August 2017 Newsletter
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Chemical Weathering Could Alleviate Some Climate Change Effects

Theodore Them and Jeremy Owens (FSU) are co-authors on a new paper discussing how chemical weathering, a process in which carbon dioxide breaks down rocks and then gets trapped in sediment, can happen at a much faster rate than scientists previously assumed and could potentially counteract some of the current and future climate change caused by humans.

Coral Gardening Is Benefiting Caribbean Reefs, Study Finds

A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University found that Caribbean staghorn corals are benefiting from "coral gardening," the process of restoring coral populations by planting laboratory-raised coral fragments on reefs.

Advanced Modeling Technique Suggests Extreme Coastal Sea Levels More Likely

A study led by Thomas Wahl (UCF) uses newly available data and advanced models to improve global predictions when it comes to extreme sea levels. The results suggest that extreme sea levels will likely occur more frequently than previously predicted, particularly in the west coast regions of the U.S. and in large parts of Europe and Australia.

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Deep-Sea Coral Reefs Discovery in Depths of the North-Pacific

Scientists have long believed that the waters of the Central and Northeast Pacific Ocean were inhospitable to deep-sea scleractinian coral, but a new discovery led by Amy Baco-Taylor (FSU) of an odd chain of reefs suggests there are mysteries about the development and durability of coral colonies yet to be uncovered.

Coral Disease Outbreaks Fluctuate with El Niño Years, Research Finds

Occurrences of three common diseases affecting Caribbean corals spike during El Niño years, an alarming association given how climate change may boost the intensity of El Niños. The findings from Carly Randall and Rob van Woesik (FIT) are based on an analysis of 18 years of coral-disease data, at nearly 2,100 sites collected by the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Program.

Heat Tweet: Users Flock to Twitter When Temperatures Rise

A new study by Jihoon Jung and Chris Uejio (FSU) examines the impact rising temperatures have on Twitter activity, and how government officials use the social media tool to warn the general public of heatwave conditions.

FCI 2-Minute Student Video Competition - Fall 2017

The Florida Climate Institute is calling on all students across our universities to create compelling videos on climate challenges that will promote understanding of impacts and inspire action!
Dec. 14-15 SE Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit

Early bird registration is now open for the 9th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit (December 14-15, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale).
Effects of Gulf Stream Variations on Sea Levels along the Eastern Coast

What is the role of oceanic circulation on the rate of sea level rise? How do changes in the Gulf Stream affect sea levels on the US East Coast? A workshop was hosted May 9 by the Florida Atlantic University's Center for Environmental Studies. A short summary document, the presentations, and a full video of the workshop are available here.
Honors / Awards

Daniel Solis (FAMU) has been selected to receive a 2017 Florida A&M University Emerging Researcher Award.

Kristine Harper (FSU) has been awarded the 2018 Louis J. Battan Author's Award (Adult) from the American Meteorological Society for her book titled Make it Rain: State Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2017).
Additional News
Funding Opportunities
Job Opportunities

Asst Professor - Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources - University of Georgia | Athens, GA | Apply by Sep 1, 2017

Internships Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program | Various Locations | Apply by Aug 8, 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher, Regional Climate Model Evaluation Caltech / Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Pasadena, CA

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Sustainable Coastal Systems University of Central Florida | Orlando, FL | Open until Filled

Director, Sea Level Solutions Center Florida International University | Miami, FL | Apply by Aug 1, 2017, for Full Consideration

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) | Washington, DC | Apply by Nov 1, 2017

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FCI affiliates and/or authors from FCI member universities are in bold.

Ajaz Ahmed, M. A., Abd-Elrahman, A., Escobedo, F. J., Cropper Jr., W. P., Martin, T. A., & Timilsina, N. (2017). Spatially-explicit modeling of multi-scale drivers of aboveground forest biomass and water yield in watersheds of the Southeastern United States. Journal of Environmental Management, 199, 158-171.

