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We're designed to meet the needs of Miami-Dade County and South Florida low-elevation urban coastal communities and comparable locations in the context of inevitable sea level rise.

The Threat

Some of the world's largest economic hubs are faced with the inevitable reality of higher seas.

Research and analysis are needed to develop effective adaptations to preserve governance systems, infrastructure, business, supply chains, ecosystem dependencies, and personal assets.

In addition, synthesis and communication of existing knowledge and expertise is crucial to providing accurate risk assessments and timelines. We must train a new generation of experts to develop sustainable solutions to climate change impacts.

The Opportunity

Although sea level rise represents an unprecedented threat, it also presents an opportunity for communities to make timely socioeconomic improvements that gain value over the long term.

Florida International University’s Sea Level Solutions Center is a hub for international research, collaboration, education, communication, and outreach, and a network of experts associated with this hub.

The Center provides a clear and reliable voice focused on successful adaptation in a local context that can be heard and understood by multiple public audiences as stressful conditions become more severe.

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.

  • Digital Commons - Sea Level Rise

    A collection of publications, reports, presentations and research on sea level rise. This collection comprises research from various faculty and departments throughout FIU and is part of FIU's Sea Level Rise research initiative. Visit FIU Digital Commons - Sea Level Rise

  • Effects of Projected Sea-Level Rise

    Project Title: Effects of Projected Sea-Level Rise on Everglades Coastal Ecosystems

    This study identifies potential mechanisms for how salinity and saltwater inundation contribute to peat loss in freshwater and brackish wetlands, which can be used to inform Everglades and South Florida water management decision and more broadly inform ecosystem management of coastal landscapes worldwide. The outcome of the study will have immediate application to water and environmental management needs, and has been designed with end-users (e.g., SFWMD) to ensure that information will be readily accessible to water managers and decision makers. This project will continue to increase our understanding of the net effect of increased salinity and inundation specifically examining the effects of chronic and acute saltwater intrusion events on Everglades coastal peat communities.

    Learn more about the effects of projected sea-level rise on Everglades coastal ecosystems.

  • Florida Building Commission Project

    Project Title: Potential Implications of Sea-Level Rise and Changing Rainfall for Communities in Florida using Miami-Dade County as a Case Study

    The overall effort to assess flood risk may be accomplished by comparing existing flood elevations with new elevations based on updated rainfall data and sea-level rise projections. For the contract, SLSC evaluated groundwater level due to sea-level rise and changes in extreme rainfall in Miami-Dade County and potential implications for the current Florida Building Code (FBC).

    View the Final Report

  • Rainfall Workshop

    The Sea Level Solutions Center at Florida International University was requested by the South Florida Water Management District to help develop a set of well-defined future climatic scenarios for various planning efforts underway. Such efforts include, but are not limited to, the Florida Protection Level of Service program, Water Supply Planning, and CERP Planning/Everglades Restoration.  As a first step in this process, FIU organized a workshop on May 16, 2019 to be attended by a selected group of experts in the field and representatives of various agencies, governments, and private sector. Explore the rainfall workshop

  • Urban Water Innovation Network (U-Win)

    Project Title: Transitioning Toward Sustainable Water Systems

    The Urban Water Innovation Network, a consortium of academic institutions and key partners across the U.S., include research, engagement and educational programs that address challenges that threaten urban water systems. The mission of UWIN is to create technological, institutional and management solutions to help communities increase the resilience of their water systems and enhance preparedness for responding to water crises. Learn more about U-WIN 

    • Sukop, M. (PI, FIU) 
    • Nepomechie, M. (Co-PI, FIU), Mostafavidarani, A. (Co-PI, Texas A&M)
    • National Science Foundation. November 2015 - October 2020

  • Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network

    The UREx SRN focuses on integrating social, ecological and technical systems to devise, analyze and support urban infrastructure decisions in the face of climate uncertainty. It leverages a network of nine, diverse cities, a network of 65 experts, a holistic conceptual framework, inclusive, participatory approaches, a workflow, education program and an evaluation plan that produces results and continually learning. The central question we are addressing is: How do social, ecological and technological systems (SETS) domains interact to generate vulnerability or resilience to climate-related extreme events and how can urban SETS dynamics be guided along more resilient, equitable and sustainable trajectories? Learn more about UREx SRN

  • Biscayne Bay

    The Biscayne Bay Health initiative unites Institute of Environment faculty with local governments and organizations to help protect and preserve Biscayne Bay. An annual summit will spread the word about the bay's importance to our environment and economy. 

  • Citizen Science

    Seasonal King Tides (the highest of the high tides) have been causing flooding in our Miami community. SLSC, in collaboration with several partners, hosts yearly volunteer events to collect sea level rise data through flood reporting. Explore SLSC citizen science opportunities