The City of Miami Beach, Florida, is a beautiful resort community nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, built on natural and man-made barrier islands. Infrastructure which ensures residents and tourists in Miami Beach aren’t regularly flooded by sea water is often taken for granted however with a changing climate it has become evident to residents that there are issues that need to be dealt with.
Much of the system that transports stormwater directly to the sea was built just a few inches to one to two inches above sea level. Over the years these outlet structures have settled, and sea levels have risen, often causing seawater to flow into the stormwater system. Overfilled stormwater systems cause seawater to flood streets, residential and commercial properties causing blocked roads, inconvenienced pedestrians, closed businesses, and damaged homes.
A team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Potsdam, Germany has detected a clear upward trend in the past few decades toward more unprecedented daily rainfall events. The institute found that these once anomalous events have increased in frequency 24 percent in central and eastern US.