Kate MacMillin’s Multimedia Production I and Writing for TV students were in for a treat last semester when, instead of following the typical curriculum for these classes, they were told they would be producing mini-documentaries about sea level rise issues affecting South Florida. Originally, the students’ mini-documentaries, some of them 3- to 5-minutes long, were produced as part the class requirement. Now, most of them will be featured as part of a 30-minute documentary that will air on prime time in April on WPBT2 (Ch. 2), the local PBS affiliate. They will also be uploaded to the channel’s YouTube account as a special series, “Sea Level Rise Impact: An FIU/SJMC Series,” in mid-February. More information >>
“Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century” is the culmination of three years of research and design work by graduate students and faculty. It reimagines Miami in the next century and the changes that could be made to the city and its infrastructure to minimize damage from rising sea levels.
The exhibit combines 3-dimensional models of buildings, canals and roads; maps and illustrations of where flooding could occur; and video and computer-generated graphics to create a vision of what Miami could do to adapt in the future. More information >>
The City of Miami Beach is throwing a year-long birthday bash and FIU is getting in on the party.
As part of an expansive partnership with the city that began last year, FIU will host numerous events in conjunction with the 100thanniversary of Miami Beach, a city of just seven square miles that was incorporated on March 26, 1915.
Though the celebration runs all year, the major centennial events will be held March 22-26, including a performance by the FIU Symphonyand Concert Choir at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on March 25. More information >>
Within the next century, most of Miami-Dade County is projected to be underwater. Architecture students from Florida International University are studying possible changes to the county’s landscape if the sea level rises, as many experts predict.
Fifty high school students from MAST @ FIU broke up into groups to collect water samples at 12 different monitoring stations along the west coast of the South Beach area on Oct. 9. Their study was part of FIU’s efforts to raise awareness and study sea level rise on King Tide Day, the day each year when tides often lead to massive flooding in Miami Beach and other parts of South Florida.
While the streets remained mostly dry thanks to the success of Miami Beach’s newly-installed pump system, MAST @ FIU students were able to collect water samples from the water being pumped back into the bay for experimentation. More information >>
FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) has a new director Todd Crowl, who has plans to expand the center’s research, education and community engagement initiatives with sea level rise at the top of his priority list.
For more than two decades, SERC has focused on South Florida’s most threatened environments including the Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Keys and other important areas. With more than a dozen researchers at FIU studying the science, politics, economics and tourism implications of sea level rise, an enhanced focus at SERC could have long-term implications for all of Florida. More information >>
Miami could know as early as 2020 how high sea levels will rise into the next century, according to a team of international researchers including FIU Earth and Environment Professor Rene Price.
Sea level rise is one of the most certain consequences of climate change. But the speed and long-term height of the rise is one of the great scientific unknowns. Some scientists believe sea level rise is accelerating, some suggest the rate is holding steady, while others are saying it’s actually decelerating. More information >>