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UPCOMING WEBINAR: Climate Change & Variability in Florida -
What we know (and don't know)
During a webinar being hosted by the FL BRACE (Building Resilience Against Climate Effects) project, Florida's State Climatologist, David Zierden, will review global trends in increasing greenhouse gas concentrations and how they are impacting the global climate system before narrowing the focus on how these trends are manifested in the state of Florida. Special attention will be placed on how climate and weather threats, especially as related to human health, may or may not be changing. The primary threats that will be examined are hurricanes, extreme rainfall and drought, sea level rise, and extreme temperatures. Not to be ignored is the background of Florida's historical climate and natural variability, much of which can be related to the El Niño/La Niña cycle. To join the webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone on Wednesday, August 12 at 11AM (ET), go to 

With 2020 on pace to become one of the warmest years, if not the warmest, the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science will host a series of three virtual lunchtime conversations called Climate Cafés that will focus on groundbreaking climate science and research underway at the Virginia Key-based school. The series of three virtual seminars will focus on climate science and research being conducted by Rosenstiel School faculty members and students. The August 20 seminar will be "Building Climate Resilience for Florida's Coral Reefs and Coastlines" and the September 2 seminar will be "Economic and Societal Impacts of a Changing Climate." Learn more or to register here.

New FEMA publication offers guidance on nature-based community resilience solutions
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a new publication, Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions. The key goal of this guide is to help communities identify and engage the staff and resources that can play a role in building resilience with nature-based solutions. This guide defines nature-based solutions as sustainable planning, design, environmental management, and engineering practices that weave natural features or processes into the built environment to build more resilient communities. While this guide uses the term nature-based solutions, other organizations use related terms, such as green infrastructure, natural infrastructure, or Engineering with Nature®, a program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The focus of this guide is local communities, but many of the ideas and advice may also apply to state, territorial, and tribal governments.
Funding Availability - FL Counties Low-Income Residential Energy Efficient Grant Program
The Florida Counties Low-Income Residential Energy Efficient Grant Program is a new program developed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of Energy (FDACS OOE) to create more energy efficient dwellings to improve the lives of low-income families and reduce the burden of residential high energy cost expenditures. Florida Counties are the only eligible applicants for this program. Eligibility of applicants, projects and activities, and locations is determined based on the definitions and other criteria addressed in the Notice of Federal Financial Assistance Funding Opportunity (NOTICE), its attachments, and associated documents. Applications must be submitted to the FDACS Purchasing Office by 5:00 p.m. EST on August 31, 2020
NASEM Committee Meeting 1: Long-Term Environmental Trends in the Gulf of Mexico
The Committee on Long Term Environmental Trends in the Gulf of Mexico, hosted by the NASEM Gulf Research Program, will be assessing various aspects of current U.S. Gulf of Mexico restoration efforts, including the cumulative effects of multiple restoration projects and the effects of acute events (e.g., hurricanes) and long-term physical changes (e.g., sea level rise). The committee will also evaluate existing resources for informing restoration decision making and recommend adaptive management strategies.In this open session, representatives from the National Academies' Gulf Research Program, Gulf restoration funders, and Gulf state natural resource agencies will discuss their expectations for the study. A Q&A period with panelists and committee members will follow. Register here
CDC publication: Preparing for the Regional Health Impacts of Climate Change in the United States
The CDC has published a new document Preparing for the Regional Health Impacts of Climate Change in the United States. The publication describes the various health impacts climate change will have on different regions of the United States, actions taken by the CDC Climate and Health Program's health department partners to prepare for and respond to climate change in their communities, and relevant tools and resources.

FEMA Announces FY20 Notice of Funding Opportunities for FMA and new BRIC Programs Totaling $660 Million

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the Fiscal Year 2020 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program and the new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) pre-disaster mitigation grant program. The BRIC Program will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program.

This year there is $660 million available for the FMA and BRIC programs combined. There is $160 million available in funding for FMA and $500 million for BRIC. The application period opens on September 30, 2020.

