Rising Water Effects for Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro

Rising seas in Buenos Aires in Google EarthBack in April and May we saw some examples of using Google Earth’s time animation feature combined with 3D data to illustrate the approximate effects of rising sea levels on various locations. First we had some examples of the effect on New York City and also a fun example of what the Grand Canyon would look like if you filled it with water. Later, Leszek Pawlowicz – who authors the FreeGeographyTools blog – showed how to use some GIS tools to do a more accurate visualization of rising water on NYC.
Now, Gerardo Paz – who not only appears many times in GEB for his innovative visualizations, but also writes the spanish version of Google Earth Blog – has now produced some time animations showing the rising water effects on Buenos Aires, Argentina and another one for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . Once you load one, click on the right-arrow “Play” button next to the time slider in the upper center of GE to start the animation. As Gerardo notes in his post, the visualization relies on the 90 meter resolution of terrain from NASA which is used in Google Earth. The simulation is only approximate, but clearly a larger rise in water could have a devastating effect on these cities.
Other examples of work by Gerardo:

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. That certainly is creating a bit of waves in Buenos Aires

  2. It is nice to know many things about the Earth for fun, a big help to maintain the good ambiance of the globe.
    It can also help in preventing these harmful effects by informing the people in advance period of time. Earth in 3D would not only sell out but as well as be educative.

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