IGN 22-4 - Raising with the rise: Socioecological responses to sea-level rise in South Florida

Friday, August 11, 2017
C123, Oregon Convention Center
John Kominoski1, Evelyn Gaiser2, Kevin Grove3, Marc Healy4, Rinku Roy Chowdhury4, Matthew Smith5 and Tiffany G. Troxler6, (1)Florida International University, FL, (2)Department of Biology, Florida International University, Miami, FL, (3)Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University, Miami, FL, (4)Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA, (5)Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL, (6)Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Sea levels are rising rapidly in low-lying coastal regions, and South Florida is vulnerable. Infrastructure and ecosystems are threatened by coastal and urban flooding, and freshwater resources are at risk from saltwater intrusion. We are raising with the rise, in some ways risky and some ways wise. Raising awareness about sea-level rise, raises concerns about what may arise. Raising streets on Miami Beach to drain floodwaters, raising freshwater flows to restore Everglades waters. Rising real estate where waters are rising, raises eyes. As we raise the city and restore pride, will we raise our heads to see the rising tide?