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Research Projects

The Sea Level Solutions Center provides a toolkit for everyone – scientists, educators, city planners, businesses, citizens – looking for the latest information on sea level rise and how it will impact our communities. The SLSC brings knowledge and expertise together from a wide range of disciplines to provide information and education to diverse audiences, in a way that is accessible, relevant and applicable.

Current Projects

Previous Projects

  • Sustainable Communities and Transportation Planning

    The College of Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) developed resilient design solutions for the 22nd century coastal city. The project looks at the city, neighborhood and building scale. It won the Florida Foundation for Architecture Award as well as the Provost's Award for Outstanding Creative Project and the A|A Miami Design Awards. The project was exhibited at the Coral Gables Museum in 2014, Miami Beach Urban Studios in 2013, and the Association of Climate Change Officers in 2013.

    Download the powerpoint about the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, City of Miami - PPT.

    Download the powerpoint about the Lake Pancoast, City of Miami Beach - PPT

     

    For more information, please visit the CARTA Climate Change Studio.

  • Water Supply, Management and Infrastructure
    Measuring the impacts of flood mitigan on water quality has been one priority. There have been routine assessments of the effects of urban flooding on water quality in Marine Protected Areas. Henry Briceno of the School of Environment, Arts and Society examined the King Tide Day in 2014 on Miami Beach. The regulated total nutrients (TP, TN) and CHLa were within range, but dissolved nutrients, SRP and DIN were up to 6 times the historic averages concentration.
  • Public Education and Outreach

    Robert Gutsche, Susan Jacobson, Kate MacMillin and Juliet Pinto of Florida International University won Eyes on the Rise: Sea Level Rise South Florida in 2014-2015. Their project entitled Sea Level Rise South Florida: How Are Waters Affecting You? presented ways of communicating sea level solutions while building community awareness and inspiring action. 

  • Sea Level Rise and Projected Impacts

    GIS Coordinator, Pete Harlem, mapped sea level rise in South Florida which predict urban flooding patterns. 

    Ivan D. Haigh, Thomas Wahl, Eelco J. Rohling, Rene M. Price, Charitha B. Pattiarachi, Francisco M. Calafat and Sonke Dangendorf are creating timescales to detect a significant acceleration in sea level rise. Through their findings, they will know if sea level in 21000 will increase by 1.5-2m (by 2020) and 0.5-1m (by 2030). 

  • Natural Systems

    E. Ivan Blano, G. Melodie Naja, Rosanna G. Rivero and Rene M. Price found that reduced freshwater delivery to the Everglades is increasing salinity in drinking water wells through their study analyzing from 2003-2012. 

     

    Amartya K. Saha, Sonali Saha, Jimi Sadle, Jiang Jiang, Michael S. Ross, Rene M. Price, Leonel S. L. O. Sternberg, Kristie S. Wendelberger examined sea level rise and South Florida coastal forests and found new evidence of the collapse of peat soil. In their study on 50 years of coastal vegetation change, Ross, Meeder, Sah, Ruiz and Telesnicki found that sawgrass marshes in Everglades National Park is at risk of peat collapse. Additionally, they discovered that mangroves are displacing sawgrass marsh at rates up to 10 km per 50 years. They have conducted experiments to determine the consequences of SLR to marshes. 

  • Stabilize and Protect South Florida Archeological Sites with Integrated Ecosystem Restoration

    Stabilize and Protect South Florida Archeological Sites with Integrated Ecosystem Restoration

    Crowl, T (PI), Ogurcak, D., Parkinson, R. 

    National Park Service. September 2016-2017.

    Cultural resource sites are found throughout South Florida in a variety of environmental settings. These sites date to both colonial and pre-colonial times and examples include burial mounds (e.g., Tequesta site on Totten Key in BNP), ancient engineering (e.g., Mud Lake Canal on Cape Sable in ENP), and shell middens in the Ten Thousand Islands (Parkinson 1989). Most sites are found in close proximity to the coastline or are embedded in surrounding wetlands. As a consequence, these sites are vulnerable to the effects of accelerating sea level rise and anthropogenic climate change that will bring higher tides, more frequent strong hurricanes, and increased erosion. Many of these sites are already undergoing degradation. As each site is found in a specific geomorphologic setting, the threats to sites vary spatially across south Florida. Prioritizing site stabilization requires identification of the unique settings in which each is found, an assessment of current and future threats, and a determination of possible management interventions.

    Learn more about Everglades Archeological Heritage