POTUS visits the National Hurricane Center, FIU highlights field related work

May 28, 2015

FIU is excited to learn of President Obama’s visit to the National Hurricane Center on FIU’s campus this week! While the President of the United States Barack Obama visits the Hurricane Center we thought we would share with you some of FIU’s work on Hurricane, disaster-related, and climate change research.


Relevant collaborations with NOAA (and other federal agencies) include:


1.  Storm Surge Modeling Collaboration with NOAA is aiming to make the agency’s models more precise and real-time.  Led by our Coastal Research Lab, part of our International Hurricane Research Center, they interface directly with National Hurricane Center team and Director Rick Knabb.  The next phase of our collaboration will take our "CEST" technology and operationalize it for NOAA.


2.   Wall of Wind facility is the only facility of its kind in the world, replicating a category 5 Hurricane (Water + Wind).  WoW has made a significant impact on hurricane mitigation and building sciences through extensive research activities conducted by the wind engineering team.   This facility is partially funded by federal research partners and used also by the private sector.  Full-scale experimentation results have been applied to improve Florida Building Code. 




Sea Level Rise: 

3.  Sea Level Solutions Center at FIU

Recently launched, yet building upon 30 years of FIU interdisciplinary research in the Everglades and Coastal Ecosystems, this center bridges the environmental sciences; engineering and building sciences; and communications to advance the science that underlies sea level rise, water resources and a resiliency, including the built environment.   FIU has two key partners: the City of Miami Beach, and Miami-Dade County, supporting both government’s adaptation planning.

Our current funded research and education comes through NSF, NPS, USGS and ongoing conversations with OSTP, CEQ is being leveraged to  help South Florida:    

  •   assess impacts on the physical, health, economic, social, and ecological infrastructure, and develop solutions for mitigating these impacts.      
  •  Synthesizing the most up-to-date and accurate data associated with modeling and predictions regarding risks associated with sea level rise.
  •  Actuating ‘knowledge to action’ by facilitating and leading adaptation and mitigation planning and assessment strategies.
  •  Educating the next generation about sea level rise causes and consequences
  •  Developing public communication and information dissemination outlets for issues related to sea level rise.
  •  Using Miami and South Florida as the world’s test case for adaptation to sea level rise.


4.  "Eyes on the Rise" -- Proving the cross-discipline nature of our Sea Level Solutions engagement, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication has developed an app allowing individuals to insert their address and model for different Sea Level Rise scenarios.  And just this month, to be released on PBS stations, is their second documentary focused on Sea Level Rise in South Florida.