Animated flooding in London

Earlier this year, we showed you the creative method that Richard Treves developed to simulate a 100m rise in sea level in London.
He’s back now with an updated file that generates some slick animations to fly you to London and to animate the rising water. You can read about it on his blog, and try it yourself with this KMZ file.


Making it even better is all of the additional 3D buildings that have been added to London this year, making things look much more realistic and helping to show the depth of the water (the 3D trees don’t hurt either).
Be sure to check out
Google Earth Design for details on how this file works. Great job, Rich!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Richard Treves says:

    Thanks! Kudos to the Sean Askay of Google who showcased what animated update can do at the Google IO conference. I got interested when I watched the video and realized the potential.

  2. Not sure what purpose a demo of a simulated rise of 100m in sea level in London serves, except to show that very little of the city would be left, with an average elevation of c.25m and little land over 100m except on the southern fringes of Greater London which include part of the North Downs hills, al of which you can see on a regular topographical map.
    The biggest and fairly imminent risk to London exists in the widespread areas now below extreme high tide/storm surge level, and the risk that the Thames flood
    barrier may fail to give protection. Hence a simulation of only a few metres of rising water is needed, probably without 3D buildings and trees getting in the way.

  3. after read it, let me think something about the film “The Day After Tomorrow”and the “2012”

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