a monthly update on the latest research, education and community engagement 
CES News
wetlands ecology & coastal resilience
IN THIS ISSUE read about the effort to improve  precipitation projections for the Everglades
through the PACE Fellowship and how Resilient Redesign III will focus on neighborhoods impacted by sea-level rise. See also how students at FAU's School of Architecture are working on adaptive design models.
Let's connect at one of the upcoming events (see below). 
In next month's issue:  Invasive Species in Florida .


Colin Polsky
Florida Center for Environmental Studies
Florida Atlantic University

Wetlands Ecology

Undergraduate students in the "Critical Thinking in Environmental Science" class taught by Dr. Diane Owen learned how to conduct "Throw Trap" studies and collect data on the Kissimmee River at Riverwoods. 
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Understanding Climate Model Uncertainties
Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Fellowship
PACE fellow
Dr. Johnna Infanti
The Florida Center for Environmental Studies, University of Miami (RSMAS), USGS Southeast Region Office, and the Caribbean-Florida Water Center are entering into an exciting 

Through the Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Fellowship, the project aims to better understand and quantify uncertainties in climate model predictions and projections over Florida, particularly related to precipitation impacts on the Everglades restoration effort.

The PACE fellowship encourages work at the interface between climate science and applications and aims to transition advances in climate science to decision making by pairing early career scientists with decision making institutions. Learn more here

CES is excited to welcome Dr. Johnna Infanti, a  PACE fellowship recipient who received her PhD from University of Miami where she worked with Dr. Ben Kirtman on topics related to seasonal climate prediction.
 Coastal Resilience
Resilient Redesign 2015
Resilient Redesign 2015 at FAU Davie
The Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact (Compact) continues its work finding design solutions for South Florida communities which take changing climate impacts into account. 

The first collaboration in 2014 brought together Compact partners and the Dutch Consulate in Miami. In 2015 the Compact partnered with the Florida Climate Institute (FCI), with the specific engagement of Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and the University of Miami. 

Each workshop identified three South Florida sites and a corresponding team of experts and stakeholders including water managers, architects, engineers, parks managers, planners, hydrologists, and engineers. 

Teams visited their sites to learn about cultural, economic, social, historic, topographic, elevation, infrastructure and building stock considerations.
A charrette-style format allowed each team to propose designs for a more resilient community, which were then presented to the public on the final day of the work shop.

On Thursday, November 17 at UM School of Architecture, Resilient Redesign III will present solutions for sites in  Lower Matecumbe Key / Monroe County and Shorecrest and Arch Creek / Miami-Dade. For the first time, students from FAU and UM will be involved. Learn more
FAU School of Architecture
Areas of North Beach Village reclaimed from former marsh land experience "blue-sky flooding" when seasonal high tides flood streets with salt water. And since South Florida will increasingly experience more deleterious effects of climate change and sea level rise from flooding three ways - from the bottom, top, and laterally - solutions will be different than those employed in other areas of the state and country.  New adaptive design models that integrate best practices in urban design, planning and infrastructure that address the unique geology and ecology of our region are needed.

Over the 2016 Fall semester FAU has led an effort to provide the region with robust adaption plans to address these complex issues. On October 14, 2016, FAU School of Architecture (SoA) professors Jeffrey Huber and John Sandell and their students hosted University of Kansas professor Dr. Keith van der Reit and University of Southern California professor Lawrence Scarpa and their students. All three institutions discussed and presented strategies to adapt the North Beach Village Neighborhood to existing and future flood risks. CES graduate students Alyssa Wood and Jeanmarie Steckler Buck gave feedback. The SoA students presented their ideas to the City of Fort Lauderdale sustainability, zoning, landscaping and urban design staff.

The NOAA Florida Sea Grant-funded research effort also includes Dr. Colin Polsky, Dr. Diana Mitsova and Dr. Fred Bloetscher, as well as Professor and Associate Provost for Broward Campuses Anthony Abbate. An exhibition of the work is being organized in early 2017.

CES hosts Live Twitter chat
On November 9, the Center for Environmental Studies @FAU_CES hosted a live twitter chat with veteran environmental journalist Eric J. Lyman, reporting from COP-22 climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco. He talked about how the international community plans to implement the Paris Agreement.



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