South Florida Sea Level Rise Toolkit
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Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and partners are developing the Sea Level Rise Toolbox to depict future sea level rise and coastal flooding. The goal is to help residents and businesses prepare and adapt ahead of damaging water and flooding.
Eyesontherise.org 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.