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Sea Level Solutions Day

Starting at 8 am, our citizen scientists went out to their respective sites; Arch Creek, Shorecrest, Brickell, Virginia Key, Edgewater and Vizcaya, to begin sampling. Citizen scientist included FIU students and professors, Miami residents, Miami-Dade County and City of Miami officials, and interested scientists and researchers. Individuals broke up into over 20 teams and measured the height of the floods and their salinity content in 6 different Miami neighborhoods. Citizen scientists also sampled some of the water for traces of fecal coliform and additional indicators of contamination. With the help of several sponsors such as The CLEO Institute, Miami-Dade County, Code for Miami, the City of Miami and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, FIU was able to equip every group with proper measuring instruments. The citizens helped accumulate and log the data, which helps the SLSC report on the area of floods as well as their frequency. This information will be used by the SLSC to create a database of urban flooding in Miami. This database can then inform government officials and scientists who are working on addressing the urban flooding issues that the Miami community faces.

Norhan Elbermawy, FIU student, looks into the refractometer to document salinity content for flooding at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Lesly Abreu collects flood water at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for Sea Level Solutions Day.

Bryan Palacio, FIU student, tests flood waters for bacterial content.

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