New Reports Released: NCA4 Vol II + SOCCR2
The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released two major reports:
Fourth National Climate Assessment
NCA4 Vol II, Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States, assesses a range of potential climate change-related impacts, with an aim to help decision makers better identify risks that could be avoided or reduced. The assessment follows Vol I, the
Climate Science Special Report (CSSR)
, which was released in November 2017. Together, these reports meet the requirements of the Global Change Research Act, which mandates a quadrennial assessment of our understanding of global change and its impacts on the United States. NCA4 Vol II can be viewed on its interactive website at
2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report
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 report at
UF's College of Journalism and FCI host 4
Climate Communications Summit
On November 7, the UF College of Journalism and Communications in partnership with the Florida Climate Institute hosted a day focused on climate communications. The emphasis this year was on reporting credible climate science through weather forecasts.
An evening event,
The Forecast Calls for Change: Telling the Story of Climate Science Through Weather
, featured Dr. Ed Maibach, Dr. Marshall Shepherd, John Morales, Bernadette Woods Placky, Susan Hassol, and several UF experts on the science behind the story. The presentations, hosted at the Harn Museum, were recorded and are now
To contact the leads for the event or to follow them on Twitter,
Rething Energy Florida hosts media briefing on the National Climate Assessment: What does it mean for Florida?
After the White House released its report as part of its U.S. Global Change Research Program, ReThink Energy Florida organized a media briefing via webinar on November 28 to hear from Florida-based scientists and experts as they discussed the report's findings, and what they mean for sea level rise, increasing heat and drought, harmful algae blooms, seasonal allergies, and mosquito-borne diseases. The featured speakers were:
- Andrea Dutton, Associate Professor of Geology; University of Florida, and an expert on rising sea levels;
- Ben Kirtman, Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami - Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science
- Todd Sack, MD, FACP, Gastroenterologist based in Jacksonville, Florida. The founder of My Green Doctor, he serves on the Board of Directors for Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Susan Glickman, Florida Director; Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Named to Florida Trend's Inaugural list of 500 Most Influential Florida Business Leaders
2018 Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit celebrated a decade of collaboration and progress
More than 700 participants attended the 10th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, held October 24-25 in Miami Beach, to learn more about climate change issues and how they affect our region.Florida Climate Institute member universities Florida International University and University of Miami & Atmospheric Science Rosentiel School of VA Key were among the many exhibitors at the event.
The annual event is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties; their municipalities; and other partners. The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event focused on facilitating climate-related collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Summit attracts innovative thinkers and leaders from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit community to exchange ideas and dialogue through panel discussions and networking breaks. Video recordings from the 2018 event will be made available soon.
Honors, Awards, and Projects
Thomas Ruppert, Esq., Coastal Planning Specialist at Florida Sea Grant, has been asked to join the Community Rating System (CRS) Task Force's Coastal Committee. Task Force committees provide ideas and input to the CRS Task Force, which then makes recommendations to FEMA. Several topic-specific committees provide this input. The CRS Task Force's Coastal Committee is co-chaired by Wesley Shaw and NOAA's Russell Jackson. The Committee is tasked with making sure the CRS program properly addresses coastal hazards and, increasingly, climate change. The Committee will be meeting through the end of 2018 to make recommendations for changes to the 2020 CRS Coordinator's Manual.
Mark Brenner (UF) has been named a University of Florida Water Institute Faculty Fellow. Dr. Brenner is a limnologist and paleolimnologist with special interests in tropical and subtropical lakes and watersheds.
Michael Martínez-Colón (FAMU) is PI on a National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Gulf Research Program grant, "Do the microbiomes of benthic foraminifera facilitate heavy metal resistance?" in collaboration with LSU. Martinez-Colón is also co-PI on a NAS Gulf Research Program grant, "Is Gulf of Mexico marine benthic ecosystem resilience geochemically coupled to riverine-derived mineral delivery?" in collaboration with FAU (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute) and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science.
, director of the Sea Level Solutions Center at FIU, was chosen by the Miami Herald as one of
50 Florida influencers
, a group of leaders from business, nonprofit, health care, law and the arts sectors to help Florida address complex issues like climate change.