Other Upcoming Events & Webinars

National Coastal and Estuarine Summit | October 4-8  | Providence, RI

Job, Internship, and Fellowship Opportunities
Climate Justice Program Manager | New Florida Majority
Environmental Program Supervisor, County Environmental Planning & Community Resilience | Ft. Lauderdale
Marine Resources Manager, County Environmental Planning & Community Resilience | Ft. Lauderdale 
National/International and Partial Remote 
Climate Scientist, Climate Central  
Associate Program Officer, NAS Division on Earth and Life Studies | Washington, DC
Asseng, S., Guarin, J. R., Raman, M., et al. (2020). Wheat yield potential in controlled-environment vertical farms.10.1073/pnas.2002655117

Breithaupt, J. L., Smoak, J. M., Bianchi, T. S., Vaughn, D. R., Sanders, C. J., Radabaugh, K. R., et al. (2020). Increasing Rates of Carbon Burial in Southwest Florida Coastal Wetlands. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci.125(2), e2019JG005349.

Castaneda-Moya, E., Rivera-Monroy VH, Chambers RM, et al. (2020). Hurricanes fertilize mangrove forests in the Gulf of Mexico (Florida Everglades, USA). Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A,117(9), 4831-4841.

Fleming, K. A., Perrault, J. R., Stacy, N. I., Coppenrath, C. M., & Gainsbury, A. M. (2020). Heat, health and hatchlings: associations of in situ nest temperatures with morphological and physiological characteristics of loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings from Florida. Conserv Physiol,8, coaa046.

Ghanbari, M., Arabi, M., & Obeysekera, J. (2020). Chronic and Acute Coastal Flood Risks to Assets and Communities in Southeast Florida. J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage., (7).

Hogan, J. A., Feagin, R. A., Starr, G., Ross, M., Lin, T. - C., Oconnell, C., et al. (2020). A Research Framework to Integrate Cross-Ecosystem Responses to Tropical Cyclones. BioScience70(6), 477-489.

Misra, V., & Bhardwaj, A. (2020). Understanding the seasonal variations of Peninsular Florida. Clim Dyn, 54(3-4), 1873-1885.

Moore, J.F., Pine III, W.E., Frederick, P.C., Beck, S., Moreno, M., Dodrill, M.J., et al. (2020). Trends in Oyster Populations in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico: An Assessment of River Discharge and Fishing Effects over Time and Space. Mar Coast Fish, 12(3), 191-204.

Rashid, M. M., Wahl, T., Chambers, D. P., et al. (2019). An extreme sea level indicator for the contiguous United States coastline Scientific Data, 6, 326.

Raymond, C., Horton, R. M., Zscheischler, J., Martius, O., Agha Kouchak, A., Balch, J., et al. (2020). Understanding and managing connected extreme events. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10(7), 611-621.

Ros, A. V., LaRocque, R., Fortinsky, R., & Nicholas, P. (2020). Addressing Climate Change Communication: Effective Engagement of Populations for Climate Action in the US and Globally. Ann Glob Health86(1). Retrieved August 7, 2020, from

Stainback, G. A., Lai, J. H., Pienaar, E. F., Adam, D. C., Wiederholt, R., & Vorseth, C. (2020). Public preferences for ecological indicators used in Everglades restoration. PLoS One. 15(6), e0234051.

Tegegne, G., & Melesse, A. M. (2020). Multimodel Ensemble Projection of Hydro-climatic Extremes for Climate Change Impact Assessment on Water Resources. Water Resour Manage, 34, 3019-3035.

Yang, K., V. A. Paramygin, & Y. Peter Sheng. (2020). A Rapid Forecasting and Mapping System of Storm Surge and Coastal Flooding. Wea. Forecasting35(4), 1663-1681.

Yu, Q., Ji, W., Pu, R., Landry, S., Acheampong, M., O Neil-Dunne, J., et al. (2020). A preliminary exploration of the cooling effect of tree shade in urban landscapes. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 92, 102161.
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

Individual chapters may be accessed on the FCI website.
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