Sea Level Rise: What are we doing about it in Florida?

03/02/17

Florida is in the crosshairs of climate change. With a population crowded along the coastline of porous bedrock, combined with exposure to the occurrence of tropical storms  and resulting shore erosion aggravated by sea level rise, Florida has more real estate and people at risk than any other region in the country.

Overall, global warming causing sea level rise is making the odds of permanent inundation reaching vulnerable areas, including Port Everglades and Broward Health Medical Center, on par with the odds of losing at Russian roulette. Add to that increased flood occurrences along our hundreds of miles of waterways, designated as shallow coastal flooding areas.

Since 1983, sea levels in South Florida have risen nearly a foot. It’s time now, not later, to tackle sea level rise in South Florida. Our panel examines some solutions.

PANEL:

  • Samantha Danchuk, Asst Dir Environmental Planning & Community Resilience Division of Broward County
  • Colin Polsky, Dir. Florida Center for Environmental Studies, FAU
  • Jim Murley, Chief Resilience Officer, Miami-Dade County Regulatory & Economic Resources Department. 
  • Jeffrey Huber, AIA, NCARB, Architect and Assistant Professor, FAU

MODERATOR: Tony Abbate,  AIA,  NCARB,  Architect, Associate Provost and Professor, FAU

SPONSOR MARCH BREAKFAST:  Florida Atlantic University