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wetlands ecology & coastal resilience
An exciting line-up of research, education and outreach has filled CES's spring calendar. As one of the NCA4 authors, I invite you to provide input at the upcoming  National Climate Assessment's Regional Engagement Workshop (NCA4 REW). In May, CES will host 24 international students from UNESCO-IHE Water Professionals Program. I've also joined the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, who are increasing our coastal resilience by partnering in education. Learn about FAU's Avian Ecology Lab in our latest Student Spotlight video.
In next month's issue read about:  FAU Incubator's workshop in April.

I hope we'll connect at an upcoming event or reach out to me via email.


Colin Polsky
Florida Center for Environmental Studies
Florida Atlantic University

National Climate Assessment Regional Engagement Workshop
The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) is in development. Chapter teams in regions nationwide are assessing current scientific literature to identify the most important climate impacts for each region. The Southeast Chapter Team asks for your input on their preliminary climate impacts focal areas at their upcoming Regional Engagement Workshops (REW) on March 16th. In addition to the hub location in Raleigh, NC, multiple satellite locations invite you to participate.

Date: Thursday, March 16 
Local Location: Broward County Governmental Center West located at 1 N. University Drive (2nd floor hearing room) in Plantation 33324
Aligning Public Sector Needs & Academia's Research Goals
The Center for Environmental Studies welcomed representatives from the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and member universities of the  Florida Climate Institute (FCI) for their annual joint meeting on February 10 at FAU's Davie Campus. 

The partnership seeks better alignment between public sector information and management needs and ongoing research objectives, to improve coordination among the parties in pursuing competitive research funding opportunities, and to assure that the best and brightest ideas emerging from Florida's world-class institutions are well positioned for implementation in supporting Southeast Florida's efforts to transition to a resilient and low-carbon economy. 

During this partnership, the team has collaborated on Resilient Redesign III, the Southeast Florida Climate Indicators, and the Unified SLR Projections for Southeast Florida.
The 12th UNESCO-IHE Water Professionals Program brings twenty-four masters and Ph.D. students to South Florida for specialized education in solving water challenges. Many enrolled in the Netherlands-based p rogram  come from developing nations.

During the students' two-week stay, CES will coordinate site visits and lectures including a visit to  the world's largest restoration project implemented through the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Learn more and meet some of the students in an upcoming CES newsletter!
FAU's Avian Ecology Lab - PhD Student Betsy Evans
PhD Student Betsy Evans describes her research 
on the Wood Stork in FAU's Avian Ecology Lab
The Wood Stork is well-documented as being sensitive to human disturbance and changes in environmental conditions, however they are often seen foraging along major roadways like the Florida Turnpike. In the FAU Avian Ecology Lab, PhD Student Betsy Evans works with Dale Gawlik, PhD assessing how the Wood Stork is responding to human-induced rapid environmental change (HIREC). 

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