Can Floating Cities Address Climate Change?

Given that the winds of political change are now blowing back in the direction of ignoring the issue of climate change, an interesting potential concept to address the most affected areas is gaining a stronger foothold. It deals with the idea of establishing floating cities, which has been developed by DeltaSync, a design firm named that’s based in San Francisco.

This concept has been worked on for the past five years and forged by a non-profit organization known as the Seasteading Institute. Each city would be located on a platform made of concrete, which would allow them to be viable for over a century. They would literally float on the water just off the coast of a host nation, with anywhere from 250 to 300 people living on it at a time.

This would allow for a plan of attack against the likelihood of increased sea levels, since each increase would simply raise the level of the city. This protection is considered much more economically-sound than to invest money in additional levies or other approaches to dealing with yearly floods.

From an official standpoint, the Institute is currently marketing this possibility as more of a libertarian-style way to assess such things as new forms of government and approaches to agriculture. Yet one of the first governments to look into the idea is French Polynesia in the South Pacific, an area that could very well be one of the early victims once the issue of climate change becomes more serious.

Like any new approach, the economics will likely determine if this becomes viable. The earliest cities, if they even come to pass, will be prohibitively expensive to build. The hope is that the popularity of the idea grows, with each new city that’s built being less costly to construct.