Snapshots of Miami Sea Level Rise

June 9, 2017

B-roll from my trip to Miami last year helps give a better perspective on flooding in Miami Beach and Miami, Florida.



16 Responses to “Snapshots of Miami Sea Level Rise”

  1. Tom Bates Says:

    This flooding has zero to do with ocean rise. It is caused by land subsidence due to diversion of surface water to build all those roads and buildings and over pumping of ground water to water all those lawns and keep the toilets working. Miami actually has an agency which is supposed to regulate the problem.

  2. Florida plans to abandon Property to the Sea (Sea Level Rise)

  3. ubrew12 Says:
    Some quotes from this article, about the National Flood Insurance Program: “Today, the NFIP is effectively bankrupt. It owes the U.S. Treasury nearly $25 billion… No one expects that money to be repaid… it is only a matter of time until the next big storm drains the coffers again… the NFIP has improbably subsidized thousands of risky properties along the coast… by charging them below-market premiums.”

    Coastal storm payments by NFIP have gone from 78% of their total, since 1978, to 91% of their total, since 2000. This is almost certainly a reflection of SLR.
    More quotes: “Today, at least $3 trillion worth of property lines the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Much of it is insured by the NFIP… the real estate firm Zillow found that nearly two million worth almost $900 billion could be underwater by 2100. The researchers weren’t referring to a situation where the market value of a home dips below the value of the mortgage; they literally meant underwater”

    People opposed to climate action don’t want their taxes raised to combat SLR. I wonder, whose money do they think it is funding the NFIP?

    • There was a (pretty sensible, I thought) effort to push more of the financial responsibility of having homes and businesses in high risk flood zones onto the owners and their towns. This was met with a howl of protest, which is really ironic (and hypocritical) for people who don’t like having federal taxes raised, or don’t like big government.

      That rise in fees was both reduced and slowed, and it is still true that if someone wants to rebuild exactly where they were before, while they might need to raise the home higher, the cost of their town to restore utilities, including sewer and water, remains fully reimbursed by the federal dime.

      It is estimated, according to my notes from an Environmental Business Council meeting on 15 Nov 2016, with Ned Bartlett and Kathleen Theoharides from the Commonwealth’s Governor’s EEOR, and engineer Dan Stapleton, from GZA GeoEnvironmental, that federal disaster payouts by 2025 will be $30 billion per annum. See interesting discussion about climate change effects upon budget, and that seems conservative, given that current projections put payouts for hurricane damange at just shy of $30 billion per annum in the 2020s. The federal gov’t also pays out for crop insurance. These are both portions of the budget which, according to present law, for which Congress cannot reduce allocations.

      • ubrew12 Says:

        Good information, thanks. Many of us are so busy trying to defend the Science that we don’t look at ways to summarize the Consequences. As such, we yield that ‘high ground’ to the well-funded deniers who, of course, have grossly inflated the cost of ‘going green’ to ‘moving-into-a-cave’ territory. But the Consequences are there, they have costs, those costs are now growing and, given the nature of this problem, will grow exponentially and, thanks to the sheer mass of the oceans, with blatant disregard to human actions for decades after those actions are undertaken.

  4. redskylite Says:

    And it’s not only coastal areas that will need to watch out and dig deep into their pockets . . .

    “Climate change is often seen as posing the greatest risk to coastal areas. But the nation’s inland cities face perils of their own, including more intense storms and more frequent flooding.”

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