In partnership with Florida International University’s Sea Level Rise Solutions Center, the City of Coral Gables is hosting a Sea Level Rise Discussion Series to analyze mitigation and adaptation strategies for the community.
Due to the geology and topography of our region and value of assets, South Florida is among the locations in the United States with the highest risk of feeling the sea level rise impacts. As a result, the City of Coral Gables is planning for the future by undergoing a community vulnerability assessment. The assessment will identify at-risk infrastructure and will propose adaptation and mitigation strategies to deal with the projected effects of sea level rise.
City leaders also are increasing awareness among local residents and businesses about sea level rise and the possible impacts it can have in the community. This three-part series will focus on potential future impacts, public policy implications, climate-responsive design of resistant built infrastructure, and much more.
The Series includes the following discussions:
Dr. Todd Crowl: The Basics of Sea Level Rise, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6-7 p.m..
Coral Gables City Hall, Commission Chambers, 405 Biltmore Way, second floor. Dr. Crowl is the director of FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center. He will provide an overview of the causes of sea level rise and its potential future impacts in South Florida.
Dr. Ryan Stoa: Public Policy Implications, Tuesday, Mar. 8, 6-7 p.m., Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave. Dr. Stoa holds a joint appointment with the College of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences. He will discuss the public policy implications of sustainable development in Florida.
Sea Level Solutions Center Interdisciplinary Studio: Climate Responsive Design of Resistant Built Infrastructure, Wednesday, Apr. 13, 6-7 p.m., Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave. FIU graduate students will bridge knowledge and expertise from a range of disciplines including Architecture and the Arts, Engineering and Computer Sciences, Biology, Law, and Public Health, to design resilient and sustainable infrastructure for the future. The studio will culminate in a showcase of student work, with information and analyses for each adaptation and mitigation solution.
For more information, visit www.coralgables.com/sustainability or call 305-460-5008.