Perfect place for studying sea level rise

Parts of Miami will be under water

Journalists mulling the meaning of climate change and rising sea levels might be closer to the problem than they realize while attending the Society of Environmental Journalists conference in Miami.

That’s because scientists have predicted that by the year 2100 Miami could have lost up to 10 percent of its land area to the ocean. The study at the University of Arizona, published earlier this year, forecast sea rises of between one and six meters in 180 coastal cities around the United States. Miami would be among the worst affected, the study predicted.
“I don’t know about this hotel, but certainly significant parts of Miami will be under water, according to that study,” Tom Yulsman, of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, told conference guests Wednesday at the Intercontinental Hotel, located steps away from Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

He told The Miami Planet later: “There’s something for us to think about right there. Here we are talking about the state of our environment with the water literally — perhaps just not noticeably yet — rising around us.”

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3 responses to “Perfect place for studying sea level rise”

  1. I agree that Miami is a perfect place to study sea level rise. It’s interesting to see this particular subject being researched at such a time where we around the world we seeing earthquakes on massive scales, powerful hurricanes, and tsunamis. Planet earth is definitely changing. Florida in particular has long been spoken about as a place that will one day go under water. Being that Miami is one of it closes bases to water it comes as no surprise that parts of Miami will go under water. Both interesting and scary!

  2. Sierra Eboni says:

    Wow I did not know parts of Miami were facing such a fate. This is really interesting.

  3. Imperialshawn824 says:

    I attended the SEJ conference this past weekend and this is a problem that was brought up that really was interesting. Thinking as a society on this issue of the effect of the climate change on animals and other organisms, we need a better understanding of not only what is going on today but also the effects 25 years from now. I was informed at the conference that a recent study has projected that many ecosystems will need to be relocated about a quarter-mile every year for species to survive. Something must be done about this and the public should be getting involved in solving the problem