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Commissioner Nikki Fried Announces Launch of Florida Advisory Council on Climate & Energy  
Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried has announced the launch of the new Florida Advisory Council on Climate & Energy (FACCE). This committee of energy and climate professionals will advise the Commissioner and the Office of Energy in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on modernizing energy and climate policies, diversifying energy sources, increasing energy efficiency, and creating solutions for Florida's energy and climate future. Read the news release.
Expert Review: IPCC Working Group
Contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report 
The U.S. Department of State seeks expert comment on the second-order draft of the Working Group I contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The Government and Expert Review runs 2 March - 26 April 2020.

General information such as the outline, development milestones, and deadlines can be found at the USGCRP Open Notices page; more detailed information - i.e., background, instructions, supplementary materials, and the draft report itself (including the first draft of the Summary for Policymakers) - can be found on the USGCRP Review and Comment System. You must register to access the dedicated landing page, agreeing to the posted terms before being granted access.

This is an Open Call. Comments are solicited from the U.S. scientific expert community and interested stakeholders. All comments must be input via the USGCRP Review and Comment System by 11:59 p.m. ET, Thursday, 2 April 2020, if they are to be considered by the Federal expert panel tasked with preparing the U.S. transmittal to IPCC.

Since the IPCC is an intergovernmental body, review of IPCC documents involves both peer review by experts and review by governments. Experts are advised that they have the option to submit comments direct to the IPCC rather than participate in the U.S. Government Review. To register for the concurrent Expert Review of the second-order draft, click here.

Expert registrations will be accepted by the IPCC until 19 April 2020. To contribute to the USGCRP-managed process, comments must be received by 2 April 2020.
SAVE THE DATE: May 28-29
Wildland Fires: Towards Improved Understanding
and Forecasting of Air Quality Impacts - A Workshop 
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will appoint a planning committee to organize a workshop on improving understanding and forecasting of air quality impacts from wildland fires. The workshop will convene experts in wildfires, atmospheric chemistry, climate, meteorology, and health together with key decision makers from public health, emergency management, air quality management, and other relevant areas. This includes state and federal stakeholders. Workshop discussions will likely consider the following topics:
  • Characterizing fire activity and their emissions
  • Atmospheric transport and chemical transformation of fire emissions
  • Monitoring and modeling wildfire emissions
  • Subseasonal-to-seasonal forecasting for fire seasons
  • Communicating wildfire forecasts, health impacts, and mitigation options
Please visit the study website to view the workshop scope and planning committee membership. More details to come.
NOW AVAILABLE: Update to Climate Change Booklet Highlights Continuing Trends  
The National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society have produced an update to their popular climate Q&A resource: Climate Change: Evidence and Causes with the most recent climate data and scientific analyses. This booklet, originally published in 2014, answers 20 questions about the evidence for and causes of climate change. New data indicate that climate change trends have continued. Global average surface temperature has increased 1 °C since 1900, and atmospheric CO concentrations have surpassed 400 ppm. The period of slower warming in the 2000s has ended with a dramatic jump to warmer temperatures, with the most recent decade (2010-2019) being the warmest decade on instrumental record, and Antarctic sea ice extent is now decreasing. This update provides more context about the importance of the speed at which climate changes are happening and what that means for adaptation efforts. Printed copies will be available shortly but you can download the pdf here.
Florida Keys Coastal Storm Risk Management Study  
The Florida Keys Coastal Storm Risk Management Study is investigating solutions that will improve resiliency by reducing damage and risk from impacts of coastal storms taking into account sea level rise. The study area includes the entire Florida Keys including all municipalities. A recent presentation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided details on the Tentatively Selected Plan for the Florida Keys Coastal Storm Risk Management Study. The study just recently passed the Tentatively Selected Plan milestone and a Draft Feasibility Report with Integrated Environmental Impact Statement is currently scheduled for release in late May 2020.

Proposed Florida Climate Assessment
The proposed Florida Climate Assessment will:
  • Produce a strategic tool with standards, data, analyses, andthresholds for use in planning, decision-making, setting research agendas, and use in public policy and legislation
  • Ensure resiliency decisions are informed by the best available science through an iterative, stakeholder driven process that is easily updated and user-focused
  • Use the best science in a manner that is responsive, supportive, and critical focusing on systems and not separate sectors
  • Improve relationships between knowledge producers and users and yield better decisions and outcomes to build capacity and overcome barriers
We want to know your thoughts on the proposed Florida Climate Assessment and its potential value to your work and to the state of Florida. Email us and please include your name, contact information, affiliation, and position.
Other Upcoming Events & Webinars
Ten Across Water Summit | March 23-25 | Houston, TX

Climate Response: Costs and Financing | May 3 | Online Course offered by the Antioch Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience

Job, Internship, and Fellowship Opportunities
Climate Scientist, Climate Central, Princeton, NJ (partial time remote possible)

Sea Level Rise Scientist, Climate Central, Princeton, NJ (some remote work possible)

Summer Intern, Palm Beach Office of Resilience, West Palm Beach, FL
Faculty Position in Climate and Health, University of Chicago | Applications due March 31
Funding Opportunities

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Wyatt, A. S. J., Leichter, J. J., Toth, L. T., Miyajima, T., Aronson, R. B., & Nagata, T. (2020). Heat accumulation on coral reefs mitigated by internal waves. Nat. Geosci., 13(1), 28+.
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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