Thursday, July 3, 2014

Florida Sea Level Rise Politics


While North Carolina seeks to manage the perception of sea level risk placed upon itself, Florida is all about their sea level rise.  Undoubtably, economic and political dynamics influence the different approaches the two states have taken to this particular coastal risk.

The image above shows a prediction of sea level rise for South Florida taken from a recently released report by the Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force.  

Notice the difference between the predicted sea level rise based on historic measurements and that based on all sorts of other stuff.  The difference in planning for 4 inches of sea level rise is likely different from planning on 2 feet of rise.  

Watching how North Carolina and Florida manage the debate about flood risk will certainly be interesting.  How they proceed will offer lessons of good ideas and bad ideas for other states and nations.  

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