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Dr. Colin Polsky
3200 College Ave., Building DW 
Davie, FL 33314 
Phone: (954) 236-1104


We live in an urban, coastal world. Cities are home to more than 50% of the global population, and to more than 80% of the U.S. population.

These proportions are growing, and mostly concentrated in coastal zones. Therefore our societal risks are increasingly defined by urban, coastal issues. These risks give rise to some pressing research questions, including:

  • Are storm surge, dry-day flooding, and coastal erosion more likely in the coming decades due to sea-level rise?
  • Are coastal infrastructure systems (water, waste, transportation) adequate in light of our unfolding climate and other social and environmental changes?
  • What are the best practices for coastal cities to strengthen their livelihoods and infrastructure to these mounting risks?
  • What are the obstacles that hinder our abilities to prepare for and respond to these challenges?

 CES is a leader in examining such questions for the growing coastal metropolis of Southeast Florida. Our work integrates researchers from the social, biophysical, engineering, and policy sciences. The projects are shaped by stakeholders from the public and private sectors. 



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