An unforgettable, beautifully rendered illustration of the threat of rising sea levels around the world Spurred by manmade climate change, the seas are rising, oceans are acidifying, ice is melting, coasts are flooding, species are dying, and communities are faltering. Despite these dire circumstances, most people don't have a clear sense of what is at risk and what is possible for the future. Christina Conklin and Marina Psaros explore these themes in The Atlas of Disappearing Places. Through storytelling, data analysis, and beautifully rendered images that use a unique ink-on-dried-seaweed technique, the book depicts twenty locations across the globe, from Shanghai to Houston, that face existential threat from global warming's effects on our coasts and oceans. This work considers not only the serious consequences of changing chemistry, warming waters, strengthening storms, and rising seas, but also what can be done – from government policies to grassroots activism – to mitigate the impacts. A unique work of art and an indispensable resource for readers to learn more about the devastating consequences of the climate crisis as well as positive stories of action, The Atlas of Disappearing Places of Disappearing Places is sure to inform and engage readers on the most pressing issue of our time.
Christina Conklin is an artist, researcher, and writer whose work investigates individual, cultural, and climatic transformation, often using the ocean as both site and metaphor. After receiving the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, she spent twenty years as a textile artist, both in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco. She has written for national and international textile art magazines, and her award-winning sculptures and installations have exhibited in many West Coast galleries and universities. Christina lives in Half Moon Bay, California, with her husband and two children.
Marina Psaros is a science and communications expert, working in the field of climate change adaptation. She is the co-founder of the King Tides Project, an international citizen science effort to document sea level rise, and the creator of YESS, an educational program in California which empowers high school students to engage directly in sea-level rise science and policy in their own communities. Marina has worked in the public and private sector on coastal climate change adaptation in California, Massachusetts, and Germany for over a decade.