When it comes to sea-level rise, planners in South Florida typically use the benchmark of two feet in the next 40 years, but there’s a chance it could be less — or more– than that.
A team at FIU developed an app called Eyes on the Rise to help homeowners and businesses plan for the impact of the rising seas on their property. Among the team is Dr. Susan Jacobson.
With the local coding group Code For Miami, Jacobson also has worked on another app, Will It Flood?. The app helps homeowners and businesses understand when their neighborhoods see flooding because of high tides.
So how does the Eyes on the Rise app work?
“Enter your address, and it will tell you then what your elevation is, based on calculations by Google elevation. And then it will allow you to slide a little slider to see what the impact of six feet of sea-level rise might be on your property,” says Jacobson.
Miami Beach, Miami River, the Shorecrest neighborhood, the Matheson Hammock Park area and parts of Doral are all places in South Florida that are vulnerable to sea-level rise.
Read the WLRN article for Susan Jacobson’s interview with WLRN’s Kate Stein.
Dr. Jacobson works closely with the Sea Level Solutions Center as an affiliate faculty with the Center.