Greater Miami and the Beaches (GM&B) encompasses the  thriving metropolitan areas of Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, and the City of Miami Beach. GM&B’s coastal location combined with a high groundwater table and complex canal water management system makes it inherently vulnerable to rising sea levels and coastal erosion. Projected maximum sea level rises would inundate large sections of Miami-Dade County, severely impacting water supply and management systems. Tidal flooding events are already becoming more common, disrupting transportation and damaging property.

GM&B is also still recovering from the effects of the 2007 mortgage crisis and national economic downturn, which had disproportionate impact on this region. This shock has reinforced the need for diversified and inclusive economic growth.

Finally, GM&B is one of the most hurricane prone regions on earth. As a result of rising sea levels and a growing population, this resilience challenge has only grown; today, almost two million people live within projected storm surge areas, many without the resources to recover from the loss of property and income that a hurricane can bring.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Coastal / Tidal Flooding
  • Hurricane / Typhoon / Cyclone
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion

Snapshot of Greater Miami and the Beaches

  • 2,700,000

    POPULATION AS OF 2013

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