Antle, J. M., Basso, B., Conant, R. T., Godfray, H. C. J., Jones, J. W., ... Munoz-Carpena, R., et al. (2017). Towards a new generation of agricultural system data, models and knowledge products: Design and improvement. Agricultural Systems, 155, 255-268.

Aubert, C., Brisset, E., Djamali, M., Sharifi, A., ... Pourmand, A., et al. (2017). Late glacial and early Holocene hydroclimate variability in northwest Iran (Talesh Mountains) inferred from chironomid and pollen analysis. J Paleolimnol, 58(2), 151-167.

Baco, A. R., Morgan, N., Roark, E. B., Silva, M., Shamberger, K. E. F., & Miller, K. (2017). Defying Dissolution: Discovery of Deep-Sea Scleractinian Coral Reefs in the North Pacific. Sci Rep, 7(1).

Baker, A. R., Kanakidou, M., Altieri, K. E., ... Lamarque, J.-F., et al. (2017). Observation- and model-based estimates of particulate dry nitrogen deposition to the oceans. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17(13), 8189-8210.

Bush, M. B., Correa-Metrio, A., van Woesik, R., Shadik, C. R., & McMichael, C. N. H. (2017). Human disturbance amplifies Amazonian El Nino-Southern Oscillation signal. Glob Change Biol, 23(8), 3181-3192.

Chang, N. - B., Imen, S., Bai, K., & Jeffrey Yang, Y. (2017). The impact of global unknown teleconnection patterns on terrestrial precipitation across North and Central America. Atmospheric Research, 193, 107-124.

Chang, N. - B., Yang, Y. J., Imen, S., & Mullon, L. (2017). Multi-scale quantitative precipitation forecasting using nonlinear and nonstationary teleconnection signals and artificial neural network models. Journal of Hydrology, 548, 305-321.

Deitch, M., Sapundjieff, M., & Feirer, S. (2017). Characterizing Precipitation Variability and Trends in the World's Mediterranean-Climate Areas. Water, 9(4), 259.

Dulebenets, M. A., Moses, R., Ozguven, E. E., & Vanli, A. (2017). Minimizing Carbon Dioxide Emissions Due to Container Handling at Marine Container Terminals via Hybrid Evolutionary Algorithms. IEEE Access, 5, 8131-8147.

Ellingson, R. G., Cess, R. D., & Potter, G. L. (2016). The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program: Prelude. Meteorological Monographs, 57, 1.1.9.

Engstrom, J., & Waylen, P. (2017). The changing hydroclimatology of Southeastern U.S. Journal of Hydrology, 548, 16-23.

Fine, R. A., Peacock, S., Maltrud, M. E., & Bryan, F. O. (2017). A new look at ocean ventilation time scales and their uncertainties. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122(5), 3771-3798.

Guillemette, F., Bianchi, T. S., & Spencer, R. G. M. (2017). Old before your time: Ancient carbon incorporation in contemporary aquatic foodwebs. Limnol. Oceanogr., 62(4), 1682-1700.

Hu, X., Taylor, P. C., Cai, M., Yang, S., Deng, Y., & Sejas, S. (2017). Inter-Model Warming Projection Spread: Inherited Traits from Control Climate Diversity. Sci Rep, 7(1).

Janssen, S. J. C., Porter, C. H., Moore, A. D., Athanasiadis, I. N., Foster, I., Jones, J. W., et al. (2017). Towards a new generation of agricultural system data, models and knowledge products: Information and communication technology. Agricultural Systems, 155, 200-212.

Jones, J. W., Antle, J. M., Basso, B., Boote, K. J., ... Munoz-Carpena, Rafael, Porter, C. H., et al. (2017). Brief history of agricultural systems modeling. Agricultural Systems, 155, 240-254.

Jones, J. W., Antle, J. M., Basso, B., Boote, K. J., ... Munoz-Carpena, Rafael, Porter, C. H., et al. (2017). Toward a new generation of agricultural system data, models, and knowledge products: State of agricultural systems science. Agricultural Systems, 155, 269-288.

