This past semester, engineering students investigated resilient solutions for one of Miami’s communities that is most vulnerable to sea level rise.

Just a few miles from the beaches and the heart of downtown Miami lies a beautiful community with multimillion-dollar homes and high-rise condos boasting incredible views of Biscayne Bay.This tiny hamlet, called North Bay Village, was built at sea level. And with climate change prompting water levels to rise, its ability to remain a viable place to live is under threat.

Taking that into account, interdisciplinary teams of students in the University of Miami College of Engineering were tasked with a project this spring semester to tackle some novel solutions for the village’s host of challenges—including aging seawalls, roads that need repair, and the need for a plan to maintain clean drinking water with the inevitability of saltwater intrusion.Students presented their ideas to village leaders, as well as University faculty members, last week during a virtual presentation.