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Sea Level Deluxe for NASA World Wind

During the history of the Earth, sea levels have varied dramatically from present conditions. During the peak of the last ice age 18,000-20,000 years ago, sea level is estimated to have been about 120 meters (400 feet) lower than it is now. If the vast ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica were to melt completely, sea level would rise approximately 80 meters (260 feet) higher than the current value.

Today's concerns about rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere and the resulting warming of the world are tied closely to rises in the height of the oceans. In the past, higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels correlated to elevated global temperatures. Temperature changes of only a few degrees have resulted in dramatic expansion and shrinkage of polar ice and glaciers, leading to pronounced sea level changes.

Sea Level Deluxe for World Wind allows you to explore the range of sea levels from distant prehistory to potential future scenarios. It is a greatly expanded version of the popular free Sea Level Standard add-on. It contains many added new features, including higher resolution, more maps, contours, flood zones and at-risk cities.



Sea Level Deluxe includes almost 3 GB of shaded relief maps of sea levels at 10 meter intervals from 80 meters above to 120 meters below the current position (1). These maps are based on the best available global bathymetry datasets and all have a maximum resolution of approximately 2 km (1.25 miles, or 1 arc min). Elevations from -11,000 to 9,000 meters (-35,000 to 30,000 feet) are displayed.


Sea Level Deluxe also displays contour lines of all the sea levels to match the relief maps at 10 meter intervals from 80 meters above to 120 meters below the current position (2). The contours may be combined with the relief maps and other layers or overlayed on existing World Wind image layers.

Flood Zones

Sea Level Deluxe also provides maps of coastal flood zones for land areas 5 meters and 10 meters above present-day sea level. These masks facilitate the identification of locations that are at greatest risk of inundation by rising oceans and are susceptible to storm surges, flooding and tidal effects.

Low-Lying Cities

Sea Level Deluxe includes labels and a variety of icons for low-lying and coastal cities. Over half of the world's cities with one million or more residents lie less than 80 meters above sea level. The low-lying city component contains the geographic locations and brief descriptions of these cities. They may be displayed as names, icons or flags.


A simple, high resolution political map and a set of vector-based international borders are also included for ease of use and to expand the map making options available. Sea Level Deluxe layers may be combined with the default World Wind layers, plugins and other compatible features as desired.

System Requirements
- NASA World Wind v1.3.5 or Later
- 2.9 GB Hard Drive Space
- DVD-ROM Drive

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1.  Specifically, shaded relief maps are included for:

- Present day sea level
- 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 meters above current sea level
- 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100 and 120 meters below current sea level

2.  Contours are included for all of the same sea levels as the relief maps.

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Some Example Maps
from Sea Level Deluxe
Asia-America Land Bridge ~18,000 years ago
The Asia-America Land Bridge
during the last Ice Age.

5 and 10 meter flood zones
Flood-prone land areas along the
Gulf Coast of the United States.

Topography of Bangladesh with Contours
Shaded relief map of
Bangladesh with contours.

Rising sea level in Northern Europe
Maps of rising sea level
in Northern Europe.

Sea level rise in the Amazon Basin
Result of an 80 meter sea level
rise in the Amazon Basin.

Ancient sea level in the Yellow Sea
Maps of ancient lower sea
levels in the Yellow Sea.

Political map with low-lying cities
Low-lying cities in Western
India and Pakistan.

Sea Level Deluxe contours with other layers
Sea Level Deluxe with World
Wind default imagery.