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A Century of Sea Level Rise: what happens next?


Jul 19, 2017 – 7:30 PM

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Come to Vizcaya for an engaging conversation about sea level rise, an important issue for our community and for Vizcaya as we mark our centennial year.  Vizcaya's owner, James Deering, made a bold choice to build along Biscayne Bay 100 years ago, never imagining that someday "waterfront" would take on a whole new meaning.   A full century later, however, we continue to appreciate this environment from the unique vantage point of Vizcaya's shoreline, though the waters continue to rise. Recognizing that sea level rise has implications for more than just Vizcaya and its visitors, a varied group of speakers join the panel to share how they are addressing SLR in their own lives and work: Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya artist Lucinda Linderman details the research and process of creating a series of felted maps that depict the impact of sea level rise on Vizcaya and other areas Caroline Lewis, Founder of the CLEO Institute, will share the work of CLEO and some of the most poignant notes from the Union of Concerned Scientists  Ricardo Alvarez bring his expertise as a mitigation specialist Tiffany Troxler shares her work through FIU's Sea Level Solutions Center Dr. Mark Osterman, Vizcaya's Adult Learning and Engagement Manager, will share more about Vizcaya's 3D scanning of the iconic Barge    Moderated by Katie Hagemann of Miami Dade County's Resilience Office, the panel will also encourage us to consider what we can do, collectively and individually, to respond to sea level rise specifically and influence what those in the next 100 years will find when we're gone. Participants can also experience SEAing Breath, a project for the Sea Level Rise Program by Miami-Dade County and the University of Miami. SEAing Breath offers a virtual reality (VR) experience that addresses climate change. Through a VR headset the wearer can sense how virtual environments adapt to their own breathing. 

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