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"Roads to Nowhere in Four States" Further Ranked Among Top Environmental Law Articles of the Year
The article "Roads to Nowhere in Four States: State and Local Governments in the Atlantic Southeast Facing Sea-Level Rise," an assessment of coastal communities facing sea level rise and flooding co-authored by FCI affiliate Thomas Ruppert with Florida Sea Grant, has received further recognition. In addition to being selected as one of the top 4 environmental law articles by Vanderbilt Law and the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR), the article was recognized as one of the top 15 environmental law articles of the year by the Thomson Reuters/West Publishing 2020 Land Use & Environment Law Review. "Roads to Nowhere in Four States" is the only article appearing in both the top 7 finishers in the Vanderbilt Law and ELPAR award and the top 20 in the Thomson Reuters/West Publishing 2020 Land Use & Environment Law Review.

Florida Sea Grant Contributes to Fifth Digital Dialogue on Coastal Ecosystem Protection

By invitation of the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Thomas Ruppert, with Florida Sea Grant, contributed to the fifth Digital Dialogue on "Scaling Up Coastal Ecosystem Protection." He joins thirteen other experts to discuss financial measures and policies that are most successful for scaling up coastal ecosystem protection.

Resources for Fall Climate Education

If you are looking for climate-related educational materials for your classes, the following list includes many freely available resources on a range of climate science topics, including short and long videos that feature leading climate scientists from around the U.S. and world, as well as books and other reading materials.

WCRP/WWRP's International Prize for Earth System Model Development - Call for Nominations

As the demand for more accurate regional weather and seasonal predictions as well as climate projections increases, the need to improve the weather and climate models that underpin those predictions and projections becomes more urgent. In recognition of the essential role model development plays to weather and climate science, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) are seeking nominations for the "WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development". The prize is awarded annually to an early- to mid-career researcher for an outstanding contribution to model development for the Earth System, its components, and their coupling. 

New Northeast Florida Regional Resilience Exposure Tool

In Northeast Florida, a new resource is educating local stakeholders about coastal hazards and vulnerabilities. The "Regional Resilience Exposure Tool," licensed by the Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) and developed by Taylor Engineering, allows local residents, business owners, and government actors to determine if resources are exposed to specific coastal hazards. In addition to coastal flood layers, the tool features other data layers relating to demographic and social measures.

Seminole State College of Florida's New Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Sustainability Management
Seminole State College of Florida now offers a fully online post-baccalaureate certificate in Sustainability Management. The certificate is open to anyone with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Online Course in Strategic Framing and Effective Climate Change Communication

Looking for a professional development opportunity this fall? The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation ( is offering an online course on effective climate messaging. NNOCCI's Crash Course in strategic framing and effective climate change communication is a 6-week, 25-hour, fee-based online course open to any climate communicator or researcher interested in improving their communication skills.

If you have any climate-related research, news items, or events that you would like to submit for consideration in the next newsletter, please email them to [email protected].

Other Upcoming Events & Webinars
Actionable Science in the Gulf of Mexico Seminar Series | Weekly, September - October | Webinar

At What Point Managed Retreat? 2021 Conference | Call for Abstracts Opens in September 2020

National Coastal and Estuarine Summit | September 29 - October 1  | Virtual

Job, Internship, and Fellowship Opportunities
Iconic Reefs, Restoration Implementation Manager, 
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation 
| Key West or Key Largo, FL
Climate Justice Program Manager, New Florida Majority | Miami, FL
Climate Resilience Program Coordinator, Broward County | Fort Lauderdale, FL
National/International and Partial Remote 
Clean Energy and Resilience Coordinator, Department of Environmental Protection | Boston, MA
Executive Director, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council | Wakefield, RI
Multiple Coastal Program Positions, California Coastal Commission | CA
Postdoctoral Scholar in Climate Change and Health Adaptation, University of Washington | Seattle, WA
Postdoctoral Researcher - Wildfire Risk, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center | Boulder, CO
Climate Scientist, Climate Central | Princeton, NJ
Associate Program Officer, NAS Division on Earth and Life Studies | Washington, DC
Climate Resilience Analyst, EPRI | Multiple Locations
Alves Martins, M. V., Hohenegger, J., Martinez-Colon, M., Frontalini, F., Bergamashi, S., Laut, L., et al. (2020). Ecological quality status of the NE sector of the Guanabara Bay (Brazil): A case of living benthic foraminiferal resilience. Mar Pollut Bull, 158.

