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Research spotline: Regional Downscaling for the Southeast United States
By Lydia Stefanova, FCI Member and FSU-COAPS Assistant Research Scientist   


Researchers throughout Florida have been expressing a need for high-resolution regional climate and climate projection datasets for quite a while. I am delighted to introduce to you our new arrival: the COAPS Regional Downscaling for the Southeast United States. We are providing hourly model output (surface temperature, precipitation and much more) at a 10km resolution, for two categories of simulations: (a) downscaling of Global Reanalyses (sub-project CLARReS10) for the period 1979-2000, and (b) downscaling of three Global Climate Models (sub-project CLAREnCE10) for the periods 1968-2000 and 2038-2070. This is a uniquely detailed and comprehensive dataset that, we hope, would be useful as the climate driver to a range of hydrological and ecological modeling studies. The downscaling procedure has been successfully validated in a peer-reviewed publication. We invite you to visit the CLARReS10/CLAREnCE10 datasets here. Let us know what you think! 

FCI Events   


March 14, 2012 │FCI Brown Bag Seminar 12:30pm - 1:30pm  

12:30pm - Dr. Paul Ruscher - Associate Professor of Meteorology, FSU Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science
Title: The Crises in Climate Change Education - Florida and US issues

Facebook Icon1:00pm - Dr. Vasu Misra - Assistant Professor of Meteorology, FSU Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science
Title: Understanding climate change in the southeast US from (recent) past, present and future

FSU, COAPS room 220
The seminar will be projected at UF 122 Frazier Rogers Hall. 



March 29, 2012 FCI Distinguished Scholar Seminars    

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Dr. Gerald Nelson - Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).




1:00pm - 2:00pm:  

Title: Should I worry about Climate Change?

Location: UF, 282 Reitz Union

The seminar will be webcast.  

6:30pm - 7:30pm:   

An evening lecture co-sponsored by the UF Office of Sustainability as part of their "Food for Thought" lecture series will be held, it is open to the public.

Title: Food Security in a Warming World
Location: UF, Carlton Hall

April 4, 2012 │FCI Brown Bag Seminar 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Facebook Icon Dr. Ming Cai - Professor of Meteorology, FSU Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science   


Tittle: TBA  

Location: FSU,  COAPS room 220  

The seminar will be projected at UF 122 Frazier Rogers Hall.



April 5, 2012 │FCI Distinguished Scholar Seminar 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Facebook IconDr. Benjamin Horton - Associate Professor, Pennsylvania University Department of Earth and Environmental Science


Title: Millennial Scale Sea-Level Changes 

Location: UF, Smathers Library 1A

The seminar will be webcast

FCI News


FSU Project received NSF grant to work on Equatorial Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Ocean Interannual Flow 
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Professor Allan Clarke and Assistant Scientist Lucia Bunge 
FCI Member and FSU Professor Allan Clarke, with Assistant Scientist Lucia Bunge received a NSF grant to work on a new project "Understanding

Observed Equatorial Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Ocean Interannual Flow Using Theory and High Resolution ECCO2 Model Results". Fundamental to an understanding of El Ni´┐Żo/Southern Oscillation climate fluctuations is an understanding of the anomalous equatorial Pacific surface flows which move the surface waters and change the sea surface temperature. Through the advent of accurate satellite altimeter measurements from late 1992 to the present, they now have an unprecedented opportunity to examine these flows not just in the Pacific, but also in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. The main goal of this project will be to describe the anomalous equatorial surface flows in all three ocean basins and understand major aspects of them using theory and the dynamically consistent high resolution ECCO2 global numerical model. The scientific community is beginning to take advantage of the ECCO2 global ocean model, and a secondary benefit of the analysis will be the evaluation of the accuracy of this model and its dynamics near the equator in all three ocean basins. The foundational knowledge gained during this project should be helpful to the many scientists who will analyze future long records of equatorial climate data gathered in the multinational Atlantic Ocean PIRATA and Indian Ocean RAMA observational programs.



