Climate Science Support to Stakeholders

South Florida Region, Florida (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami Dade, and Monroe counties)
Submitted by:
Jayantha Obeysekera
Sea Level Solutions Center, FIU, Miami. Director
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Project Description

Southeast Florida is already experiencing effects of rising sea levels, and in general, climate change. Environmental shocks and stresses have been predicted to increase both in terms of magnitude and frequency, and the resiliency programs in the region desire how evolving science should be used in planning of adaptation strategies. The Sea Level Solutions Center in the Institute of Environment at the Florida International University has been assisting local and regional governments, the nongovernmental organizations, and the general public to translate science for making planning decisions. Key research topics at the center include but are not limited to the prediction of flooding, understanding land-ocean interaction, smart and connected monitoring, regional water management, sea level rise projections, and understanding cascading impacts of hazards, and economic assessment. Citizen science is a major component of our project. The center is assisting the Florida Building Commission and the Florida Department of Transportation by conducting modeling to recommend how the planning and design guidance should be altered to address rising sea levels and changing rainfall. The center is also active in Everglades Research.

Key Successes

Development of SLR guidance document for stakeholders (Committee chair)
Modeling for Florida Building Commission
NOAA project for understanding cascading effects of hazards
Applying Dynamic Adaptive Pathways for Resiliency Planning
Citizen Science


Assisting stakeholders how to deal with deep uncertainty in investment decisinos
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