The Eyes on the Rise Project Team, in conjunction with the FIU GIS Center and Code for Miami are working on an application for South Florida residents to better understand the impact of sea level rise on their homes and businesses. We are creating an app to allow South Floridians to create a database of flooding incidents in their areas. While this is not an official application (citizen reports are not filed with government agencies), it will allow local residents to create their own catalog of flooding incidents. It will also attempt to match your address to the appropriate local agency where you can report a flood. Our initial goals between April 2014 to April 2015 are to produce participatory “crowd hydrology” and community journalism related to sea level rise and its effects to South Florida infrastructure, environments, and lives. To meet our aims, the project focuses on three veins of engagement:Citizen Science, Personal Stories and Citizen Empowerment Eyes on the Rise is a project of the Sea Level Rise: South Florida initiative funded, in large part, by a Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant funded and awarded by the Online News Association, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and the Rita Allen Foundation.
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