UF Projects received NOAA Sea Level Rise Planning grants 

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Shell Mound in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, Levy County 
Research on global systems suggests that coastal communities and regions are becoming increasingly vulnerable to sea level rise and climate change. As a result, researchers and practitioners are developing processes, tools, and strategies for adapting to future impacts. Building on existing and previous UF research, three sea level rise adaptation planning projects "Development of Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning Procedures and Tools Using NOAA Sea Level Rise Impacts Viewer", "A Spatial-Temporal Econometric Model to Estimate Costs and Benefits of Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies", "Rural Coastal Region Adaptation Planning for Sea Level Rise" led by DCP faculty, Zhong-Ren Peng, Kathryn Frank and Dawn Jourda recently received funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Florida and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant programs.




FCI Recent Presentation

FCI Brown Bag Seminar - February 15, 2012 - Tallahassee, FL:

Hu, B.: Simulating Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport in Karst Aquifers with Conduits

Publications and reports   


Harris, K., F. Seballos, P. Silva Villanueva, and P. Curmi, 2012: Changing Climate, Changing Disasters: Pathways Towards Integration. Strengthening Climate Resilience, Brighton, IDS.


ICLEI, 2011: Climate Communication for Local Governments. 26 pp.


Lambeck, K., A. Purcell, and A. Dutton, 2012: The anatomy of interglacial sea levels: The relationship between sea levels and ice volumes during the Last Interglacial. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 315-316, 4-11, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.08.026.

Lubchenco, J., and T. Karl, 2012: Predicting and Managing Extreme Weather Events. Physics Today, 65, 31-37.

Shin, D. W., & Baigorria, G. A., 2012: Potential influence of land development patterns on regional climate: a summer case study in the Central Florida. Natural Hazards, doi: 10.1007/s11069-012-0118-4.

Other Events


Mar 13-15, 2012 | NOAA's 10th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW) | Miami, FL


April 2-7, 2012 | Communicating Climate Science in the Classroom | Online Workshop  


April 16-22, 2012 | 6th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change | Vietnam

April 22-26, 2012 | NatureServe's Annual Biodiversity without Boundaries Conference  | Portland, OR

May 7-16, 2012 | Teaching Climate Complexity | Online Workshop     

May 17-20, 2012 | Environmental Pollution and Public Health  | Shanghai, China   


May 23-25, 2012 | Programs that bring together Geoscience and Sustainability | Palo Alto, CA   


May 27 - June 1, 2012 | 21st Century Watershed Technology Conference and Workshops | Bari, Italy 


June 2 - 6, 2012 | Teaching Environmental Geology Workshop | Bozeman, MT


June 21-22, 2012Risk and Response: Seal Level Rise Summit, the Future of Florida and the Coasts│Boca Raton, FL     


More upcoming events here

Data Resources and Information


The Florida Climate Center 

As you all know, the Florida Climate Center (FCC) has teamed up with the University of Florida and Florida State University and plays an important and active role in the FCI.

Work has been completed on the new FCC website design and layout. The website, which will go live this month, will be streamlined and easier to navigate than the current site. In addition, a new interactive data visualization tool has been added, which allows users to examine data from about 100 long-term stations across the state. Also added, is a feature that will allow users to download data (temperature and precipitation) from the same stations. Check out their new website: http://climatecenter.fsu.edu.

NOAA - Atlantic Hurricane Database available
The 2011 Atlantic basin hurricane database is now available. 
Additional data/information is available here.

Current Sea-Level Rise litterature
A new annotated bibliography of current sea level rise literature, by Linhossa, A.C., Gardner Chambersb L., Wozniakc K., and Ankersen T., pertaining specifically to Florida was submitted to the National Climate Assessment. The bibliography includes summaries of 53 peer-reviewed articles from physical, biological, and social sciences.

Funding Opportunities

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences: ROSES 2012

This NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences. Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware). Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intraagency transfers depending on the nature of the proposing organization and/or program requirements. The typical period of performance for an award is four years, although a few programs may specify shorter or longer (maximum of five years) periods. Organizations of everytype, domestic and foreign, Government and private, for profit and not-for-profit, may submit proposals without restriction on teaming arrangements.

Click here to read the detailed description of over 50 grant proposals.
Employment Opportunities 
Hydrogeologist | Kansas Geological Survey - The University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist: Candidate interested in any aspect of oceanic turbulence measurements, small-scale air-sea interactions, mixing and dispersion under wavy interface or oceanic boundary layer dynamics (position #9748) | Texas A&M | Corpus Christi, TX  

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in Climate Model Analysis | The Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies    
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