09/11/2015 8:38 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

Striking Images Show How Rising Sea Levels Could Swallow Up Global Landmarks

Climate Central/ Nickolay Lamm

The Sydney Opera House could be about to experience a more extreme form of water frontage, according to climate projections on rising sea levels.

Climate Central has put together a set of stunning visuals showing the effects of just a two-degree and four-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures on sea levels, setting alarm bells ringing as various world icons disappear underwater.

The Opera Bar outside the Sydney Opera House would disappear almost entirely if global temperatures rose by four degrees, with just the tips of sun umbrellas poking out of the water.

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The fact your Friday afternoon, highly-Instagrammable #WorkDrinks are under threat should be more than enough to spur you into immediate action, but let's take a look at a few more projections.

Shanghai? Pretty well flooded.

Financial workers on Wall Street in New York City would find it hard to get to work.

Commuters and tourists in London, too, would have to trade in walking shoes for waders under the nightmare scenario.

And Durban? Well, Durban will almost completely disappear.

The images were created by visual artist Nickolay Lamm based on Climate Central’s sea level map data. Climate Central has also released a set of risk zones, or maps showing exactly which areas will be threatened by rising sea levels.

Climate Central said the projections were based on peer-reviewed research published on October 12 in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. The organisation is a collaboration between scientists and journalists, featuring board members from Princeton, Stanford and Yale universities, among others.

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