The rising seas threaten low-lying, flood-prone coastal areas around the world. The ramifications will rapidly ripple through all societies, and the methods and means that allow for a successful adaptation to sea level rise are largely local in nature. It will take cooperation – from the local to international levels – to efficiently develop and implement the policies and strategies necessary to address this threat to resources and security. In response, Florida International University (FIU) has launched the Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC).
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Ongoing research by FIU faculty and students examines the impact of sea level rise on Miami Dade County and its implications for all of South Florida. Working with research institutions across the state and around the world, FIU uses this wealth of knowledge to inform meaningful policy decisions and practical adaptation and mitigation strategies. Projections by FIU’s Dr. Peter Harlem show the impact of sea level changes on Miami Beach. This information is critical in understanding and planning for the future.
Arts & Sciences
The FIU College of Arts & Sciences’ Aquarius Reef Base allows for unprecedented monitoring of the effects of climate change on seagrass and coral reef ecosystems both of which are critical to the future of a planet with ever-rising temperatures.
Architecture + The Arts
Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century, an exhibit by the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts, combined stunning visuals with presentations on sea level rise and climate change.
Geographic Information Systems
The FIU Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center provides the tools to visualize and understand the complexity of sea level rise impacts beyond just the obvious flood impacts.
Journalism & Mass Communication
Faculty and students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication provide an “Eye on the Rise” website and application to help inform and engage the public on issues related to sea level rise.
The Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Program (FCE LTER), which has made ground-breaking discoveries in the dynamics of the complex South Florida ecosystem in response to sea level rise and Everglades restoration.
Engineering & Computing
The FIU College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) faculty is engaged research related to sea level rise impacts. Specifically, hurricane wind damage, prevention strategies and improved building standards are studied using the “Wall of Wind” facility.