The sea is threatening to swallow our coastal communities. Awareness of the issue is pivotal. It could damage or destroy our infrastructure, water supply and lives. Why is this happening, you may ask? Ice caps are melting, which causes the water in the ocean to increase.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains on its website that “in urban settings along coastlines around the world, rising seas threaten infrastructure necessary for local jobs and regional industries.”
We looked at how this issue affects South Florida. We spoke with FIU’s Director and Research Professor in the Sea Level Solutions Center, Dr. Jaya Obeysekera. He gave us insight on the impact and consequences that our local and global communities face due to sea-level rise.