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James W. Jones
Eric P. Chassignet

Coordinators:  Carolyn Cox
Muriel Hannion


Dear FCI Members & Friends,


The FCI is quickly picking up pace in its activities, with several funded projects from state and federal agencies underway. The education, sea level rise, and AR5 climate assessment task forces are also beginning their proceedings. The FCI seminar series has been very popular with its growing audience. This semester we have  several invited speakers outside of FSU and UF for our seminar series. We however continue to encourage our FSU and UF faculty affiliates of FCI to volunteer for this seminar series so that the audience can explore new collaborations for research. Your continued support, enthusiasm, and suggestions for the institute are always welcome.

Vasu Misra 

Vasu Misra,

Co-Chair FCI Steering Committee.


Welcome to our New Members!

We are pleased to welcome our new FCI Affiliate Members:
Andrea Dutton, UF. Geology.
Tom Swihart, private.
- Michael Munroe, UF. Extension and outreach: Agriculture.
- Stefan Gerber, UF. Global Land Biogeochemical Cycles.
- Susan Risko, UF. Hydrology.
- Kati Migliaccio, UF. Hydrology.
- Sobha Jaishankar, UF. Office of Reasearch.
- Bin Gao, UF. Hydrology.
- Mason Mathews, UF. Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
- Kathleen Ruppert, UF. Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
Anthony Oliver-Smith, UF. Anthropology.

- Glenn Landers, US Army Corps of Engineers.

- Robin Globus, UF. PhD candidate, Religion.

Thank you for your support and participation!
FCI Events

FCI Internal Speakers Seminar:

February 3, 2011, 1-2pm
Location: UF's Frazier Rogers Hall, in room 122.
Note: The seminar will be broadcast live via Polycom to FSU-COAPS, in room 220.

Susan Cameron Devitt1:00 pm
Speaker: Susan Cameron Devitt, UF - Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department
Title: "Integrating Current Distribution and Paleoenvironnment to Uncover Patterns of North American Songbird Diversity"

Senthold Asseng1:30 pm
Senthold Asseng, UF - Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Title: "Impact of heat Stress Event on Wheat Yields"



FCI External Speaker Seminar:

February 17, 2011, 1-2pm
FSU-COAPS, in room 220.
Note: The seminar will be broadcast live via Polycom to UF's Frazier Rogers Hall, in room 122.
Dale GriffinSpeaker: Dale Griffin, USGS
Title: "Climate Change And Climate Systems Influence And Control The Atmospheric Dispersion Of Desert Dust: Implications For Human Health"




May 24-27, 2011

Location: Orlando, FL.

Note: CIMR (pronounced "simmer") will emphasize the challenges of applying climate information and predictions at local and regional levels, for regions and locations from around the world.  

CIMR Logo Climate Information for Managing Risks Symposium
Other Events

February 3, 2011:
Gainsville, FL - UF's Emerson Alumni Hall, in room 209. The seminar will be held from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.
Dr. Ariel Dinar is a Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy and Director of the Water Science and Policy Center in the Department of Environmental Sciences at University of California, Riverside.
Dr Ariel Dinar will be giving a seminar titled "Would Climate Change Really Affect the Cooperation and Stability of International Water Treaties?".

March 1-4, 2011:
Location: Des Moines, IA
Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop

March 30-31, 2011:
Location: Washington, DC
Defense, National Security & Climate Change: Mitigating Risks and Seizing Opportunities in a Rapidly Changing Global Environment

March 31-April 2, 2011:

Location: Washington, DC

National Academy of Sciences announces Fostering Advances in Interdisciplinary Climate Science organized by Rita Colwell, Christopher Field, Jeffrey Shaman, and Susan Solomon.

May 16-27, 2011:
New York, NY
Summer Institute on Climate Information for Public Health at Columbia University

June 15-July 1, 2011 (Application deadline: March 11, 2011):

Location: Ashville, NC

 Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-NC announcing Summer Institute on Climate Change

October 22-29, 2011 (Application Deadline: March 7, 2011)

Location: La Foret Conference and Retreat Center Colorado Springs, CO

DISCCRS VI Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium

Dedicated to the memory of Stephen H. Schneider.

Recent Publications

Bartels, W., et al, 2010: Diversity livelihood systems, strengthening social networks and rewarding environmental stewardship among small-scale producers in the Brazilian Amazon: lessons from Proambiente.

Payments for Environmental Services, Forest Conservation and Climate Change, L. Tacconi, S. Mahanty and H. Sulch, Eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 82-105.  


