Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in South Florida

The View of Coastal Residents

  • Risa Palm
  • Toby Bolsen

Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Risa Palm, Toby Bolsen
    Pages 1-3
  3. Risa Palm, Toby Bolsen
    Pages 5-13
  4. Risa Palm, Toby Bolsen
    Pages 15-40
  5. Risa Palm, Toby Bolsen
    Pages 41-60
  6. Risa Palm, Toby Bolsen
    Pages 61-80
  7. Risa Palm, Toby Bolsen
    Pages 81-92
  8. Risa Palm, Toby Bolsen
    Pages 93-103
  9. Risa Palm, Toby Bolsen
    Pages 105-113
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 115-134

About this book


South Florida is frequently cited as the part of the United State of America as most susceptible to the devastation accompanying sea level rise. Several scholarly studies have shown the negative impact of coastal location in Florida on housing values. Are the residents of South Florida concerned? Is susceptibility to sea level rise actually affecting the housing market in terms of demand, the availability of home mortgages, or house prices? Are people living at particular risk from sea level rise aware of this risk and more open to new information about climate change? Do they support policies and laws to mitigate the pace and extent of climate change? Answers to these questions are not only of general interest, but they are also key to our understanding of the human dimensions of this problem. 

This book describes the results of a detailed survey in which respondents viewed a local map displaying flooding to their own community that would result from a Category 3 hurricane in 2033. It discusses political party identification and ideology that has an overwhelming impact in shaping views about sea level rise and climate change. This book has enormous implications for the effectiveness of communicating risk information. The text is important if we, as a nation, are to design communication strategies that will lead to broader policy to combat or mitigate this risk.


Climate change Florida Motivated reasoning Mitigation Political Sociology Sea level rise Science communication

Authors and affiliations

  • Risa Palm
    • 1
  • Toby Bolsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Urban Studies Institute, School of Public HealthGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Political ScienceGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-32601-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-32602-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-0577
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-0585
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