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sand to sand to beaches through nourishment, it reduces the need for building coastal structures such as sea walls. What effect will sea-level rise have on beach erosion? Sea-level rise may exacerbate beach erosion by allowing stronger currents to get closer to the shoreline. Also, con-sider that with higher sea levels, the beaches will now be underwater so the issue becomes inundation rather than erosion. Therefore, beach nourishment efforts that keep pace with sea-level rise, as well as replace sand washed away by wave action, may be more costly and not a viable solution in specific locations due to the physical conditions. Persons interested in learning more about sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion in South Florida should consider registering for the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Resto-ration Conference to be held this year in Coral Springs, Florida on April 17-20, 2017. For more information, visit www.conferences.ifas.url.edu/GEER2017. Other topics include storm water treatment, nutrient loading, restoration tools, invasive species management, ecosystem resilience, wildlife population dynamics, modeling for restoration, and environmental stressors, among others. The conference is hosted by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). This article is adapted from materials con-tained in Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University (Octo-ber 17, 2016). King Tide 2016: A Glimpse at What South Florida Could Look Like, Brief-ing Book for U. S. Congressman Ted Deutch. Retrieved from: www.ces.fau.edu/news/pdfs/ king-tide-briefing-book.pdf. Also cited: Richard Wildemann (February 21, 2017), The Island Eye News, Adapting to Rising Seas. Retrieved from http://islandeyenews. com/op-ed-adapting-to-rising-seas/. Further Reading: 1. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/ pii/S0964569116300278 2. www.jcronline.org/doi/abs/10.2112/ JCOASTRES-D-11-00169.1 3. www.businessinsider.com/cities-exposed-to-rising-sea-levels-2014-4 4. www.climatechange2013.org/images/ report/WG1AR5_Chapter13_FINAL.pdf 5. www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/ wall-of-saltwater-snaking-up-south-floridas-coast/nLxg8/ Almost all of the shoreline within Dade County, Florida is critcially eroded. Image from the publication Critically Eroded Beaches in Florida, Division of Water Resource Management, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, August 2016. www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/publications/pdf/CriticalErosionReport.pdf. 6. http://rossi.urs-tally.com 7. www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/publications/ tech-rpt.htm eco APRIL 2017 43

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