Caribbean Center for Rising Seas 5 Minute Presentation for WH.pptx
Sea Level Rise has passed a tipping
point… we must rise with the tide.
- John Englander
Flooding is getting worse…
Sea level rise has passed a tipping point…
We cannot undo global warming quickly
Coastal communities are in jeopardy.
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RESILIENCY + ADAPTATION
Coastal Zoning and Building Codes Policy Reference Center,
Adapting to Rising Seas in Changing Coastal Margins Advisory Service,
Shoreline Resiliency and Adaptation Education, Training, and Certification
Database and Resource Center,
and many more…
1970 1972 1978 1985 1987 1988 1989 1990 1997 1998 2004 2010 2012 2015 2017 2020 2021
For Perspective, a Half a Century Historic Timeline
John Englander's Milestones Policy Institutionalization Key Reports Major Storms Major Flood Control Projects
An urgent task…
$70,186.9 million USD ( PR’s 2020 GNP), $103, 138.3 million USD (PR’s 2020 GDP)
$2.5 billion in tourism activity per year , mostly dependent on the shore…
Over 16 Billion USD in CDBG-DR program reconstruction efforts after hurricane María.
$1.575 Billion USD in slated USACE storm surge protection projects.
$139 Billion USD in estimated costs for recovery after hurricanes Irma & María.
An urgent task…
44 coastal municipalities,
About 155 shore side barrios,
About 799 miles of shoreline
Approximately 253,000 buildings in currently floodable areas
0 500,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 2,000,000 2,500,000 3,000,000 3,500,000
Vulnerable to Coastal Erosion
Exposed to other types of coastal flooding
Have experienced storm surge flooding
Believe they are exposed to river based flooding
Have experienced overflowing storm sewer flooding
Inhabitants of Coastal Municipalities
An urgent task…
Puerto Rico has the comparative
advantage of high elevation
With adequate planning
and investment, we can
prevent economic activity
and assets from becoming
stranded in low lying areas.
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2 feet 3 feet 6 feet
Estimated % of land loss and new sea level
Percent of land loss 1 cuerda = .97 acres
This is an area 642 times
the size of Old San Juan.
Caribbean Center for Rising Seas
Fernando Pabón, AIA, CAAPPR
Gilberto Guevara, MBA
Our funding campaign…
$500,000 invested by the PRSTRT in the Caribbean Center for Rising Seas .
About $3 million are needed for annual operations and supporting 12 staff members;
About $4 million are necessary for building our showcase headquarters;
About $6 million are necessary for building a program sustainability endowment;
$23k x year x coastal municipality or 53 cents per shoreline municipality inhabitant = over $1
Why act now:
1. Flood resistant design and construction will reduce property damage and loss of life.
2. Make Puerto Rico “future ready” - a model for the Caribbean and the world.
3. Flood resistant buildings and infrastructure will attract more investment.
4. People will visit Puerto Rico to see what we are doing to adapt in advance of future
5. Create a better legacy and inheritance for future generations .
The excess heat already stored in the sea, will melt the two major ice sheets
for centuries, pushing us towards the last high-water mark, 7 meters above
We are implementing 4 innovative programs;
Puerto Rico is the ideal place to innovate and put forward pioneering
A team of visionary experts leads the program;
The best time to act was decades ago. The next best time is now.
The Intro Slide. First take a moment to introduce yourself and your program.
The Intro Slide. First take a moment to introduce yourself and your program. We must rise with the tide. We have time to adapt… but no time to waste.
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Traction X and y axis, ipcc reports, projects completed, London Thames, Netherlands, Venice, St Petersburg? flood barrier dates xxx, hurricanes, floods, by category Slowly rising sea level rise and accelerating? Brundtland Report Sustainable development Goals Global Warming xix century Legislation in PR about climate change
PR facts: 1,982,967 inhabitants in the 44 coastal municipalities Population Vulnerabilities: $$ facts: 2.5 tourism; 1.575 coastal protection; Infrastructure investments: About 253,000 buildings in floodable zones 286,643 cuerdas de suelo urbano construidas (que porcentaje del total del suelo de la isla?)
139 billion = taken from transformation and innovation in the wake of devastation (Rosello’s report)
Estado de la Costa 2017 https://www.drna.pr.gov/oficinas/opmzccc/#publicaciones
Over 1.9 million inhabitants live near the shoreline (almost 1.983 million live in the coastal municipalities) About 98,000 people live in coastal areas at high risk of flooding due to storm surge. Almost 25% of the population believe they are exposed to river-based flooding, and 19.5% have experienced this kind of flooding recently. Close to 14% signal exposure to storm surge flooding, and 15.9% have experienced it recently. 11% are exposed to other types of coastal flooding, and 6.9% and have experienced it recently. 8.4% are vulnerable to coastal erosion, and 8% have experienced it recently. Over 29% of the population have experienced overflowing storm sewer flooding recently.
PR facts: 1,982,967 inhabitants in the 44 coastal municipalities Population Vulnerabilities: $$ facts: Infrastructure investments: About 253,000 buildings in floodable zones
286,643 cuerdas de suelo urbano construidas (que porcentaje del total del suelo de la isla?) cerca del 12% = 1/8 of the territory 2,300,000 cuerdas en total
The Caribbean Center for Rising Seas is preparing Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to adapt and thrive in the new era of increasing flood risk from storms, tides, and the long-term unstoppable threat of sea level rise. This brand-new program, launched in September 2021, of the highly regarded Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust is establishing Puerto Rico’s leadership and stature as a center of innovation. The Caribbean Center for Rising Seas will be a research and education instrument through which capacity, and practical solutions for the built environment might be developed, thereby facilitating and unlocking competitiveness for coastal regions in the coming decades.
Internationally Renowned Oceanographer
Highly Experienced Administrator
Summary The excess heat already stored in the sea, will melt the two major ice sheets for centuries, pushing us towards the last high-water mark, 7 meters above present;
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