Planning for Florida’s Rising Tides

A research project found that sea level rise has been less evident in the estuaries because of the absorption capability of the salt marsh. However, accelerated sea level rise over longer time frames would likely result in marshes that can no longer keep up and will “drown.”

The University of Florida and Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve led the effort to develop and test adaptation planning processes to save the estuary. In addition to the research, the project created a toolkit of diverse, flexible adaptation methods and resources applicable to a variety of situations. For example, GIS data and marsh migration modeling data are being used by Flagler County to see how sea level rise can be integrated into the county’s floodplain management plan. (2016)

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Partners: Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, University of Florida