When the Big One Hits. Getting ready for hurricane season never quite stops. In many ways, Floridians have been bracing for the next Big One ever since Hurricane Andrew crushed Homestead and nearby areas in 1992 and redefined storm risk.
4 tech startups that are fighting for coastal climate resilience — and winning
Company hopes to cash in on mapping sea level rise for Florida buyers
“Predicting climate change - Climate insights from ‘most influential scientific mind"
“Will your property flood next year? These tech startups have answers."
“Is your land at risk for sea rise? More firms want to sell South Florida the answer"
“Albert Slap, president and co-founder of Coastal Risk Consulting, a Fort Lauderdale-based firm that advises property owners on flood risks, has found a similar trend..."
“The year in hurricane damage: Is climate change catching up with South Florida RE? If rising sea levels don't get you, increased taxes for infrastructural retrofitting will"
“Albert Slap would rather not be profiting from other people’s misfortunes. But his business, determining the flood risk facing specific homes around South Florida, has never been better..."
“Firms like Coastal Risk Consulting are trying to give homeowners in vulnerable areas more information and more options around what will be the most important and valuable purchase they are likely to make in their lifetimes.”
“The timing is right. The waterfront Flagler Museum was given as an example of the projected effects of sea-level rise. If a Category 5 hurricane struck now, “the maximum inundation on the property would be 6.2 feet of water,” said a representative from Coastal Risk Consulting."
“Albert Slap of Coastal Risk Consulting calls the potential collapse of real estate values “the next black swan,” but that’s not quite right. Black swans are, by definition, unexpected. We know this is coming!"
“Daunting” Hurricane Irma sends harsh insurance message
"Many communities simply don’t have the financial means to combat the effects of climate change", says Albert Slap, president and co-founder of Coastal Risk Consulting, a firm that provides flood-risk analysis.
“Hurricane Harvey was only the latest natural disaster to expose flaws in the National Flood Insurance Program," says Coastal Risk president, Albert Slap
“How can tech make people safer from flooding in their homes?"
“Tech teams-up with Nobel laureate to measure potential flooding, issue warnings"
“Florida Startup Helps Homes, Businesses Prepare for Sea-Rise Risks"
“How sea-rise ready is your home or business? Startup offers the lowdown"
“These are the companies who will get rich helping Miami adapt to rising seas"
“Coastal Risk & Yep Insurance have announced a partnership today that presents a new-found hope for the challenging issues surrounding the complicated risks of flooding..."
“vHomeInsurance & Coastal Risk have announced a new partnership where customers of vHomeInsurance can now also access specific flood risk reports for their homes prepared by Coastal Risk..."
“Properties worth more than $250,000 need private insurance, too, which is spurring owners to defend them better. Coastal Risk Consulting, set up in 2014, offers detailed reports for less than $500 showing how and when houses might flood in the future."
"High Ground Is Becoming Hot Property as Sea Level Rises: Climate change may now be a part of the gentrification story in Miami real estate"
“The Nightmare Scenario for Florida’s Coastal Homeowners: Demand and financing could collapse before the sea consumes a single house."
“As seas rise, so does the risk that buyers will become leery of taking on mortgages along our coasts."
“'We know a lot more and we’re a lot more scared,' Dr. Len Berry said. 'King tides have convinced us the problem is not in the future, it’s now.' Berry added that additional data gathered during the past five years have shown that flooding and other impacts of climate change are worsening."
"Florida makes case for climate research at Mar-a-Lago's doorstep"
Watch how Coastal Risk is helping this South Florida community prepare for sea level rise.
"Real estate agents looking to sell coastal properties usually focus on one thing: how close the home is to the water’s edge. But buyers are increasingly asking instead how far back it is from the waterline. How many feet above sea level? Is it fortified against storm surges? Does it have emergency power and sump pumps?"
"With Hurricane Matthew's damage this year and King Tide Flooding in major cities such as Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Charleston, Annapolis, Atlantic City and Boston, more than ever property owners need fast, accurate and affordable information on their flood risk..."
"For decades, as the global warming created by human emissions caused land ice to melt and ocean water to expand, scientists warned that the accelerating rise of the sea would eventually imperil the United States’ coastline. Now, those warnings are no longer theoretical: The inundation of the coast has begun. The sea has crept up to the point that a high tide and a brisk wind are all it takes to send water pouring into streets and homes."
