Should I Go or Should I Stay: Migration Decision and Action in the South Florida Climate Change Environment

Authors: Mark Hebert*,
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Migration
Keywords: migration, flooding, sea level rise, climate change
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Cleveland 1, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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This presentation looks at the effects that climate change is having on the attitudes and experiences of residents in South Florida, particularly in Miami Dade County. The study includes a survey as a lens to examine the proclivity of resident of the region to remain in place or move in the face of repeated flooding attributed to the effects of climate change: sea-level-rise King tide events, higher intensity tropical storms events, increased volume rain events, and increased frequency rain events. The presentation maps the aggregated experiences, attitudes, and opinions by zip code in Miami Dade. The zip codes are examined against socio-economic data, development statistics, government initiatives, and elevation data backgrounds of the region. The presentation includes a matrix of governmental and economic moves in response to the climate change imperative, and how those activities are reflective of or at odds with the information collected by the survey; as well as recent migratory activity following recent disaster events.

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