Jung, J., & Uejio, C. K. (2017). Social media responses to heat waves. Int J Biometeorol, 61(7), 1247-1260.

Klaus, J. S., Meeder, J. F., McNeill, D. F., Woodhead, J. F., & Swart, P. K. (2017). Expanded Florida reef development during the mid-Pliocene warm period. Global and Planetary Change, 152, 27-37.

Kollias, P., Clothiaux, E. E., Ackerman, T. P., Albrecht, B. A., Widener, K. B., Moran, K. P., et al. (2016). Development and Applications of ARM Millimeter-Wavelength Cloud Radars. Meteorological Monographs, 57, 17.1-17.19.

Larrea-Gallegos, G., Vázquez-Rowe, I., & Gallice, G. (2017). Life cycle assessment of the construction of an unpaved road in an undisturbed tropical rainforest area in the vicinity of Manu National Park, Peru. Int J Life Cycle Assess, 22(7), 1109-1124.

Laureano-Rosario, A. E., Garcia-Rejon, J. E., Gomez-Carro, S., Farfan-Ale, J. A., & Muller-Karger, F. E. (2017). Modelling dengue fever risk in the State of Yucatan, Mexico using regional-scale satellite-derived sea surface temperature. Acta Tropica, 172, 50-57.

Leary, E., Young, L. J., Jordan, M. M., & DuClos, C. (2017). Effect of Missing Data on Estimation of the Impact of Heat Waves: Methodological Concerns for Public Health Practice. Atmosphere, 8(4), 70.

Lee, S. - K., Volkov, D. L., Lopez, H., Cheon, W. G., Gordon, A. L., Liu, Y., et al. (2017). Wind-driven ocean dynamics impact on the contrasting sea-ice trends around West Antarctica. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122(5), 4413-4430.

Lemoine, N. P., Doublet, D., Salminen, J. - P., Burkepile, D. E., & Parker, J. D. (2017). Responses of plant phenology, growth, defense, and reproduction to interactive effects of warming and insect herbivory. Ecology, 98(7), 1817-1828.

Long, R. A., Wambua, A., Goheen, J. R., Palmer, T. M., Pringle, R. M., & Pelletier, F. (2017). Climatic variation modulates the indirect effects of large herbivores on small-mammal habitat use. J Anim Ecol, 86(4), 739-748.

Lopez, J. R., Winter, J. M., Elliott, J., Ruane, A. C., Porter, C., & Hoogenboom, G. (2017). Integrating growth stage deficit irrigation into a process based crop model. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 243, 84-92.

Marengo, J. A., Nunes, L. H., Souza, C. R. G., Harari, J., Muller-Karger, F., ... Reynolds, C. J., et al. (2017). A globally deployable strategy for co-development of adaptation preferences to sea-level rise: the public participation case of Santos, Brazil. Nat Hazards, 88(1), 39-53.

Martínez, A., Kominoski, J. S., & Larrañaga, A. (2017). Leaf-litter leachate concentration promotes heterotrophy in freshwater biofilms: Understanding consequences of water scarcity. Science of The Total Environment, 599-600, 1677-1684.

McCarthy, M. J., Colna, K. E., El-Mezayen, M. M., Laureano-Rosario, A. E., Méndez-Lázaro, P., Otis, D. B., Toro-Farmer, G., Vega-Rodriguez, M., & Muller-Karger, F. E. (2017). Satellite Remote Sensing for Coastal Management: A Review of Successful Applications. Environmental Management, 60(2), 323-339.

Miyamoto, Y., Bryan, G. H., & Rotunno, R. (2017). An analytical model of maximum potential intensity for tropical cyclones incorporating the effect of ocean mixing. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44(11), 5826-5835.

Muradov, N. (2017). Low to near-zero CO 2 production of hydrogen from fossil fuels: Status and perspectives. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42(20), 14058-14088.

