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City of Miami Breaks Ground on Flood Mitigation Project  
Fairview Flood Mitigation Project Ground Breaking 
Fairview Flood Mitigation Project Ground Breaking
On March 1, the City of Miami broke ground for the first Miami Forever Bond Project - the Fairview Flood Mitigation. The project has two phases and is estimated to be completed by early 2020. The first phase is meant to protect against most of the weather events that the city is experiencing right now such as King Tide flooding and dramatic rain events. The second phase is a pump station that will pump between 20,000 and 30,000 gallons a minute. The City of Miami plans to use the Fairview Flood Mitigation project as a means to understand the effectiveness of water outfall back-flow valves and how to best address storm surge and sea-level rise. 

Geospatial Applications for Climate Adaptation Planning
A recently published book by Diana Mitsova and Ann-Margaret Esnard, Geospatial Applications for Climate Adaptation Planning, presents an overview of the range of strategies, tools, and techniques that must be used to assess myriad overlapping vulnerabilities and to formulate appropriate climate-relevant solutions at multiple scales and in varying contexts. Each chapter is grounded in the literature and presents case studies designed by the authors, as well as many examples from a diverse international group of scholars and entities in the public and private sectors. Areas covered include: Climate Change and Climate Adaptation Planning: Context and Concepts Geospatial Technologies: Fundamentals and Terminology GIS and Climate Vulnerability Assessments Technical Approaches to Formulating Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies Geospatial Applications for Climate Adaptation Planning is aimed at advanced students, researchers, and entities in the public and private sectors. It also provides supplementary reading for courses in planning, public administration, policy studies, and disaster management.
 
Exploring the Connection Between Emissions Reductions and Logging Practices
In a recently published special issue of Forest Ecology and Management on "Reduced-Impact Logging for Climate Change Mitigation," Jack Putz (UF) and 27 other researchers from nine countries used the same sampling protocols to measure carbon emissions from selective logging in 61 tropical forest management enterprises in seven countries. They report that adoption of well-known reduced-impact logging (RIL) practices would curb emissions by an average of 60%. These carbon savings from responsible and efficient timber harvests would satisfy up to 65% of the nationally declared commitments (NDCs) to emissions reductions of the studied countries. The articles together demonstrate the value of a focus on solutions to problems stemming from tropical forest exploitation rather than ever more detailed descriptions of deleterious impacts. With recommendations for improved harvesting practices and a monitoring protocol for logging emissions that is efficient and accurate, the researchers call on forest authorities and certification bodies to rise to the challenge of reforming tropical forestry. The authors suggest that many forests should be off-limits to logging, but where timber is harvested, RIL practices should be employed. Advocates of improved forest management have championed this cause for decades, but the articles in this issue provide a clear connection between emissions reductions and logging practices. Read the article.
International Project for the Reconstruction of Puerto Rico Returns for the Second Consecutive Year
Following the successful completion of Puerto Rico_ReStart 1 (PR_RS) in March of 2018, and in response to the consequences of hurricanes Irma and MarĂ­a, the University of Florida and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) launched the second edition, Puerto Rico_ReStart 2: The Project of the Future, was held on the PUPR campus (377 Ave. Ponce de Leon, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918), from March 22 to 30, 2019. The PR_RS 2 addressed comprehensive ideas for interdisciplinary proposals, and will open new areas for innovative research and visionary projects with the objective of a sustainable and resilient Puerto Rico. For more details about Puerto Rico_ReStart 2, visit http://puertoricorestart.org/
FPL announces plan to build world's largest solar-powered battery & drive accelerated retirement of fossil fuel generation
Juno Beach , FL -- Florida Power & Light Company, one of the nation's cleanest energy companies, today announced a plan to build the world's largest solar-powered battery system - four times the capacity of the largest battery system in operation - as part of an innovative modernization plan that will accelerate the retirement of two fossil fuel generation units. The future FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center will have 409 megawatts of capacity - the equivalent of approximately 100 million iPhone batteries - when it begins serving customers in late 2021 and will be charged by an existing FPL solar power plant in Manatee County. By deploying energy from the batteries when there is higher demand for electricity, FPL says it will offset the need to run other power plants - further reducing emissions and saving customers money through avoided fuel costs. Read more.
 