Convertino, M., J. B. Elsner, R. Muņoz-Carpena, G. A. Kiker, C. J. Martinez, R. A. Fischer, I. Linkov, 2011: Do Tropical Cyclones Shape Shorebird Habitat Patterns? Biogeoclimatology of Snowy Plovers in Florida. PLoS ONE 6(1): e15683. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015683.

Dukhovskoy, D., and S. Morey, 2010: Simulation of the Hurricane Dennis storm surge and considerations for vertical resolutionNatural Hazards, doi:10.1007/s11069-010-9684-5.

Stefanova, L., V. Misra, J. J. O'Brien, E. P. Chassignet, S. Hameed, 2011: Hindcast skill and predictability for precipitation and two-meter air temperature anomalies in global circulation models over the Southeast United StatesClimate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-010-0988-7.
Recent Presentations

Elsner, J.: On the Increasing Intensity of the Strongest Hurricanes. FCI Internal Speakers Seminar - January 13, 2011 - Tallahassee, FL.

Ruhl, J. B.: Climate Change Mitigation and (or Versus?) Adaptation. FCI Internal Speakers Seminar - January 13, 2011 - Tallahassee, FL.

O'Brien, J.: Optimum Big Rain Indicator of Extremes for SE USA. FCI Internal Speakers Seminar - January 13, 2011 - Tallahassee, FL.

Dr. Lynn Scarlett: "Climate Adaptation: Science, Collaboration and Communities". The seminar was co-hosted by the FCI and the UF Office of Sustainability - January 25, 2011 - Gainsville, FL.

Funding Opportunities

The Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs have released RFPs for regional research initiatives that total nearly $2.3 million in funding opportunities. Funding partners include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program.
More information here. Pre-proposal deadline, February 25, 2011.

NSF Call for proposals:

Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating, research Related to the Science of Broadening, Participation.

 In a joint announcement, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and NSF call for proposals to advance basic research in engineering and the social, behavioral, and economic sciences on enhancing disaster resilience in rural communities.

Here is the link to the Dynamics of Coupled Human and Natural Systems opportunity from NSF. The next proposal is due on Nov 15, 2011. There are 3 categories of funding in the program, then max goes up to only $1.5 million and from 2-5 years. A number of researchers may have interest in this opportunity, including coastal systems, land use change involving ag, urbanization, natural systems and feedbacks that occur.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing the development of assessments, tools and techniques, and demonstration of innovative technologies for providing information and capacity to adequately prepare for climate-induced changes in extreme events in the context of air and water quality management. A goal of this RFA is to seek a better understanding of the hazards (the extreme events) and to
establish ways for climate scientists, impact assessment modelers, air and water quality managers, and other stakeholders to co-produce information necessary to form sound policy in relation to extreme events and their impact on air and water quality under a changing climate. In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career projects. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs.
Please see Section III of this Request for Applications (RFA) for details on the early career eligibility criteria.

Job Opportunities

The U.S. Geological Survey is advertising for three regional climate science center leader positions to be located in Raleigh, NC, Corvallis, OR, and Anchorage, AK. The positions are open to all sources and the application deadline is Friday, February 11, 2011.
For more information, please search for the following positions at www.usajobs.gov
  • Raleigh, NC - job number GS-401, GS-408, GS-1301 (ATL-2011-0263-DEU-MP) 
  • Corvallis, OR - job number GS-401, GS-408, GS-1301 (ATL-2011-0261-DEU-MP) 
  • Anchorage, AK - job number GS-401, GS-408, GS-1301 (ATL-2011-0259-DEU-MP)
The University of Maryland's Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) is seeking qualified applicants for a tenured full Professor position pertaining to climate applications and decision support. The position also carries the title of Director of CIRUN (Climate Information: Responding to User Needs), a campus-wide initiative.
Please see the cover letter, the position description and the CIRUN brochure.

Other News

 FCI in the News - WCTV: 

"Florida Climate Institute Aims to Educate
The Florida Climate Institute at FSU, in partnership with UF, aims to educate Floridians on the importance of climate."
With Vasu Misra.


A new journal:

Nature Climate Change, which becomes available in print from April 2011, aims to be the world's leading research journal for documenting new scientific discoveries about how we will experience and respond to the challenges of a changing climate. With our online submission system now open, we are calling for original research articles from the natural and social science communities, in subject areas from atmospheric physics to psychology and policy. Central to the journal's mission, and to addressing climate change, is reaching beyond traditional academic boundaries, and bringing together diverse expertise and perspectives. As such, Nature Climate Change especially encourages the submission of interdisciplinary climate research.

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