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Newsletter                                                 November 2014
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Pumps Keep King Tide at Bay This Year
Along South Florida's coast a yearly event known as the King Tide has become an inconvenience to residents--the abnormally high tide pushes into sewage pipes and drowns roads in its path. The pumps have minimized the flooding to a more manageable amount; however, this temporary solution may not be the correct way to solve a progressing problem. More >
Southeast Regional Compact Sea Level Rise Working Group Reconvened
In light of this year's IPCC Report from NOAA, revised Sea Level Rise (SLR) Considerations from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the 2014 National Climate Assessment SLR projections, the SE Florida Regional Climate Change Compact SLR Working Group is reconvening to update their projections through 2100. More >
FCI @ UF Awards Faculty Fellows for 2014-15
Dr. Jane Southworth and Jonathan Dain received this year's award for their superior contributions to the FCI and its programs on the UF campus and abroad. Both fellows receive a 3 year stipend in recognition of their efforts in climate research, education, and outreach. More >

Florida Center for Environmental Studies Welcomes New Director
Dr. Colin Polsky joins FAU as Professor of Geosciences and successor to Dr. Leonard Berry, who founded CES in 1994 and remains active as Emeritus Professor of Geosciences. Dr. Polsky has joined Dr. Berry on the Executive Board of the FCI. More >
New Funding at FAMU Center for Water and Air Quality
Dr. Odemari Mbuya has received funding for 2 new projects from USDA-Forest Service: (1) Influence of Forest Management Alternatives on Soil Water Relationships in the Panhandle Region of Florida ($59,500) and (2) Forest Soil Seed Bank and Vegetation Management in Apalachicola National Forest ($50,000).
New Funding at UF Geological Sciences
Dr. Andrea Dutton has received funding from NSF for a project titled "CIF21 DIBBS: Cyberinfrastructure for Interpreting and Archiving U-Series Geochronologic Data." Uranium-series geochronology plays a critical role in understanding the time-scales and rates of climate change, sea-level change, and volcanic activity.

$800K in Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering Scholarships Available at FAMU
Each year from 2014 to 2018, 14-16 high school and college students will receive scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $16,000 dollars. More >
Save the Date: Feb. 20, 2015, Seminar at UF w/ Dr. Michael Gerrard
Dr. Gerrard is a prolific writer in environmental law and climate change and has written or edited 11 books, including "Global Change the U.S. Law." More >
Call for Abstracts: International Conference on Global Food Security
Abstracts are due May 8, 2015, for the conference, which will be held Oct. 11-14, 2015, in Ithaca, NY. More >
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Other Events

Nov 6-7, 2014 | MIT Climate CoLab Conference: Crowds & Climate: From Ideas to Action | Cambridge, MA

Nov 13-14, 2014 | Conference: Sea Level Rise and the Future of Coastal Cities | Boston, MA

Nov 18-20, 2014 | Southeast Climate Consortium Fall Planning Meeting | Auburn, AL

Funding Opportunities


FCI authors are in bold.


Gibbes, C., Southworth, J., Waylen, P., & Child, B. (2014). Climate variability as a dominant driver of post-disturbance savanna dynamics. Applied Geography, 53, 389-401.

Gornish, E. S. (2014). Demographic effects of warming, elevated soil nitrogen and thinning on the colonization of a perennial plant. Popul Ecol, 56(4), 645-656.

Johnson, B., Kumar, V., & Krishnamurti, T. N. (2014). Rainfall anomaly prediction using statistical downscaling in a multimodel superensemble over tropical South America. Clim Dyn, 43(7-8), 1731-1752.

Koch, M. S., Coronado, C., Miller, M. W., Rudnick, D. T., Stabenau, E., Halley, R. B., et al. (2014). Climate change projected effects on coastal foundation communities of the greater Everglades using a 2060 scenario: need for a new management paradigm. Environmental Management.

Park, T. - W., Deng, Y., Cai, M., Jeong, J. - H., & Zhou, R. (2014). A dissection of the surface temperature biases in the Community Earth System Model. Clim Dyn, 43(7-8), 2043-2059.

Stephens, S. H., DeLorme, D. E., & Hagen, S. C. (2014). An analysis of the narrative-building features of interactive sea level rise viewers. Science Communication.

Tsai, H., Southworth, J., & Waylen, P. (2014). Spatial persistence and temporal patterns in vegetation cover across Florida, 1982-2006. Physical Geography, 35(2), 151-180.

Uejio, C. K., Yale, S. H., Malecki, K., Borchardt, M. A., Anderson, H. A., & Patz, J. A. (2014). Drinking Water Systems, Hydrology, and Childhood Gastrointestinal Illness in Central and Northern Wisconsin. Am J Public Health, 104(4), 639-646.

Weng, F., & Zou, X. (2014). 30-Year atmospheric temperature record derived by one-dimensional variational data assimilation of MSU/AMSU-A observations. Clim Dyn, 43(7-8), 1857-1870.

Wooten, A., Smith, K., Boyles, R., Terando, A. J., Stefanova, L., Misra, V., Smith, T., et al. (2014). Downscaled climate projections for the Southeast United States: evaluation and use for ecological applications. Reston, VA: U.S. Geological Survey.

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