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South Florida Sea Level Rise Toolkit

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tools to envision flooding and sea level rise.

Narrative: is a project developed by four Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communication professors and their students. The project’s free  Sea Level Rise App, also know as the Sea Level Rise Toolbox, takes a proactive step in helping South Florida citizens understand the sea level issues affecting their areas. The app is funded by the Online News Association.

Using elevation data from the Google Elevation Service, and based on sea level rise calculations created by Peter Harlem, a scientist at FIU’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center, the app visualizes the possible impact of rising seas on South Florida.

The app’s main feature is an interactive sea level rise viewer where users can enter an address to visualize how up to a six-foot increase in sea level may affect their neighborhoods. Currently, the app focuses on locations within Miami-Dade County.

As development on the Sea Level Rise Toolbox continues, it will also include a database of flood reports from both government and citizen sources in South Florida. Miami-Dade County recently launched an open data portal that includes flood reports, which will be included in the flood database.

Key Quote:

We want to help our fellow Floridians adapt to sea level rise and better understand what our local governments, including Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County, are doing to adapt to sea level rise." Susan Jacobson, Assistant Professor of Journalism at FIU

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South Florida, USA

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Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, FIU’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center, Online News Association, Fusion, Code for Miami;

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