Rising seas mean shrinking South Florida future, experts say Under current projections, the Atlantic would swallow much of the Florida Keys and Miami-Dade in a century, according to experts at a sea-level rise summit
DAVID WALTERS / HERALD STAFF BY CURTIS MORGAN CMORGAN@MIAMIHERALD.COM
The subject of global warming has become so politically unpalatable over the last few years that neither party mentions it much anymore. A conference on climate change sponsored by Florida Atlantic University made it clear that ignoring the threat has done nothing to slow it down — particularly in South Florida, which has more people and property at risk by rising sea levels than any place in the country. The two-day summit in Boca Raton, which wrapped up Friday, painted a bleak and water-logged picture for much of coastal Florida. Under current projections, the Atlantic Ocean would swallow much of the Florida Keys in 100 years.
Satellite measurements show no change in sea level in South Florida since they started taking measurements in 1992.
The Florida coral reefs have survived 120 metres of sea level rise over the last 15,000 years, because they grew upwards as sea level increased. This is one of the most fundamental principles of geology.