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America's Endangered Coasts: Photographs from Texas to Maine
by John Ganis
with essays by Liz Wells and James E. Hansen

The first book of photography to explore what will be lost along America's Gulf and Atlantic Coasts.

America's Endangered Coasts: Photographs from Texas to Maine is a pioneering and thought-provoking photographic survey of coastal areas of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States that are already threatened by a rising sea. Using a topographic aesthetic that combines straightforward, highly detailed color photographs with GPS locations and elevations above sea level for each site, this book photographically responds to low-lying areas that are frequently over-developed and vulnerable to high tides and storms such as Hurricanes Katrina, Irene, and Sandy. This book contains 168 color photographs and two essays, one by Liz Wells, a prominent British writer who offers a photo/art perspective of the work, and one by Dr. James E. Hansen, based on his prophetic scientific understandings of the climate-change crisis and some ways to address it.

Current scientific projections conclusively show that the future of civilization along the world's coasts is at stake due to the climate-change crisis. According to the latest conservative projections, Earth's sea levels will rise by no less than three to five feet within a century and very possibly much more. This amount of sea-rise, compounded by hurricanes and storm surges, will threaten and make unsustainable large portions of the coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico, from Texas to Florida, and the Atlantic seaboard, from Florida to Maine. All coastal areas of the world, in fact, are at risk, since nearly half of the world' population lives along and near coastal regions.

America's Endangered Coasts promises to make an important contribution to the world of photographic art and to the public's awareness of climate change and its impact on everyday life. The book serves as both a warning of things to come and a photographic document of lasting historical value, since many areas that Ganis has photographed will be underwater by 2100. It is the first book of its kind to offer such comprehensive geographic coverage of representative areas along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts that are threatened now and in the future by a rising sea.

Watch a CNN preview (full length film includes an interview with James E. Hansen).


$50.00 U.S. (trade discount) No e-book has been authorized.
hardcover/PLC with jacket
232 pages with 168 color photographs by the author and six color maps
12.5" x 9.5" landscape/horizontal

ISBN 978-1-938086-43-4

Published in November 2016

Distributed by Casemate/IPM (U.S. and Canada)
No e-book has been authorized.

About the Author

Book Events & Exhibitions:
May 27-August 28, 2022
Iris BookCafe and Gallery
1331 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH
View the 20 images in the exhibition online.

May 15 - July 25, 2020
Troubled Waters exhibition
Take a Virtual Gallery Tour here.

April 8, 2017 at 4pm
Climate Change Panel Discussion with Andrew Bahrou, Mark Huston, David Pitts, and John Ganis

March 28, 2017 at 7pm
Artist's talk and book signing

March 18 through April 8, 2017
Exhibition: America's Endangered Coasts
9338 Campau Gallery, 9338 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck MI

Book Information Sheet (pdf)



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