In South Florida: Rising Seas Sinking In

February 25, 2014

Local News reports make it clear that public officials, academics, every day people, and voters, are being confronted with the reality of Sea Level Rise in one of America’s most vulnerable metro areas, Miami.
These clips point to the ways that South Florida’s rising seas are sinking in to the way people must begin to adapt. Meanwhile, for climate deniers, business as usual continues full speed ahead.

Below, Google Earth flyover with added layers of Sea level rise.

And you thought “Eric the Viking” was just kidding.

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12 Responses to “In South Florida: Rising Seas Sinking In”


  1. […] Peter Sinclair (ClimateCrocks) explains:  Local News reports make it clear that public officials, academics, every day people, and voters, are being confronted with the reality of Sea Level Rise in one of America’s most vulnerable metro areas, Miami. […]

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    BUT, BUT—–how can this be?

    Sea level rise is NOT accelerating!…..and, and……Miami has an AVERAGE elevation above sea level of SIX FEET and won’t flood for several centuries.

    That computer geek from NC daveburton has told us so!

    (And I for one believe him, even though he has no training in science, and just looks things up and cherry picks them to support his conservative ideology, and shills for real estate developers who have sea level land to sell, and signs hoax petitions, and…..)

    This is not happening, indeed!

  3. Andy Lee Robinson Says:

    Eric the Viking – brilliant!
    That sketch describes DB, NC20, and the whole denial industry perfectly.
    Pity they won’t be the ones suffering.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Ah, but DB and NC-20 WILL be suffering! The fat-cats behind NC-20 are going to be left holding the bag on a lot of property and will likely take a huge beating $$$-wise. DB is going to have to get a real job once they no longer need his services as a “science adviser”—his brief moment in the sun will be over once the water closes over his head and shuts him up for good.

      (And does the thought of DB being a “science adviser” to anyone on anything amuse others as much as it amuses me?)


  4. […] In South Florida: Rising Seas Sinking In […]

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Forget Miami and NYC–they only rank #4 and #7 on the list of the top 20 cities most vulnerable to sea level rise (New Orleans is #10, LA is not even in the top 20). Not good for the folks there, but only part of the picture.

      Except for Amsterdam and Rotterdam at #15 and #17, the other 15 are mainly in Asia……as in Mumbai, Shanghai, Calcutta, Dhaka, Tokyo…..and that’s where the people are. We in the U.S. may not be standing in very deep water soon, but when the SHTF “over there”, we will feel the effects big-time in other ways.


      • You mean a list like this? I was surprised to see Boston on one list. SFO would be history. A lot of airports are at the cheap land or fill along coastal areas. Of course it could be built up, and dams could be built, like the one protecting London, but at what costs? Analysts think some of these mitigating measures only worsen the disaster by allowing higher populations in affected areas. Those fantasizing Miami with no SLR may face some hard real estate decisions.

        http://www.businessinsider.com/cities-rising-sea-level-2011-5?op=1

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Yes, there are many such lists, and they differ slightly based on the criteria used. Your list and my list appear pretty much identical except for VA Beach, VA (not on mine), and perhaps a slight difference in rankings. I suspect VA Beach is on there because of $$$ factors. Hard decisions are indeed coming, not just in Miami, but for the ONE BILLION humans that are at immediate risk from SLR.


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