Pérez, A., Machado, W., Gutierrez, D., Stokes, D., Sanders, L., Smoak, J. M., et al. (2017). Changes in organic carbon accumulation driven by mangrove expansion and deforestation in a New Zealand estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 192, 108-116.

Randall, C. J., & van Woesik, R. (2017). Some coral diseases track climate oscillations in the Caribbean. Sci Rep, 7(1).

Santana, M. V., Zhang, Q., Nachabe, M. H., Xie, X., & Mihelcic, J. R. (2017). Could smart growth lower the operational energy of water supply? A scenario analysis in Tampa, Florida, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning, 164, 99-108.

Schopmeyer, S. A., Lirman, D., Bartels, E., Gilliam, D. S., Goergen, E. A., Griffin, S. P., et al. (2017). Regional restoration benchmarks for Acropora cervicornis. Coral Reefs, .

Teegavarapu, R. S. V., & Nayak, A. (2017). Evaluation of long-term trends in extreme precipitation: Implications of in-filled historical data use for analysis. Journal of Hydrology, 550, 616-634.

Tezak, B. M., Guthrie, K., & Wyneken, J. (2017). An Immunohistochemical Approach to Identify the Sex of Young Marine Turtles: IHC Approach to Identify the Sex of Turtles. Anat. Rec., 300(8), 1512-1518.

Them, T. R., Gill, B. C., Selby, D., Grocke, D. R., Friedman, R. M., & Owens, J. D. (2017). Evidence for rapid weathering response to climatic warming during the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event. Sci Rep, 7(1).

Traylor-Knowles, N., Rose, N. H., Sheets, E. A., & Palumbi, S. R. (2017). Early Transcriptional Responses during Heat Stress in the Coral Acropora hyacinthus. The Biological Bulletin, 232(2), 91-100.

Wahl, T., Haigh, I. D., Nicholls, R. J., Arns, A., Dangendorf, S., Hinkel, J., et al. (2017). Understanding extreme sea levels for broad-scale coastal impact and adaptation analysis. Nat Comms, 8, 16075.

Wallach, D., Nissanka, S. P., Karunaratne, A. S., Weerakoon, W. M. W., Thorburn, P. J., Boote, K. J., & Jones, J. W. (2017). Accounting for both parameter and model structure uncertainty in crop model predictions of phenology: A case study on rice. European Journal of Agronomy, 88, 53-62.

Wang, C., Tong, C., Chambers, L. G., & Liu, X. (2017). Identifying the Salinity Thresholds that Impact Greenhouse Gas Production in Subtropical Tidal Freshwater Marsh Soils. Wetlands, 37(3), 559-571.

Wanninkhof, R., & Trinanes, J. (2017). The impact of changing wind speeds on gas transfer and its effect on global air-sea CO2 fluxes. Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 31(6), 961-974.

Willis, C. G., Ellwood, E. R., Primack, R. B., Davis, C. C., Pearson, K. D., ... Nelson, G. ... & Soltis, P. S. (2017). Old Plants, New Tricks: Phenological Research Using Herbarium Specimens. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32(7), 531-546.

Wilson, C. H., Caughlin, T. T., Rifai, S. W., Boughton, E. H., Mack, M. C., & Flory, S. L. (2017). Multi-decadal time series of remotely sensed vegetation improves prediction of soil carbon in a subtropical grassland. Ecol Appl, 27(5), 1646-1656.

Wu, C., Hu, B. X., Huang, G., & Zhang, H. (2017). Effects of climate and terrestrial storage on temporal variability of actual evapotranspiration. Journal of Hydrology, 549, 388-403.

Zhuang, J. - Y., Zhang, J. - C., Yang, Y., Zhang, B., & Li, J. (2017). Effect of forest shelter-belt as a regional climate improver along the old course of the Yellow River, China. Agroforest Syst, 91(3), 393-401.

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