Matheson Hammock Park Sea Level Rise Flood Mitigation Plan and Roadmap
In a recent study conducted by Cummins Cederberg, working with Miami Dade County, analyzed the impacts of sea level rise on Matheson Hammock Park's infrastructure and operations. The study involved compilation of survey and LiDAR data; environmental surveys; assessment of the condition of existing infrastructure to understand remaining service life of and adaption feasibility relative to sea level rise; an assessment of the environmental conditions as they would relate to permitting; an engineering analysis to provide extreme tide water levels; development of flood mitigation concepts and preliminary cost estimates for the Park; and more
. More information can be found here.
 
Upcoming Events & Webinars
April 16-19, 2019 | NSS & NEES Joint Summit | Tampa, FL

Apr 23-25, 2019 | National Adaptation Forum | Madison, WI

Apr 26-27, 2019 | Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium | Miami, FL

Apr 30, 2019 | Climate Intervention Strategies that Reflect Sunlight to Cool Earth | Washington, D.C.

May 1-2, 2019 | NAS Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Spring Meeting | Washington, D.C.

May 5-9, 2019 | Keeping History Above Water Conference | St Augustine, FL

May 11, 2019 | Climate and Health Symposium | Miami, FL

Job, Internship, and Fellowship Opportunities
Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Economics of Coastal Systems | UCF, Orlando, FL

Lecturer in Global Change, Biodiversity, and Conservation | UF, Gainesville, FL

Sustainability Administrator | City of Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Assistant Professor in Environmental/Climate Change and Sustainability | UF, Gainesville, FL

Urban & Coastal Resiliency Planning Intern | Arcadis, Tallahassee, FL

 
Funding Opportunities
Climate, Environment, and Health | The Belmont Forum | Expression of Interest due May 6, 2019

Disaster Risk, Reduction and Resilience | The Belmont Forum | June 10, 2019

Healthy Ecosystems Grants 4 | NAS Gulf Research Program | LOI due May 22, 2019

NIH Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Opportunity in Environmental Health Sciences (R21) | Ongoing through Jun 1, 2019

RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program | Aug 30, 2019

Conserving Southern Coastal Communities | Sept 30, 2019
Publications
Bercel,, & Kranz,. (2019). Insights into carbon acquisition and photosynthesis in Karenia brevis under a range of CO2 concentrations. Progress in Oceanography, 172, 65-76.

Cohen, J. M., Cohen JM, Civitello, D. J., Civitello DJ, Venesky, M. D., Venesky MD, et al. (2019). An interaction between climate change and infectious disease drove widespread amphibian declines. Global Change Biology, 25(3), 927-937.

Kiskaddon, E., Kiskaddon E, Chernicky, K., Chernicky K, Bell, S., & Bell S. (2019). Resource use by and trophic variability of Armases cinereum (Crustacea, Brachyura) across human-impacted mangrove transition zones. PLoS One, 14(2), e0212448.

Lundgren, L., Stofer, K., Dunckel, B., Krieger, J., Lange, M., James, V. (2019). Panel-based exhibit using participatory design elements may motivate behavior change. Journal of Science Communication,

Nelson Sella, K. A., & Fuentes, M. M. P. B. (2019). Exposure of marine turtle nesting grounds to coastal modifications: Implications for management. Ocean & Coastal Management, 169, 182-190.

Available Now! A Book from the FCI:
Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts
Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts provides a thorough review of the current state of research on Florida's climate, including physical climate benchmarks; climate prediction, projection, and attribution; and the impacts of climate and climate change on the people and natural resources in the state. The book is available for purchase in paperback and Kindle format at Amazon.com.

Individual chapters may be accessed on the FCI website.
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