Sea level continues to rise in South Florida (includes video story)

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.

Amanda Milian is a senior at Florida International University majoring in Digital Broadcasting. She enjoys educating the future broadcasters of America, watching college football and baseball and expanding her knowledge in the realm of communications and broadcasting. Amanda hopes to someday be an anchor on Good Morning America and looks forward to the path ahead of her in broadcast journalism.

Maria Lozada is a junior at Florida International University majoring in Digital Broadcast. She has a passion for writing and editing videos. She looks forward to graduating and pursuing a career in the media industry.

Vanessa Garcia is a senior at FIU majoring in Digital Broadcasting with a concentration in English. Her hobbies include singing, making videos, writing, and reading. After graduation, she aspires to become an entertainment host/personality or radio personality. She hopes to leave a mark in the entertainment industry and inspire others along the way.

Isabella Orsolini is a junior at Florida International University majoring in Digital Communication and Multimedia Production. She enjoys art and music and hopes to someday pursue a career in the television and entertainment industry.