Rising tides on Miami Beach


We recently saw relatively little rain, but extensive flooding in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, as noted in the Oct. 17 story, Rain or no rain, beachfront streets flood due to ‘spring tide.’

It was the first time the National Weather Service issued a flood warning during a high tide. Jimmy Morales, Miami Beach city manager, said he remembers back in the 60’s and 70’s you didn’t see streets flooding at high tide.

What is different between now and then?

The moon is not nearer; the city isn’t sinking, like it is in New Orleans.

The difference is that, as a result of climate change, sea level has increased by five to six inches in the last 50 years and is still rising.

Because Florida is so low and flat, this small increase makes a big difference.

Recently experts from around the country gathered with our local scientists and government leaders at our second annual sea level rise summit to find solutions.

A main action item was to let the public know sea level rise is real and happening now!

Dr. Leonard Berry and Nicole Hernandez Hammer, FAU, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Boca Raton

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