South Florida Rising Tides: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Posted on: 5/01/2019 - Updated on: 2/27/2020

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Alana Edwards

Project Summary

This case study was developed in 2015 as part of the of the Teaching Socio-Environmental (S-E) Synthesis with Case Studies short course at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, Maryland. In this case study, all students assume the role of a concerned citizen scientist living in one of four south Florida counties. Each student is assigned to a county/city committee and to one of three stakeholder perspectives – water managers, residents, and business leaders. Using the cooperative learning jigsaw approach, students alternate meeting in county and community stakeholder groups to analyze current articles, data, and GIS maps to identify specific sea level related problems, socio-environmental impacts, and current and future adaptation strategies. Each county group then presents recommendations to guide the creation of an adaptation action plan to the city council through a mock city planning meeting. All materials can be accessed online for use in other classrooms.  


Edwards A. (2019). South Florida Rising Tides: Should We Stay or Should We Go? Ed. Rachel M. Gregg. [Summary of a project of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center]. Retrieved from CAKE:… (Last updated May 2019)

Project Contact

Alana Edwards, Education and Training Coordinator, FAU's Center for Environmental Studies, [email protected]

Project Contacts

Position: Education and Training Coordinator

Affiliated Organizations

The vision of CES is to improve Florida's sustainability through research, education and outreach on wetlands ecology and coastal resilience.