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Displayed at the Florida Museum in 2016, this exhibition highlights research on Earth’s increasing sea level rise – largely in response to climate change. Learn about the science behind sea level rise and the special challenges Florida faces. Discover current University of Florida research, explore evidence found by local residents and scientists as well as steps being taken to help communities adapt for the future.
- Understanding Global Sea Level Rise
Learn about the causes of Earth’s rising seas. Examine evidence found by state residents including pictures that illustrate the effects of sea level rise on Florida’s coastal communities.
- Florida’s Future
Identify the areas of Florida most affected by sea level rise.
- University of Florida and Communities Contribute
Discover current UF research and strategies to help communities understand and adapt to rising seas.
- Global sea level rise is the current increase in average height of all the Earth’s oceans relative to land. Records from tidal gauges show sea level increased about 8 inches from 1880 to 2009.
- Geologists have found that sea levels change throughout Earth’s history when temperatures and carbon dioxide levels rise and fall.
- The primary factors for current sea level rise related to global warming are an increase of water from melting land ice and the expansion of sea water as it warms.
- Florida is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise. Much of the state is at or near sea level and most of Florida’s nearly 20 million residents live less than 60 miles from the ocean.
A special thanks to our collaborators:
- The University of Florida departments of Urban and Regional Planning, Geological Sciences, and Biology
- The University of Florida Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment