Concerned residents, experts discuss climate change and sea level rise in South Florida

From left, Caroline Lewis, Mitchell Chester, Tiffany Troxler, Abel Fernandez and Dr. Juliet Pinto participate in a panel discussion about climate change and its effects on the environment Nov. 11 at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Christian Portilla - A group of concerned residents and environmental experts recently gathered at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for a screening of South Florida’s Rising Seas Impact. The documentary produced by professors and journalism students at Florida International University highlights the dangers of climate change and how it affects South Florida.

Caroline Lewis, Mitchell Chester, Tiffany Troxler, Abel Fernandez and Juliet Pinto (featured in photo, left-to-right) participated in a panel discussion about climate change and its effects on the inhabitants of South Florida.


CLIMA-FrontpostcardMayor Carlos Hernandez and the City Council are proud to present CLIMA – a solo art exhibit by Xavier Cortada addressing sea level rise and global climate change, which will run from November 30, 2015 through January 29, 2016 at the Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment in Hialeah, FL.

The CLIMA exhibit is presented by the City of Hialeah in partnership with Florida International University Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC), Florida International University College of Arts & Sciences School of Environment, Society and the Arts (SEAS), the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy –with special acknowledgement of the support from the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

SLSC discusses sea level rise at 2015 NAML Biennial

2015 NAML Meeting, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, FL(1)

The National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML) held its 2015 Biennial meeting at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch, in Ft. Pierce, Florida. The event included a Mini-Symposium on Sea Level Rise, which discussed the issue of communicating sea level rise to the public, as well as to local and regional governments, and how to move forward with solutions-oriented action. Among the featured presenters, Sea Level Solutions Center Director Tiffany Troxler discussed the work of the newly-launched Center and its commitment to addressing the threats of sea level rise and saltwater intrusion, focusing on South Florida’s urban water supply and the Everglades.

Gore tweaks Legislature on sea level mitigation

a-Al Gore_0MIAMI — One day after he blasted Governor Rick Scott and Florida’s power companies, former vice president Al Gore criticized the Florida Legislature for not taking steps to mitigate rising sea levels. At the Climate Reality Conference in Miami, Gore led a panel discussion that included some dire predictions about how sea levels might rise.

“Recent government projections show about two feet by 2040 to 2050, and from four to six feet by 2100.” said Dr. Tiffany Troxler, director of the Florida International University Sea Level Solutions Center. Troxler said the sea level rise is directly correlated to rising temperatures and the melting of land-ice. She continued that the number of “nuisance flooding events” or “sunny day floods” would increase for urban coastal communities in the next few decades, on a day when such a “sunny day flood” inundated parts of South Beach and downtown Miami neighborhoods near the Miami River Tuesday. Read more here >>

SLSC Director discusses climate change with Al Gore at Climate Summit

Tiffany CRL panelSLSC Director Tiffany Troxler discussed climate change causes and impacts with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, during the three-day Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Miami. As one of the speakers of the training program, Dr. Troxler gave insight on the causes and effects of global greenhouse gases, as well as alternative sources of energy and solutions to sea level rise.

She was one of 1,200 climate change leaders, including FIU faculty, staff and students, representing more than 80 countries throughout the world who attended the training event headed by former VP Gore. The workshop, hosted by FIU and The Climate Reality Project, offered training in climate science, communications and grassroots organizing to tell the story of climate change and how to inspire communities to take action. More information >>

FIU SLSC, FEMA partner to build climate change resiliency

FEMATo build climate change resiliency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) partnered with FIU to provide local community leaders with the knowledge and tools to assess and improve their capabilities to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from climate impacts, including sea level rise, drought and wildfires, heatwaves, floods, powerful storms and other hazards.

FEMA’s National Exercise Division and FIU’s Sea Level Solutions Center and Southeast Environmental Research Center hosted a seminar Sept. 21-22 that brought together public, private and nonprofit sector decision makers from Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The White House named FIU as the host for the pilot seminar earlier this summer. It will set the stage for building a sustainable, “Climate Adaptation, Preparedness and Resilience Seminar” program across the country. More information >>

Sea Level Solutions Center Launches

Miami 2100 ModelWith rising seas threatening coastal communities all across the world, FIU has launched the Sea Level Solutions Center to help people understand, adapt and persevere. FIU ecologist Tiffany Troxler will serve as director.

The center combines expertise in the natural, physical and social sciences, along with architecture, engineering, computer sciences, law, communications, business, health and tourism management to develop long-term strategies in the face of rising seas. FIU’s Miami location will be key in advancing the center’s mission. South Florida is particularly vulnerable because of the large number of assets exposed to the effects of sea level rise. More information >>