Biswas, H., Zhang, K., Ross, M. S., & Gann, D. (2020). Delineation of Tree Patches in a Mangrove-Marsh Transition Zone by Watershed Segmentation of Aerial Photographs. Remote Sensing, 12(13), 2086.

Costanza, J. K., Watling, J., Sutherland, R., Belyea, C., Dilkina, B., Cayton, H., et al. (2020). Preserving connectivity under climate and land-use change: No one-size-fits-all approach for focal species in similar habitats. Biological Conservation, 248.

Crotty, S. M., Ortals, C., Pettengill, T. M., Shi, L., Olabarrieta, M., Joyce, M. A., et al. (2020). Sea-level rise and the emergence of a keystone grazer alter the geomorphic evolution and ecology of southeast US salt marshes. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 117(30), 17891-17902.

Deitsch, A. M. (2020). Determining the extent of saltwater influence on groundwater in Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park [Poster]. Broward College Student Research Symposium: Environmental Science, Davie, FL.

Gutierrez, M. P., Zuidema, P., Mirsaeidi, M., Campos, M., & Kumar, N. (2020). Association between African Dust Transport and Acute Exacerbations of COPD in Miami. J Clin Med, 9(8).

Han, Y., Ash, K., Mao, L., & Peng, Z. R. (2020). An agent-based model for community flood adaptation under uncertain sea-level rise. Climatic Change.

Houk, P., Yalon, A., Maxin, S., Starsinic, C., McInnis, A., Gouezo, M., et al. (2020). Predicting coral-reef futures from El Nino and Pacific Decadal Oscillation events. Sci Rep, 10(1).

Infanti, J. M., Kirtman, B. P., Aumen, N. G., Stamm, J., & Polsky, C. (2020). Aligning Climate Models With Stakeholder Needs: Advances in Communicating Future Rainfall Uncertainties for South Florida Decision Makers. Earth and Space Science, 7(7).

Jiang, B., Su, H., Liu, K., & Chen, S. (2020). Assessment of Remotely Sensed and Modelled Soil Moisture Data Products in the U.S. Southern Great Plains. Remote Sensing, 12(12).

Lester, S. E., Rassweiler, A., McCoy, S. J., Dubel, A. K., Donovan, M. K., Miller, M. W., et al. (2020). Caribbean reefs of the Anthropocene: Variance in ecosystem metrics indicates bright spots on coral depauperate reefs. Glob Chang Biol, 26, 4785-4799.

Mach, K. J., Adger, W. N., Buhaug, H., Burke, M., Fearon, J. D., Field, C. B., et al. (2020). Directions for Research on Climate and Conflict. Earth's Future, 8(7), e2020EF001532.

Nazarnia, H., Nazarnia, M., Sarmasti, H., & Wills, W. O. (2020). A Systematic Review of Civil and Environmental Infrastructures for Coastal Adaptation to Sea Level Rise. Civil Engineering Journal, 6(7).

Okamoto, D. K., Schroeter, S., & Reed, D. C. (2020). Effects of ocean climate on spatiotemporal variation in sea urchin settlement and recruitmentLimn Oceanogr.

Shahid, M. A., Sarkhosh, A., Khan, N., Balal, R. M., Ali, S., Rossi, L., et al. (2020). Insights into the Physiological and Biochemical Impacts of Salt Stress on Plant Growth and Development. Agronomy, 10(7).

Staub, C., Gilot, A., Pierre, M., Murray, G., & Koenig, R. (2020). Coping with climatic shocks: local perspectives from Haiti's rural mountain regions. Popul Environ.

Storlazzi, C. D., Cheriton, O. M., van Hooidonk, R., Zhao, Z., & Brainard, R. (2020). Internal tides can provide thermal refugia that will buffer some coral reefs from future global warming. Sci Rep, 10(1).

Yao, L., Libera, D. A., Kheimi, M., Sankarasubramanian, A., & Wang, D. (2020). The Roles of Climate Forcing and Its Variability on Streamflow at Daily, Monthly, Annual, and Long-Term Scales. Water Resour. Res., 56(7).

Yu, Q., Ji, W., Pu, R., Landry, S., Acheampong, M., O Neil-Dunne, J., et al. (2020). A preliminary exploration of the cooling effect of tree shade in urban landscapes. Intl J Applied Earth Observation Geoinformation, 92, 102161.

Zampieri, N. E., Zampieri NE, Pau, S., Pau S, Okamoto, D. K., & Okamoto DK. (2020). The impact of Hurricane Michael on longleaf pine habitats in Florida. Sci Rep, 10(1), 8483.

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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