Miami rising: Historical perspectives on sea level rise as a view into the future

Eric Firley, Victor Deupi

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Miami is a city whose diversity and vibrant growth has made it an ideal destination for international travel, business, and leisure. However, South Florida is a hurricane prone region, and the threat of sea level rise and erosion poses an immediate and long-term risk to the stability of the city and its region. The city and the scientific community have been studying the phenomenon for some time now, proposing solutions to the management of such threatening uncertainty. Yet the quest for coastal resilience is not a new phenomenon. Since ancient times human settlements have entertained a complex relationship to the water. This paper will explore how several cities throughout history have dealt with flood resilience challenges and consider how historical attempts to adapt and address such problems can provide new spatial strategies for Miami’s future. Aware of the fact that such a study cannot reveal technical solutions for the twenty-first century, the emphasis will be given to an understanding of the correlation between socio-economic identity, attitude towards defensive action, and the type of organization needed for concerted action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-387
Number of pages21
JournalPlan Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017


  • Coastal resilience
  • Flooding
  • History
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Sea level rise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Urban Studies


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