December 2017 Newsletter
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Available Now! A New Book from the FCI: Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts

Much of the attention placed on climate change is at the global or national level, but in Florida, where climate has been and continues to be one of its most important assets, an in-depth look at the state-level effects of a changing and varying climate is long overdue. A new book published by the Florida Climate Institute focuses on Florida's climate, changing sea levels, the impacts of these changes, and how our societal and natural systems may adapt to anticipated changes. 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.

"As we observe climate around the world changing, questions arise about whether or not Florida's climate is changing, how rapidly these changes might occur, and how Florida might adapt to anticipated changes," said Eric Chassignet (FSU). "And that leads to questions about how Floridians might support efforts to reduce the rates of change." Chassignet, along with fellow scientists James Jones (UF), Vasubandhu Misra (FSU), and Jayantha Obeysekera (SFWMD), are the book editors. More than 90 researchers at universities across the state and beyond contributed to the 632-page volume, summarizing important topics such as sea level rise, water resources, and how climate affects various sectors, including energy, agriculture, forestry, tourism, and insurance.

The book is available for purchase at Individual chapters may be accessed on the FCI website.

Andrea Dutton (UF) Named One of Rolling Stone's 25 People Shaping the Future

Andrea Dutton (UF) has been named one of Rolling Stone Magazine's " 25 People Shaping the Future in Tech, Science, Medicine, Activism and More." Dr. Dutton studies sea level reconstruction over glacial-interglacial timescales with an emphasis on establishing the behavior of sea level and ice sheets during interglacial periods to better inform us about future sea-level rise.
Citizen Scientists Bolster Sea Level Research on King Tide

FIU deployed more than 100 citizen scientists to investigate whether flooding from the most recent King Tide in October was bringing saltwater or freshwater inland to urban areas. The findings could provide critical clues as to why such unusual flooding is occurring in South Florida, what areas are most at-risk and whether the frequency of these floods could be increasing.

Climate Science Graduate Breaks Records

For once in our field, breaking records was a good thing. At least that is the case for one soon to be graduate student. After eight semesters of the maximum course-load, the effort has afforded Russell Anderson the highest number of graduate certificates obtained at both the University and State University System of Florida levels.

Honors / Awards / Projects

Young Gu Her (UF) has received the 2017 Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (OSBS) Research Jumpstart Award for his research project titled, " Quantifying Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Service Dynamics in Hydrologically Connected Forest Wetland and Lake Systems." The project is expected to begin from Jan or Feb 2018 for 1 year under the budget of $58,767. Co-PIs from UF include Jiangxiao Qiu and Jorge Barrera.

Mark Hafen (USF) is Co-PI on an NSF grant, " SCC-Planning: Agent-based Scenario Planning for a Smart & Connected Community against Sea Level Rise in Tampa Bay". Also participating in the project from USF are Yasin Yilmaz (PI) and Alan Bush (Co-PI). 
Jennifer Collins (USF) has received a grant for a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates on Weather, Climate, and Society. Mark Luther and Mark Hafen (also of USF) will serve as research mentors and direct a project on " Impacts from sea level rise from an Urban/Environmental perspective."

Additional News

How To Persuade People That Climate Change Is Real ( Washington Post - Nov 28, 2017)

Funding Opportunities

Job Opportunities
Senior Resilience Specialist | AECOM | Coral Gables, FL | Open until Filled

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