Miami Beach Partnership – Centennial, Sea Level rise and More

downtownThe 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 >>

FIU students seek flooding solutions for sea level rise in Miami-Dade County

MIami_2100_13Within 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.

FIU professors Marta Canavés and Marilys Nepomechie worked with students for three years to research sea level rise projections at three, four and six feet, and created models and proposals to keep existing city infrastructure and neighborhoods habitable. The models, designs and collected data are on display at the new Coral Gables Museum exhibit through March 1. More information>>

MAST@FIU students team up to raise awareness about sea level rise

mast-students-eyes-on-riseFifty 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 >>

Todd Crowl to lead FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center, focus on sea level rise

CrowlFIU’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 >>

Long-term predictions for Miami sea level rise could come soon

Miami_skylineMiami 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 >>

Professors win national journalism education grant to continue studies on sea level rise

Sea-level-riseProfessors Robert E. Gutsche, Jr., Susan Jacobson, Kate MacMillin and Juliet Pinto from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication(SJMC) were recently awarded a 2014-15 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant to conduct community-engaged journalism about the threats of sea level rise in South Florida.

Their proposal focused on using public data feeds, public media, “crowd hydrology,” and student-led journalism to conduct a public campaign that informs and engages South Florida residents on the impacts of sea level rise on their neighborhoods. The team, one of 12 selected from 125, received a $35,000 grant to seed their project. More information >>