Climate Migration

On the Move: Climate Migration and Retreat in South Florida, the Caribbean, and Beyond


Consisting of a climate scientist, artist, economist and law librarian, this team plans to inform and facilitate the discussions that will lay the groundwork for the pragmatic policies needed to support the migration and retreat of communities in South Florida, the Caribbean, and beyond that are affected by rising seas. Members plan to combine their respective expertise in managed retreat, community engagement through participatory art, economic investment and trade analyses, and policy and legislation to ensure that future policies equitably manage the exposure of people and assets in a changing climate. “Exposure to climate risks—that is, people and assets in harm’s way—is a major problem that will increase in severity over the years and decades to come,” the team’s proposal said. “Under scenarios of continued high emissions of greenhouse gases, 4-13 million people in the United States will face risk of permanent inundation due to sea level rise by 2100, with potential for displacement of 72–187 million people globally over this time frame.”


Katharine Mach, Marine Ecosystems and Society; Xavier Cortada, Art and Art History; Ian Wright, Economics; and Nicholas Mignanelli, School of Law Library.