Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

We've set out to determine the effect of arctic ice melt on the coastline of Florida, more specifically its major cities and tourist attractions. To do this, we created multiple mathematical models on different bases to ensure that our models are behaving in an appropriate manner. We constructed one statistical model based on past sea level rise data, and one theoretical model based on our interpretations of different components that add to the total sea level rise. Our data and analysis showed firm indications of extreme effects on the coastline of Florida and some of its major tourist attractions by as early as 2050. The Florida Keys and Miami Beach seem to be among the most affected areas of Florida. Our models and predictions present data that clearly threatens not only the displacement of many people, but also ruination of natural habitats that are near the coast of Florida.

Faculty Sponsor

Lu Lu

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Mathematics and Statistics Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Natural Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

419

Included in

Mathematics Commons

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May 1st, 2:00 PM May 1st, 3:00 PM

The Effects of the Melting Arctic Ice Cap on Florida's Coast

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

We've set out to determine the effect of arctic ice melt on the coastline of Florida, more specifically its major cities and tourist attractions. To do this, we created multiple mathematical models on different bases to ensure that our models are behaving in an appropriate manner. We constructed one statistical model based on past sea level rise data, and one theoretical model based on our interpretations of different components that add to the total sea level rise. Our data and analysis showed firm indications of extreme effects on the coastline of Florida and some of its major tourist attractions by as early as 2050. The Florida Keys and Miami Beach seem to be among the most affected areas of Florida. Our models and predictions present data that clearly threatens not only the displacement of many people, but also ruination of natural habitats that are near the coast of Florida.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/48