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Thawing Permafrost Feeds Climate Change
Carbon, held in frozen permafrost soils for tens of thousands of years, is being released as Arctic regions of the Earth warm and is further fueling global climate change, according to Dr. Robert Spencer (FSU). More >
Animal Adaptation to Cold Snaps
As the earth sees more extreme weather conditions in both summer and winter, Dr. Alison Gerken (UF) and colleagues have found that insects and possibly other animals may be able to acclimate and rapidly evolve in the face of this current climate change. More >
New Projections of Coral Bleaching
While research shows that nearly all coral reef locations in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico will experience bleaching by mid-century, a new study led by Dr. Ruben van Hooidonk (UM/NOAA AOML) shows in detail when and where bleaching will occur and projects great variety in the timing and location of these harmful effects. More >

Additional Notes
Drs. Peter Jacques and Stephen Medeiros (UCF) appeared in an episode of WUCFTV's Metro Center Outlook titled "Climate Change & Rising Sea Levels." View episode >

Dr. Clyde Fraisse (UF) received a grant from USDA-NASS for a project titled "AgroClimate Crop Yield Risk Monitoring System: NE Pilot."

Florida Sea Grant has launched an awareness campaign with Florida Trend reports titled "Florida's Changing Seas." More > 
Wanted: Economic Models and Communication Strategies
Last month, the FCI met with the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact to discuss collaborative opportunities, including the need to develop climate change economic models, risk assessment information, and communication strategies. More >
Faculty Awards
Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena (top left; UF) has been elected Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain and ASABE Fellow, and is also receiving ASABE's Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award. More >

Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera (top right; FAU/SFWMD) is receiving ASCE's Norman Medal and the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering's "Best Paper" recognition. More >
Other Events

May 3-5, 2015 | ASABE 1st Climate Change Symposium: Adaptation and Mitigation | Chicago, IL

May 7-8, 2015 | Transportation for Sustainability-An International Conference | Washington, DC

May 11-15, 2015 | Data Harmonization Workshop | Beltsville, MD

EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study | Due May 19, 2015

EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study | Due May 26, 2015

EPA 2015 South FL Initiative | Due Jun 4, 2015


Research Hydrologist / Meteorologist / Civil Engineer | USDA | Tucson, AZ | Open until Filled

Water Resources Manager | Broward County | Ft Lauderdale, FL | Open until Filled

Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Postdoctoral Fellowships | UCAR | Various Host Institutions | Apply By May 15, 2015

FCI authors are in bold.


Ali, M. M., Nagamani, P. V., Sharma, N., Venu Gopal, R. T., Rajeevan, M., Goni, G. J., & Bourassa, M. A. (2015). Relationship between ocean mean temperatures and Indian summer monsoon rainfall: Ocean mean temperature and Indian summer monsoon rainfall. Atmos. Sci. Lett., early online release.


Catano, C. P., Romanach, S. S., Beerens, J. M., Pearlstine, L. G., Brandt, L. A., Hart, K. M., Mazzotti, F. J., & Trexler, J. C. (2015). Using Scenario Planning to Evaluate the Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife Populations and Communities in the Florida Everglades. Environmental Management, 55(4), 807-823.


Fraisse, C. W., Braun, G., Lusher, W., & Staudt, L. (2015). Your farm weather station: Installation and maintenance guidelines (Vol. EDIS AE502). Gainesville, FL: University of Florida IFAS Extension.


Gerken, A. R., Eller, O. C., Hahn, D. A., & Morgan, T. J. (2015). Constraints, independence, and evolution of thermal plasticity: Probing genetic architecture of long- and short-term thermal acclimation. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 112(14), 4399-4404.


Ishtiaq, K. S., & Abdul-Aziz, O. I. (2015). Relative Linkages of Canopy-Level CO2 Fluxes with the Climatic and Environmental Variables for US Deciduous Forests. Environmental Management, 55(4), 943-960.


Kearney, K. A., Butler, M., Glazer, R., Kelble, C. R., Serafy, J. E., & Stabenau, E. (2015). Quantifying Florida Bay Habitat Suitability for Fishes and Invertebrates Under Climate Change Scenarios. Environmental Management, 55(4), 836-856.


Orem, W., Newman, S., Osborne, T. Z., & Reddy, K. R. (2015). Projecting Changes in Everglades Soil Biogeochemistry for Carbon and Other Key Elements, to Possible 2060 Climate and Hydrologic Scenarios. Environmental Management, 55(4), 776-798.


Solís, D., del Corral, J., Perruso, L., & Agar, J. J. (2015). Individual fishing quotas and fishing capacity in the US Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery. Aust J Agric Resour Econ, 59(2), 288-307.


Spencer, R. G. M., Mann, P. J., Dittmar, T., Eglinton, T. I., McIntyre, C., Holmes, R. M., et al. (2015). Detecting the Signature of Permafrost Thaw in Arctic Rivers. Geophys. Res. Lett., early online release.


Tian, D., Asseng, S., Martinez, C. J., Misra, V., Cammarano, D., & Ortiz, B. V. (2015). Does decadal climate variation influence wheat and maize production in the southeast USA? Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 204, 1-9.


Torres, C. M. M. E., Kohmann, M. M., & Fraisse, C. W. (2015). Quantification of greenhouse gas emissions for carbon neutral farming in the Southeastern USA. Agricultural Systems, 137, 64-75.


van Hooidonk, R., Maynard, J. A., Liu, Y., & Lee, S. - K. (2015). Downscaled projections of Caribbean coral bleaching that can inform conservation planning. Glob Change Biol, early online release.


Yang, Y., Ren, R., Cai, M., & Rao, J. (2015). Attributing analysis on the model bias in surface temperature in the climate system model FGOALS-s2 through a process-based decomposition method. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 32(4), 457-469.

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