Aavudai Anandhi (FAMU) was presented with "The Teacher of the Year Award" for the Florida Section at the 2018 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASABE) Conference. In addition, Dr. Anandhi reports that summer and fall 2018 has been a productive time for the students and faculty in the Biological Systems Engineering program at College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS). See additional CAFS highlights >>
16th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet - Safe and Sustainable Water Resources | Dec 11, 2018
16th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet - Sustainable and Healthy Communities | Dec 11, 2018
Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program | Due Dec 31, 2018
Switzer Environmental Fellowships for students in universities in New England and CA| Jan 7, 2019
National Geographic: Conservation Technologies | Jan 9, 2019
NSF Expeditions in Computing | Preliminary Proposal Due Apr 25, 2018; Full Proposal Due Jan 16, 2019
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.
Alizad, K., Hagen, S. C.,
, Bilskie, M. V., Morris, J. T., Balthis, L., et al. (2018).
Dynamic responses and implications to coastal wetlands and the surrounding regions under sea level rise
, 13(10), e0205176.
Arnold, T. E.
, Diefendorf, A. F.,
, Freeman, K. H., & Baczynski, A. A. (2018).
Climate response of the Florida Peninsula to Heinrich events in the North Atlantic
Quaternary Science Reviews
, 194, 1-11.
Chang, S., Graham, W.
, Geurink, J., Wanakule, N., & Asefa, T. (2018).
Evaluation of impacts of future climate change and water use scenarios on regional hydrology
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci.,
Evans, N. P., Bauska, T. K., Gazquez-Sanchez, F.,
Brenner, M., Curtis, J. H.
, & Hodell, D. A. (2018).
Quantification of drought during the collapse of the classic Maya civilization
, 361(6401), 498-501.
Holmquist, J. R., Windham-Myers, L., Bernal, B., Byrd, K. B., Crooks, S., Gonneea, M. E.,...
Uncertainty in United States coastal wetland greenhouse gas inventorying
Linkov, I., Fox-Lent, C., Read, L., Allen, C. R., Arnott, J. C., Bellini, E., et al. (2018).
Tiered Approach to Resilience Assessment.
Mazzei, V., Gaiser, E. E., Kominoski, J. S., Wilson, B. J., Servais, S.,
Bauman, L., ...
Functional and Compositional Responses of Periphyton Mats to Simulated Saltwater Intrusion in the Southern Everglades
Estuaries and Coasts
Osland, M. J., Feher, L. C., López-Portillo, J., Day, R. H.,
Suman, D. O.
, Guzmán Menéndez, J. M., et al. (2018).
Mangrove forests in a rapidly changing world: Global change impacts and conservation opportunities along the Gulf of Mexico coast
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
, 214, 120-140.
Puerres, L.Y., Bernal, G.,
Sedimentary records of extreme wave events in the southwestern Caribbean
, 319, 103-116.
Ruane, A.C., Antle, J., Elliott, J., Folberth, C.,
, Mason-D'Croz, D., et al. (2018).
Biophysical and economic implications for agriculture of +1.5Â° and +2.0Â°C global warming using AgMIP Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments
, 76(1), 17-39.
Sanogo, V., Harrington, J.
Information Sources, Awareness, and Perception Levels About Climate Change Impacts: A Case Study on Florida Stakeholders
International Journal of Economy, Energy and Environment
, 3(2), 6-20.
Valle, D., Albuquerque, P., Zhao, Q.
, Barberan, A., &
Fletcher, R. J. J.
Extending the Latent Dirichlet Allocation model to presence/absence data: A case study on North American breeding birds and biogeographical shifts expected from climate change
Glob Chang Biol
, 24(11), 5560-5572.
Wilson, B. J., Servais, S., Charles, S. P.
, Davis, S. E.,
Gaiser, E. E., Kominoski, J. S., Richards, J.H., Troxler, T.G.
Declines in Plant Productivity Drive Carbon Loss from Brackish Coastal Wetland Mesocosms Exposed to Saltwater Intrusion
Estuaries and Coasts
, 41(8), 2147-2158.
Wu, D., Chen, X., Lv, F.,
Brenner, M., Curtis, J.
, Zhou, A., et al. (2018).
Decoupled early Holocene summer temperature and monsoon precipitation in southwest China
Quaternary Science Reviews
, 193, 54-67.
Xiao, H., Wang, D., Medeiros, S. C.
, Bilskie, M. V., Hagen, S. C., & Hall, C. R. (2019).
Exploration of the effects of storm surge on the extent of saltwater intrusion into the surficial aquifer in coastal east-central Florida (USA)
Sci Total Environ,
, Krauss, K. W., Liu, X., Duberstein, J. A., Conner, W. H., DeAngelis, D. L., ...
Growth stress response to sea level rise in species with contrasting functional traits: A case study in tidal freshwater forested wetlands
Environmental and Experimental Botany
, 508, 44-51.
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