"Florida is a state in denial. Miami is in the midst of one of the largest building booms in the region's history. Dense crane canopies pepper the city's skyline as they soar over forthcoming white, gold, and aqua clad "high end" residential and hotel towers. This massive stream of investment dollars is downright paradoxical considering the impending calamity that surrounds Southern Florida: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the sea level could likely increase almost 35 inches (0.89 meters) by mid-century."
"Rising sea levels. Coastal flooding. Hurricane storm surge. It's one thing to hear about the possibility of catastrophe. It's another when you learn exactly how these might affect you and your home."
"One in eight Florida homes could be underwater by 2100 due to sea level rise, according to a study by Zillow, one of the most widely used real estate valuation sites. Of the 1.87 million homes nationwide that would be underwater by 2100, there would be 934,411 in Florida. Those Florida homes would be worth a combined $416.6 billion, with a median value of $262,626, according to Zillow."
"For years, experts have speculated that rising waters will instigate another housing crisis. Of course, the shock of a sea-level-induced market crash will be felt the worst in Florida, where one in eight houses is at risk of being at least partially underwater if sea levels rise six feet by 2100. There has been some discussion about brokers considering the effects of sea level rise before issuing 30-year mortgages and realtors disclosing flood risk to potential buyers."
"Spring and autumn king tides and storm surges are putting coastal highways under salt water in Florida and it’s impossible to ignore this trend and the resulting devastation to properties and homes."
"Together, CRC and Bagué Group are committed to helping individuals, communities and local governments get climate ready and storm safe by providing the tools needed for informed flood-risk and adaptation decision-making."
"Bolter’s modelling suggests Trump’s Hollywood condos could be turned into islands for up to 140 days a year by 2045, cut off from the low-lying A1A coastal road because of tidal flooding and storm surges. Under a category two storm, a storm surge could wash right up to the front gate. Further south, the Trump Grande in Sunny Isles also faces a soggy future, according to the projections."<?p>
"Residents say the only way people will want to continue living, working, raising families and retiring in Florida is if they have some reassurance that their investments will be safe—or that there will even be a place to call home in the future."
"[Flood maps] are far from perfect, and it is possible to identify a number of improvements that could be made with some of the Internet of Things and Big Data technologies now available. Flood maps would clearly be more useful if they were more dynamic – if the timescale for their updating was compressed."
"Most Americans whose homes are in FEMA-designated flood plains—about 80%—don’t have flood insurance. And many Americans who reside outside the FEMA 100-year flood plains still often suffer from devastating floods."
Mr. Albert Slap, President of Coastal Risk, discusses sea level rise and impacts of climate change on coastal communities.
"This is not a future problem It's a current problem," Leonard Berry, director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at FAU, told PBS."
Coastal Risk Consulting, a Plantation-based company that projects how sea level rise will affect individual properties, won a silver award in the category Startup of the Year, Business Services Industries and a bronze in the Tech Start-Up of the Year category.
“Until now, banks have ignored climate change completely and issue mortgages anywhere,” he says. “With sea level rise and climate impact, people’s mortgages will not just be figuratively underwater, but literally."
FEMA flood maps do not include projections of sea level rise. As a result, they are not guaranteed to provide homeowners with actionable data regarding inundation from storm surges likely to impact their properties on high tides in future years.
Florida Start-Up, Coastal Risk, Wins Two Stevie® Awards in Best Tech Start-Up of the Year and Business Services Start-Up Categories in National Awards Competition.
"So, earlier this month, city officials introduced a new ordinance that would require every seawall in the city to be raised at least eight inches — but no more than 12 inches. This has some sea-level-rise experts scratching their heads, because raising the walls just inches will not protect properties for long."
Mr. Albert Slap, President of CRC, speaks about climate change adaptation in South Florida. Watch the video below.
"Some 100 people, from across all sectors and industries, took part in Wednesday’s meeting at the W Hotel in South Beach. Present were representatives of some of South Florida’s top businesses."
"This is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced," geospatial analyst Keren Prize Bolter recently told an audience in Miami Beach. "In South Florida, the water is coming in not just at the sides. It comes up from underground. Not even seawalls will stop the flow of water. This is bigger than the government."
"Because the same regional conditions apply to the Treasure Coast as to counties south of here, these projections could be applied to the Treasure Coast, too, said Leonard Berry, a contributor to the report and a Florida Atlantic University professor emeritus of geoscience."
