Alec Basseda

Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Fall 2014


The purpose of this study is to examine the methodology for sea level rise planning used in Broward County in order to implement a similar framework in Miami-Dade County. Broward’s planning model consisted of a countywide vulnerability assessment, followed by a countywide mitigation plan, and finally, a consideration of sea level rise added to their Comprehensive Plan. The study first aimed to determine areas at risk to inundation after a one-foot and two-foot rise in sea level, using Geographic Information Systems software to overlay county lands with projected inundated surfaces for each sea level rise scenario. Impacts to urbanization, redevelopment, and environmental services were analyzed, and an additional vulnerability assessment at the municipal level was also conducted in order to pinpoint expected impacts for municipal governments to consider. Ultimately, mitigation techniques highlighted from Broward’s plans will be considered for prompt implementation in most at-risk areas, in order to minimize impacts to infrastructure and future land use in Miami-Dade as well.


Department: MAF

MPS Track: CZM

Location: Broward County, Florida

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