The Miami Odyssey: Miami's Fight to Remain Dry
Over the past 10 years, water levels have noticeably risen in the Miami and Miami Beach areas, resulting in more frequent flooding events. Miami Beach is currently experiencing flooding that can occur with no rain or storm surges. Within the next decade, increased flooding will likely occur during normal tides due to accelerating sea level rise.
Infographics and statistics concentrating on Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, and Virginia Key showcase visual representation of the effects of sea level rise and the accelerated rate that is approaching. For example, it’s recorded that in 1996 the observed water levels were usually close to the predicted values. At times the water levels were slightly higher or slightly lower because of meteorological influences.
However, in May 2014, the recorded tides were higher than predicted every time. So the baseline, or mean sea level, has increased overall: over the past 22 years, the average high tide has increased by 0.22 inches per year.