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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Scientists have created an interactive map that shows how parts of Illinois may be swallowed up by Lake Michigan as climate change bites.



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... The Great Lakes in the Midwest comprise the largest unfrozen freshwater stores on Earth, but experts have forecast that rising water levels could have serious consequences.

More than 30 million people live along the lakes' roughly 4,500 miles of coastline, which stretches across the U.S. and Canada, and touches upon the cities of Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo, New York. That means millions of families could be hit hard by new, higher water levels, which could potentially wash away homes and jobs in the surrounding areas in the future. ...

Lake Michigan, which is bordered by Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan, is shown with a current Low Water Datum (LWD) level of 1.90 feet, with a high LWD of 4.92 feet. But if that level is raised to a LWD level of 10 feet"the worst scenario possible on the interactive map"the effects would be catastrophic.

Much of South Chicago is flooded, along with a huge swathe of the East Side. Whole neighborhoods are submerged underwater, with the newly-flooded areas heading as far inland as Marian R. Byrnes Park and the Chicago Bureau of Sanitation. Lawrence Elementary School would also have been lost to the lake. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-14 12:30 AM | Reply

IF, could be, maybe, possible.....

Wake me when it IS underwater.

#2 | Posted by boaz at 2024-04-15 07:04 PM | Reply

@#2 ... IF, could be, maybe, possible.....

Wake me when it IS underwater. ...

By then it would be too late.

Or do you not want to solve problems until they overwhelm you? If that's your view, then OK. Denying, but OK because it is your opinion.

But there are others who try to resolve problems before they become overwhelming, and may even want to attempt to prevent the problems from occurring in the first place.

A tangential example, but one that had been important to me...

(fwiw, SDLC = Software Development Life Cycle, that is, the process of developing software)

The Cost of Finding Bugs Later in the SDLC

... The cost of identifying and correcting defects in software grows significantly as time goes on in the software development process.

Fixing bugs that are discovered after the software has been released can be extremely expensive and risky, generally costing significantly more than fixing them at earlier stages. Making changes to the code to fix a bug can also impact the functionality of the application, which may require additional changes to be made, increasing the cost, time, and effort required.

The graph below [worth viewing - LL], provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), illustrates how the effort required to identify and fix defects increases as software progresses through the five broad phases of development. ...

Cost of Defects - in Software development life cycle

According to the Systems Sciences Institute at IBM, the cost to fix a bug found during implementation is about six times higher than one identified during design. The cost to fix an error found after product release is then four to five times as much as one uncovered during design, and up to 100 times more than one identified during the maintenance phase.

In other words, the cost of a bug grows exponentially as the software progresses through the SDLC. ...

In other words, the earlier a process identifies and resolves a problem, the less the cost to resolve the problem. So, yeah, wait until the ocean inundates people due to climate change before trying to resolve the problem.

(if anyone's interested there's Boris Beizer's view of quality assurance. An interesting view. I'll post it, just ask, as I don't want to bore you more than I may have with software stuff...)

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-15 07:41 PM | Reply

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