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Florida Climate Change Collaboration course at FSU 
Dr. Stephanie Pau, FSU Geography Department, introduces students in the course to the textbook, FCI's Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations & Impacts .
A team of professors at Florida State University have developed an innovative course using FCI's book, Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations & Impacts as the primary textbook. Drs. Andy Opel (Communication), Bill Landing (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science), Chari Arespacochaga (Theater), and Stephanie Pau (Geography) have initiated the Florida Climate Change Collaboration course, which brings together ~100 students from four distinctly different academic disciplines. It's interdisciplinary design is intended to connect the skill sets of diverse students in an effort translate the climate science into forms that public audiences can relate to. Students are working in teams and develop publicly accessible projects that address some of the myriad ways climate change is impacting Florida. The four participating classes (documentary video production, environmental science, theater, and geography) meet separately and as a large group. The planned assignments include a "Pitch a Project" deliverable, a social media/public engagement plan, and a final group project that will be showcased at a public event toward the end of the semester. For information about the course, contact Dr. Andy Opel.
Miami-Dade County Offers A Free Training About Sea Level Rise
(Source: WLRN Miami) Miami-Dade County is offering people the chance to learn more about sea-level rise and how to prepare for it with a free training. The course, which is only two hours long, shows how to use online tools that map out different scenarios of sea level rise in South Florida. According to Sandra Saint-Hilaire, spokesperson for the county's office of resilience, all the maps used in the training are open to the public but the class, which has to be attended in person, goes into detail to teach participants how to accurately read the tools. Read full article.
Study shows salinity pulses interact with seasonal dry-down to increase ecosystem carbon loss in Florida Everglades marshes
Coastal wetlands are globally important sinks of organic carbon (C). However, to what extent wetland C cycling will be affected by accelerated sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion is unknown, especially in coastal peat marshes where water flow is highly managed. The  objective of this study was to determine how the ecosystem C balance in coastal peat marshes is influenced by elevated salinity. As sea-level rise increases the rate of saltwater intrusion into coastal wetlands globally, understanding how water management influences C gains and losses from these systems is crucial. Under current Everglades' water management, drought lengthens marsh dry-down periods, which, coupled with saltwater intrusion, accelerates CO 2 loss from the marsh. Read the article.
Source: Wilson, B.J.; Servais, S.; Mazzei, V.; Kominoski, J.S.; Hu, M.; Davis, S.E.; Gaiser, E.; Sklar, F.; Bauman, L.; Kelly, S.; Madden, C.; Richards, J.; Rudnick, D.; Stachelek, J.; Troxler, T.G.; (2018). Salinity pulses interact with seasonal dry-down to increase ecosystem carbon loss in marshes of the Florida Everglades. Ecol Appl, 28(8), 2092-2108.
Communicating with coastal decision-makers and environmental educators via SLR decision-support tools
Communicating about environmental risks requires understanding and addressing stakeholder needs, perspectives, and anticipated uses for communication products and decision-support tools. A recent paper by Delorme et al. (2019) demonstrates how long-term dialogue between scientists and stakeholders can be facilitated by repeated stakeholder focus groups. The authors describe a dialogic process for developing science-based decision-support tools as part of a larger sea level rise research project in the Gulf of Mexico. They demonstrate how focus groups can be used effectively in tool development, discuss how stakeholders plan to use tools for decision-making and broader public outreach, and describe features that stakeholders perceive would make products more usable. Read the article.
Source: Delorme, DE; Stephens, SH; Hagen, SC; Bilskie, MV, (2019). Communicating with Coastal Decision-Makers and Environmental Educators via Sea Level Rise Decision-Support Tools. JCOM, 17(3).
Upcoming Events & Webinars
Feb 7-9, 2019 | UF Law's 25th annual PIEC | Gainesville, FL

Mar 22-30 2019 | Puerto Rico Re_Start 2, The Project of the Future | San Juan, PR

Mar 26-29, 2019 | 2019 NACCHO Preparadness Summit | St. Louis, MO

April 16-19, 2019 | NSS & NEES Joint Summit | Tampa, FL

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

May 5-9, 2019 | Keeping History Above Water Conference | St Augustine, FL
Job, Internship, and Fellowship Opportunities
Chief Science Officer | State of Florida | Tallahassee, FL

