When It Rains, It Pours: A Socio-Environmental Approach to Understanding Coastal Flooding


This case is an introduction for students on socioeconomic systems using coastal flooding as a model system.  The students are presented with the real case of Miami Beach, in South Florida, which is experiencing increased flooding, both at higher high tides and with storm surge.  The case is designed to provide a guided introduction to socio-environmental conceptual modeling for students with no previous background, and a conflict negotiation case extension for upper-level undergraduate students or graduate students. The students will be expected to work in teams to develop a conceptual model in small groups, and then again in synthesis groups, and then finally work together as a class. For the conflict negotiation extension to the case, students research the interests of a stakeholder group to role-play a flood management group decision-making process.  The case is designed primarily to be coupled with formative assessments as the students prepare and complete the exercises in class.

Elizabeth A. Albright
Emily Eisenhauer
Melissa A. Kenney
Ariana E. Sutton-Grier
Course/Class Size
Global climate change and coastal indicators (upper level undergraduate): 10 students