"This Plantation-based startup has delved elbow-deep into the doom and gloom of climate change by offering realistic predictions regarding a property's vulnerability to rising seas. The company compiles data into a program so that individual South Florida homeowners can go online and search their property's risk of sea-level rise. And it doesn't cost a fortune."
"At least one Florida start-up is adapting same risk modeling approaches that the global reinsurance industry uses to price cat bonds to give consumers a deeper insight into how sea level rise might impact their individual property. Based in Plantation, Coastal Risk Consulting is marketing a new series of sea level rise screening tools for property owners in Florida and beyond, who can use them to “gauge their relative risk,” says Dr. Keren Bolter, the firm’s Science Director."
“We’re not going to just abandon trillions of dollars of coastal assets. The doom-and-gloom people who say we should run for the hills – that’s not going to happen either,” says Slap. “So we need to adapt. But to do that we need better information and that’s what technology can bring us.”
Sara Denka, a staff scientist at Coastal Risk Consulting, a Plantation-based firm that helps businesses and homeowners adapt to sea-level rise, set out to determine the neighborhoods that are most vulnerable to sea-level rise. She studied each ZIP code in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
"We have to protect the least among us with adaptation measures and give them tools from the bottom-up to participate in the dialogue [on climate change]," said Slap. "If we don't do that, we're going to be Nashville," referencing floods that inundated Middle Tennessee earlier in the year.
But as the coastal city's skyline climbs upward, Fort Lauderdale—nicknamed the Venice of America for its 165 miles of canals—is slowly becoming an edifice of risk as climate change lays siege to its shores. Already, water regularly creeps over sea walls, lapping against foundations every few weeks.
In addition to the science, we must also explore the current and future risks of Arctic-influenced sea level rise...and find ways to combine mitigation efforts with those of adaptation.
Rising sea levels won't doom U.S. coastal cities. America’s coastal cities are going to adapt, get ahead of climate change, and be just fine.
South Florida company uses data to predict if your house will be underwater in 30 years.
Expert in sea-level rise says South Broward is at greater risk than downtown Miami. Scientists concerned about global warming and sea-level rise often describe Miami as ground zero — the next Atlantis, even.
Miami is considered "ground zero" for sea-level rise, but what about counties to the north, that also have low-lying areas prone to flooding? These residents could be underestimating their vulnerability.
When Hurricane Sandy hit in October, 2012, Robert Hubbell was directing worldwide marketing for the investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners in New York City.
The panel addresses tidal and storm flood issues, as well as sea-level rise and the use of innovative data tools to predict and prepare for extreme weather events in coastal communities. Panelists included Heidi Stiller with NOAA, Keren Bolter with Coastal Risk Consulting and Peter Williams with IBM.
Since reliable record keeping began in 1880, global sea level has risen by roughly eight inches. It’s projected to rise between one and four more feet by the end of this century.
A Plantation tech firm is helping companies prepare for climate change. , Miami Beach City Hall will likely only see flooding for two days in the next five years, according to an assessment by Plantation-based Coastal Risk Consulting.
Albert Slap and Bob Hubbell, long-ago Penn grads, have started a service in Florida they hope buyers and lenders will consult before signing off on 30 years of payments in these times of rising waters.
Potential buyers who want a dream house in paradise but who don’t want to later discover a pesky flooding problem may have a solution in a product provided by Coastal Risk Consulting.
In highly vulnerable Florida, environmental attorney and law professor Albert J. Slap and a team of climate scientists including Keren Bolter have teamed up to create Coastal Risk Rapid Assessment, an flood risk assessment tool for coastal properties.
Whether called “Nuisance Flooding” or “Sunny-Day Flooding”, chronic tidal flooding in U.S. coastal areas is more than a mere nuisance. Tidal surges threaten the health and safety of residents and communities and their quality of life.
CRC’s Alaurah Moss will be awarded the FLASH partner scholarship for her innovative research on disaster resilience. She will be presenting her research on which type of information is most useful to augment local adaptation partners’ ability to set climate mitigation and adaptation priorities at the Next Generation of Resilience conference, January 27-29, 2016.
CRC’s Dr. Keren Bolter spoke at the Coastal Adaptation and Resilience Conference last week in Tampa Bay on implementing adaptation strategies.
CRC’s Dr. Brian Soden Spoke at the Climate Data Summit last week on Climate Risk Modeling. Read more about NY Climate Week 2015.
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