year, 100-year, 500-year and 2500-year storm events. These storm events respectively correspond to a 100, 40, 10 and 2 percent probability of exceedance in a fifty-year time period. Surge risk analyses were statistically derived from synthetic storms by the SCR science and engineering team at Princeton University, led by Ning Lin. The flood levels shown include surge, tide, and sea level rise distributions, statistically combined.
The Amphibious Suburb is an alternative to the binary extremes of fortification and retreat which anticipates continued human settlement by embracing water and the ecological, economic, resilient benefits of wetlands. In these maps, phased implementation is seen at the scale of the back bay neighborhood Chelsea Heights. The introduction of elevated roads would function as protective edges – “berms with benefits” – throughout the neighborhood. These barriers are strategically designed to allow water to penetrate them at specific points and encourage the migration of wetlands. This controlled permeability, in concert with a reduction of hardscape and lifting of individual homes, would allow for its slow transformation into wetland condition which continues to support, and perhaps enhance, suburban inhabitation. During storm events, these barriers work to reduce damage, provide evacuation, and allow for flood waters to drain effectively.
1980 - 1999
2020 - 2029
2050 - 2059
2080 - 2099
Chelsea Heights Map Matrix
The matrix below shows the extent of the Chelsea Heights neighborhood and test site for the Amphibious Suburb.