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Florida Climate Institute appoints new co-director  
FIU Sea Level Solutions Center Director Jayantha Obeysekera has been appointed co-director/chair of the Florida Climate Institute. Obeysekera will lead the institute's report on potential climate change impacts in Florida and adaptation responses. He will also work with state agencies and universities in developing research initiatives. And finally, he hopes to inform efforts to address sea level rise and climate change based on science.
DEP Adaptation Action Initiative (AAI) & Resilent Program Grant (RPG) Request for Applications, FY 2019 (NA19)
The Florida Resilient Coastlines Program (FRCP) has announced the availability of state and federal funds for innovative coastal projects under its RPG (Florida state funds) and AAI (NOAA 309 federal funds) applications for fiscal year 2019-2020. Eligible applicants include Florida's 35 coastal counties and the local governments within their boundaries that are required to include a coastal element in their comprehensive plan. Florida regional planning councils, national estuary programs, colleges, community colleges, and state universities may also apply, as long as an eligible local government agrees to participate as a partner.  Application requirements, instructions, goals and priority areas for each application type (RPG-State; AAI-Federal), and the criteria by which application are scored and recommended, can be found on the FRCP's website at https://floridadep.gov/fco/florida-resilient-coastlines-program/content/funding-opportunities. All applications must be received no later than Noon, ET, Feb. 4, 2019.
Honors, Awards, and Projects 
Prof. Ni-Bin Chang, UCF Dept. of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
Ni-Bin Chang (UCF Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering) has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2018 and was recognized for his contributions to the field of nutrient monitoring, removal, and possible recovery in aquatic environment. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Dr. Chang holds nine U.S. patents related to green sorption media for removing nutrients from different urban low impact development facilities, agricultural crop fields, and wastewater treatment plants. All the nine US patents have been licensed to a new company, Environmental Conservation Solutions (ECS), Inc. through the Office of Research and Commercialization at UCF, attracting $20 million industrial investment. These green sorption media products have been marketed and distributed in North America and part of the Europe through the ECS vendors' network. He worked with colleagues in the Stormwater Management Academy to develop over 70 innovative test beds and field applications that can be used to remove nutrients with potential recovery in Florida. Read more.

Brian Benscoter, Associate Professor, FAU Biological Sciences, was a contributing author of the Terrestrial Wetlands chapter of the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2). SOCCR2 represents an important technical contribution to USGCRP's sustained assessment process. The report provides an overview of how human and natural processes are affecting the global and North American carbon cycle, emphasizing advances in the understanding of carbon cycle science and associated human dimensions. Read the full report at carbon2018.globalchange.gov.
In The News
Florida Isn't Doing Enough to Protect Its Beaches, Surfrider Study Says (Miami New Times)

The Story of 2018 Was Climate Change (The New York Times)

The hidden opportunity behind the clear and present danger of climate change (Palm Beach Post)

Climate change is here, and local leaders in Florida are leading the fight (South Florida SunSentinel)
Upcoming Events & Webinars
Feb 7-9, 2019 | UF Law's 25th annual PIEC | Gainesville, FL

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

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

Funding Opportunities
FY19 Coral Reef Conservation Program, Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grants | Jan 29, 2019

FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants | Application due Jan 31, 2019

FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance | Application due Jan 31, 2019
FCI affiliates and/or authors from FCI member universities are in bold.
Adam, M., Dzotsi, K.A., Hoogenboom, G., Traoré, P.C.S., Porter, C.H., Rattunde, H.F.W., ... Jones, J.W. (2018). Modelling varietal differences in response to phosphorus in West African sorghum. European Journal of Agronomy, 100, 35-43.

Alvarez, S., & Solis, D. (2019). Rapid Response Lowers Eradication Costs of Invasive Species: Evidence from Florida. Choices, 33(4).

Basso, B., Dumont, B., Maestrini, B., Shcherbak, I., Robertson, G.P., Porter, J.R., ... Asseng, S., ... Boote, J.K., ...Rosenzweig, C. (2018). Soil Organic Carbon and Nitrogen Feedbacks on Crop Yields under Climate Change. AEL, 3(1), 180026.

Boote, K. J., Prasad, V., Allen Jr., L. H., Singh, P., & Jones, J. W. (2018). Modeling sensitivity of grain yield to elevated temperature in the DSSAT crop models for peanut, soybean, dry bean, chickpea, sorghum, and millet. European Journal of Agronomy, 100, 99-109.

Durand, J. - L., Delusca, K., Boote, K., Lizaso, J., Manderscheid, R., Weigel, H. J., et al. (2018). How accurately do maize crop models simulate the interactions of atmospheric CO2 concentration levels with limited water supply on water use and yield? Europ. J. Agron., 100, 67-75.

Sishodia, R. P., Shukla, S., Wani, S. P., Graham, W.D., Jones, J.W. (2018). Future irrigation expansion outweigh groundwater recharge gains from climate change in semi-arid India. Sci Total Environ, 635, 725-740.

Wallach, D., Hwang, C., Correll, M. J., Jones, J. W., Boote, K., Hoogenboom, G., et al. (2018). A dynamic model with QTL covariables for predicting flowering time of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) genotypes. European Journal of Agronomy, 101, 200-209.

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Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts
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Individual chapters may be accessed on the FCI website.
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