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Waterways TV Program Addresses Climate Change

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Date: September 27, 2013
Contact: General Park  Information, 305-242-7714
Contact: Program Contact NPS Bridget Litten, 305-852-0324 x0316
Contact: Program Contact NOAA Karrie Carnes, 305-809-4700 x236

The latest episode of the educational television series, "Waterways" examines the threats south Florida could face from rising sea levels associated with global climate change.

The new episode is entitled, "Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in South Florida." It includes resource managers, scientists and educators who discuss the potential impacts of what an estimated global sea-level rise between 8 and 80 inches by the end of the century could have on people, habitat and wildlife.

Using various modeling tools, scientists are using data from past hurricanes, other notable weather events and NOAA's latest research to help predict what a future south Florida might look like.Also included in the program is how this human-caused problem might be eased through human solutions, such as conserving energy and reducing our carbon footprint.

With more than 200 episodes produced since 1993, the "Waterways" television series is a joint project between Everglades National Park, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, informing viewers of the diverse wonders of the south Florida ecosystem, and the research and conservation programs that protect them.

"Waterways" airs on public and government channels throughout the state of Florida—check local listings for scheduling. Episodes may also be viewed on the Waterways TV Show YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/WaterwaysTVShow).

Did You Know?

Limestone

Limestone is the porous, sedimentary rock you see in the Everglades. These rocks are made of calcium and contain fossils of sea life, evidence of ancient seas that once covered the area. The limestone aquifer under the Everglades acts as the principal water recharge area for all of south Florida.