The Success of Sea Level Solutions Day

Shelby Servais, an FIU student measured flood water during the Oct. 16 Sea Level Solutions Day in Miami-Dade County. Data were submitted to the eyesontherise.org Sea Level Rise Toolkit at eyesontherise.org/app.

Shelby Servais, an FIU student, measures flood water during the Oct. 16 Sea Level Solutions Day in Miami-Dade County. Data were submitted to the eyesontherise.org Sea Level Rise Toolkit at eyesontherise.org/app. Photo by Cindy Castro.

Dozens of students and faculty from FIU’s Department of Journalism + Media and eyesontherise.org helped to organize and work the Sea Level Solution Center’s Sea Level Solution Day in Miami-Dade County on Oct. 16.

Using the School of Communication + Journalism’s Sea Level Rise Toolkit to collect and analyze flooding during that weekend’s King Tides, students and citizens gathered throughout Miami to capture the effects of the region’s changing environments (see map, below). Student video crews and citizens worked the day before, as well, to capture images of flooding.

 

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Groups of citizens and students gather on Oct. 16 in Miami to capture data of King Tide flooding as part of an eyesontherise.org co-sponsored event. Photo by Susan Jacobson.

 

The eyesontherise.org team — Susan Jacobson, Kate MacMillin, Juliet Pinto, and Robert Gutsche, Jr. in the Department of Journalism + Media — also organized a citizen science event at Marine Stadium on Oct. 16 as part of the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival to feature the Toolkit and to showcase what students are doing to tell stories of rising seas.

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FIU student Linda Flores captures an image of flood waters during a King Tide on Oct. 15 in Miami-Dade County. Images contributed to a new documentary about sea level rise and were taken in conjunction with work being done for Sea Level Solutions Day.

 

Take a look at the citizen-reported flood data and images below.

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