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Researchers Find Reasons behind Increases in Urban Flooding
While investigating the increasing risk of 'compound flooding' for major U.S. cities, a team of researchers led by Thomas Wahl (USF) have found that flooding risk is greatest for cities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts when strong storm surge and high rainfall amounts occur together. More >
Evidence From Past Suggests Climate Trends Could Yield 20-foot Sea-level Rise
Research led by Andrea Dutton (UF) and published in Science shows that, when past temperatures were similar to or slightly higher than the present global average, sea levels rose at least 20 feet, suggesting a similar outcome could be in store if current climate trends continue. More >
Study Finds Abrupt Climate Change May Have Rocked the Cradle of Civilization
Some of the earliest civilizations in the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent may have been affected by abrupt climate change, according to research led by scientists at the University of Miami and published in Quaternary Science Reviews. More >

Pacific Reef Growth Can Match Rising Sea
The coral reefs that have protected Pacific Islanders from storm waves for thousands of years could grow rapidly enough to keep up with escalating sea levels if ocean temperatures do not rise too quickly, according to a study led by Rob van Woesik (FIT) and published in Royal Society Open Science. More >
White House Selects FIU to Host Climate Resilience Seminar
The White House's Council on Environmental Quality named Florida International University as the host for its first FEMA seminar on developing locally relevant exercises supporting community resilience to climate change. The August seminar will focus on climate adaptation, preparedness and resilience. More >
Recap: Resilient Redesign II Event
On July 20-22, the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact held its second Resilient Redesign event in partnership with several FCI universities. The FAU Davie campus hosted the event with over 55 participants who gathered to develop solutions for sites in Key West, Hollywood, and Delray Beach, each with their own unique characteristics and challenges. More >
Thomas Ruppert Keynote Speaker at 3rd Annual Sea Level Rise Symposium
Ruppert is Florida Sea Grant's Coastal Planning Specialist. The August 1 event was held in Key West and sponsored by the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach, the Oxbridge Academy, and the Youth Environmental Alliance. Event Website > 
Energy Education Library
The Program for Resource Efficient Communities have developed fact sheets on the topics of energy, water, and climate for the Florida Energy Systems Consortium. These fact sheets are housed on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service's My Florida Home Energy website. Access Library > 
Private Sector Report on Climate Risk in Southeast U.S. & Texas
The Risky Business Project, a private sector group co-chaired by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, has released a new report titled "Come Heat and High Water: Climate Risk in the Southeastern U.S. and Texas." Report Website > 
Other Events

Sep 9-11, 2015 | US CLIVAR Virtual Workshop: Observing & Modeling Climate Variability in the Intra-Americas Seas & Impacts on the Continental Americas & the Caribbean | Online

Oct 11-14, 2015 | 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security | Ithaca, NY

Oct 15-16, 2015 | US CLIVAR Workshop: Translating Process Understanding to Improve Climate Models | Princeton, NJ

Oct 27-28, 2015 | Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation for Conservation Training & Coaching Session | Memphis, TN

Nov 12-13, 2015 | Rising Seas Summit | Cambridge, MA

May 9-13, 2016 | US-Netherlands Connection (USNC) Professional Program | The Netherlands

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program | Due Sep 22, 2015

FCI authors are in bold.


Beerens, J. M., Noonburg, E. G., & Gawlik, D. E. (2015). Linking Dynamic Habitat Selection with Wading Bird Foraging Distributions across Resource Gradients. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0128182.


Dutton, A., Carlson, A. E., Long, A. J., Milne, G. A., Clark, P. U., DeConto, R., et al. (2015). Sea-level rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss during past warm periods. Science, 349(6244).


Elsner, J. B., Elsner, S. C., & Jagger, T. H. (2015). The increasing efficiency of tornado days in the United States. Clim Dyn, 45(3-4), 651-659.


Havens, K. (2015). Climate Change and Ecosystem Services of Florida's Largest Water Body: Lake Okeechobee. Florida Sea Grant College Program, UF/IFAS Extension.


Havens, K. (2015). Climate Change and the Occurrence of Harmful Microorganisms in Florida's Ocean and Coastal Waters. Gainesville, FL: Florida Sea Grant College Program, UF/IFAS Extension.


Havens, K. (2015). Climate Change: Effects on Salinity in Florida's Estuaries and Responses of Oysters, Seagrass, and Other Animal and Plant Life. Florida Sea Grant College Program, UF/IFAS Extension.


Jaap, W. C., Ross, S. W., Brooke, S., & Arnold, W. S. (2014). Factors affecting coral reef fisheries in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. In S. A. Bortone (Ed.), Interrelationships Between Corals and Fisheries (pp. 83-112). CRC Press.


Johnston, D. C., Turetsky, M. R., Benscoter, B. W., & Wotton, B. M. (2015). Fuel load, structure, and potential fire behaviour in black spruce bogs. Can. J. For. Res., 45(7), 888-899.


Miller, T. E. (2015). Effects of disturbance on vegetation by sand accretion and erosion across coastal dune habitats on a barrier island. AoB PLANTS, 7, plv003.


Sharifi, A., Pourmand, A., Canuel, E. A., Ferer-Tyler, E., Peterson, L. C., Aichner, B., Feakins, S. J., Daryaee, T., Djamali, M., Beni, A. N., Lahijani, H. A. K., & Swart, P. K. (2015). Abrupt climate variability since the last deglaciation based on a high-resolution, multi-proxy peat record from NW Iran: The hand that rocked the Cradle of Civilization? Quaternary Science Reviews, 123, 215-230.


Sura, P., & Hannachi, A. (2015). Perspectives of Non-Gaussianity in Atmospheric Synoptic and Low-Frequency Variability. J. Climate, 28(13), 5091-5114.


Uejio, C. K., Tamerius, J. D., Vredenburg, J., Asaeda, G., Isaacs, D. A., Braun, J., et al. (2015). Summer indoor heat exposure and respiratory and cardiovascular distress calls in New York City, NY, U.S. Indoor Air, early online release.


van Woesik, R., Golbuu, Y., & Roff, G. (2015). Keep up or drown: adjustment of western Pacific coral reefs to sea-level rise in the 21st century. R. Soc. open sci., 2(7), 150181.


Villano, R., Bravo-Ureta, B., Solís, D., & Fleming, E. (2015). Modern Rice Technologies and Productivity in the Philippines: Disentangling Technology from Managerial Gaps. J Agric Econ, 66(1), 129-154.


Wahl, T., Jain, S., Bender, J., Meyers, S. D., & Luther, M. E. (2015). Increasing risk of compound flooding from storm surge and rainfall for major US cities. Nature Climate Change, early online release.  

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