Postdoc in Spatial Ecology of Coral Bleaching | Florida Institute of Technology

Early-Career Research Fellowship | National Academies of Science Engineering Math (NASEM) Gulf Research Program

Funding Opportunities
Wells Fargo and NFWF Resilient Communities Program | Pre-Proposal due Feb 19, 2019

Atmospheric System Research (ASR) | March 14, 2019

Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment | NSF Hydrologic Sciences (HS) | Ongoing

NASA ROSES 2018:Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science | Rolling submissions through Mar 29, 2019

NIH Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Opportunity in Environmental Health Sciences (R21) | Ongoing through Jun 1, 2019
Arpan, L. M., Xu, X., Raney, A. A., Chen, C. -fei, & Wang, Z. (2018). Politics, values, and morals: Assessing consumer responses to the framing of residential renewable energy in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science, 46, 321-331.

Asseng, S., Martre, P., Maiorano, A., Rotter, R. P., O'Leary, G. J., Fitzgerald, G. J., et al. (2019). Climate change impact and adaptation for wheat protein. Global Change Biology, 25(1), 155-173.

Burris, G., Elsner, J., & Doel, R. E. (2018). Plantation Records as a Source of Historical Weather and Agricultural Data. Southeastern Geographer, 58(4), 348-364.

Cheng, Y., Beal, L. M., Kirtman, B. P., & Putrasahan, D. (2018). Interannual Agulhas Leakage Variability and Its Regional Climate Imprints. J. Climate, 31(24), 10105-10121.

Conyers, Z., Grant, R., & Roy, S. S. (2019). Sea Level Rise in Miami Beach: Vulnerability and Real Estate Exposure. The Professional Geographer, , 1-14.

Crooks, S., Sutton-Grier, A. E., Troxler, T. G., Herold, N., Bernal, B., Schile-Beers, L., et al. (2018). Coastal wetland management as a contribution to the US National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Nature Clim Change, 8(12), 1109-+.

DeLorme, D. E., Stephens, S. H., Hagen, S. C., & Bilskie, M. V. (2018). Communicating with Coastal Decision-Makers and Environmental Educators via Sea Level Rise Decision-Support Tools. Journal of Science Communication, 17(3).

Fahey, C., Fahey C, Angelini, C., Angelini C, Flory, S. L., & Flory SL. (2018). Grass invasion and drought interact to alter the diversity and structure of native plant communities. Ecology, 99(12), 2692-2702.

Hall, J. A., Weaver, C. P., Obeysekera, J., Crowell, M., Horton, R. M., Kopp, R. E., et al. (2019). Rising Sea Levels: Helping Decision-Makers Confront the Inevitable. Coastal Management, .

Hu, L. Q., Wilhelmi, O. V., & Uejio, C. (2019). Assessment of heat exposure in cities: Combining the dynamics of temperature and population. Science of the Total Environment, 655, 1-12.

Lanier, A. L., Lanier AL, Drabik, J. R., Drabik JR, Heikkila, T., Heikkila T, et al. (2018). Facilitating Integration in Interdisciplinary Research: Lessons from a South Florida Water, Sustainability, and Climate Project. Environ Manage, 62(6), 1025-1037.

Lindeman, K., Giannoulis, C., & Beard, B. (2018). Coastal Climate Adaptation Literatures of the Southeast and Northeast U.S.: Regional Comparisons among States and Document Sources. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 6(4).

Ranjbar, S., Hooshyar, M., Singh, A., & Wang, D. (2018). Quantifying Climatic Controls on River Network Branching Structure Across Scales. Water Resour. Res., 54(10), 7347-7360.

Strassburg, B. B. N., Beyer, H. L., Crouzeilles, R., Iribarrem, A., Barros, F., de Siqueira, M. F., et al. (2019). Strategic approaches to restoring ecosystems can triple conservation gains and halve costs. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3(1), 62-70.

Sun, R., Lü, Y., Yang, X., & Chen, L. (2019). Understanding the variability of urban heat islands from local background climate and urbanization. Journal of Cleaner Production, 208, 743-752.

Wilson, B. J., Wilson BJ, Servais, S., Servais S, Mazzei, V., Mazzei V, et al. (2018). Salinity pulses interact with seasonal dry-down to increase ecosystem carbon loss in marshes of the Florida Everglades. Ecol Appl, 28(8), 2092-2108.

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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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