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Newsletter                                                  January 2016
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COP21 Yields Ambitious Climate Agreement
More than 190 countries came together in December and adopted the most ambitious climate change agreement in history! We received several great blog posts from FIU's Juliet Pintoand Ryan Stoa as they reported from Paris on the events/meetings that occurred during COP21. Some of their individual posts can be found hereMore >
Study Shows Climate Change Rapidly Warming World's Lakes
Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new study spanning six continents. The study authors, including Karl Havens (UF), showed that lakes are warming an average of 0.6° F each decade, which is greater than the warming rate of either the oceans or the atmosphere. More >
Corals May Fare Better in Turbid Waters
New research from Chris Cacciapaglia and Rob van Woesik (FIT) shows that corals may survive better in warm oceans where the water is clouded by floating particles. The study shows that moderate levels of turbidity - cloudy water - could lower stress by shading the corals from extremely high light. More >
1/11: Lecture w/ Pedro Sanchez & Cheryl Palm of Columbia University's Earth Institute (Gainesville & Online
Cheryl Palm, Senior Research Scientist and Director of Research at Columbia's AgCenter, will discuss "Agricultural Intensification: Assessing Tradeoffs and Synergies." Pedro Sanchez, Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia, will discuss "Cuba's Search for Food Security." The event will be broadcast LIVE ONLINE
at 1:00pm ET. More >
1/21: Lecture w/ Susan Hassol: Telling the Climate Change Story (Orlando)
The University of Central Florida will host Susan Hassol, Director of Climate Communication, a non-profit that helps climate scientists communicate more effectively. Susan was the Senior Science Writer and communication strategist on all three U.S. National Climate Assessments. The event will be held 12:00PM - 1:00PM ET at the UCF Student Union, RM 218. More >
1/21: Seminar w/ Andrea Dutton: What the Past Can Teach Us about Sea-level Rise due to Polar Ice-sheet Mass Loss (Gainesville & Online)
In order to better understand the sensitivity of polar ice sheets to rising temperatures and to determine the potential rates of sea-level rise associated with ice-sheet retreat in Greenland and Antarctica, Andrea Dutton (UF) will draw on evidence from past warm periods in the geologic record when sea level was higher than present. Watch LIVE ONLINE at 3:30pm ET. More >

FAMU Promotes Climate Action Initiatives
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama pledging to solidify FAMU as a leading university in climate action. As part of Mangum's climate leadership commitment, she pledged that FAMU will develop a Climate Action Plan by May 2016, make carbon neutrality and climate resilience a part of the curriculum, expand research in climate science, and establish community partnerships to implement strategies for reducing carbon dependency on campus and in the surrounding community. More >
Focus On South Florida: Climate Change Talks & Sea Level Rise
CBS Miami's Focus on South Florida segment recently featured Florida International University's Tiffany Troxler, Director of the FIU Sea Level Solutions Center, and Henry Briceņo, Associate Researcher at FIU's Southeastern Environmental Research. The discussion occurred during the middle of the COP21 climate change talks in Paris, after President Obama recently cited Miami Beach as a specific example of why the US should commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. More >
FIU Artist-in-Residence Brings Climate Change Talks to Hialeah
Xavier Cortada, artist-in-residence at FIU, has brought the climate conversation home to South Florida with CLIMA, his solo exhibit on climate change and sea-level rise at Hialeah's Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment. The exhibit included 12 days of panel discussions, which were well-represented by FIU faculty, including Tiffany Troxler, Director of the FIU Sea Level Solutions Center. The exhibit will continue until January 29, 2016. More >

Florida Events

Other Events

Funding Opportunities
FCI affiliates and/or authors from FCI member universities are in bold.
Anderegg, W. R. L., Hicke, J. A., ... Lichstein, J. W., et al. (2015). Tree mortality from drought, insects, and their interactions in a changing climate. New Phytol, 208(3), 674-683.

Battisti, M., Delgado, M. S., & Parmeter, C. F. (2015). Evolution of the global distribution of carbon dioxide: A finite mixture analysis. Resource and Energy Economics, 42, 31-52.

Bilskie, M. V., Coggin, D., Hagen, S. C., & Medeiros, S. C. (2015). Terrain-driven unstructured mesh development through semi-automatic vertical feature extraction. Advances in Water Resources, 86, 102-118.

Cacciapaglia, C., & van Woesik, R. (2015). Climate-change refugia: shading reef corals by turbidity. Glob Change Biol, doi:10.1111/gcb.13166.

Cid-Serrano, L., Ramirez, S. M., Alfaro, E. J., & Enfield, D. B. (2015). Analysis of the Latin American west coast rainfall predictability using an ENSO index. Atmosfera, 28(3), 191-203.

Davis, J. L., Currin, C. A., O'Brien, C., Raffenburg, C., Davis, A., & Li, B. (2015). Living Shorelines: Coastal Resilience with a Blue Carbon Benefit. PLoS ONE, 10(11), e0142595.

Devkota, K. P., Hoogenboom, G., Boote, K. J., Singh, U., Lamers, J. P. A., Devkota, M., et al. (2015). Simulating the impact of water saving irrigation and conservation agriculture practices for rice-wheat systems in the irrigated semi-arid drylands of Central Asia. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 214-215, 266-280.

Erb, M. P., Broccoli, A. J., Graham, N. T., Clement, A. C., Wittenberg, A. T., & Vecchi, G. A. (2015). Response of the Equatorial Pacific Seasonal Cycle to Orbital Forcing. J. Climate, 28(23), 9258-9276.

Feller, I. C., Dangremond, E. M., Devlin, D. J., Lovelock, C. E., Proffitt, C. E., & Rodriguez, W. (2015). Nutrient enrichment intensifies hurricane impact in scrub mangrove ecosystems in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA. Ecology, 96(11), 2960-2972.

Fujisaki, I., Mazzotti, F. J., Watling, J., Krysko, K. L., & Escribano, Y. (2015). Geographic risk assessment reveals spatial variation in invasion potential of exotic reptiles in an invasive species hotspot. Herpetological Conservation And Biology, 10(2), 621-632.

Goodwin, W. M. (2015). Global Climate Modeling as Applied Science. J Gen Philos Sci, 46(2), 339-350.

Gouezo, M., Golbuu, Y., van Woesik, R., Rehm, L., Koshiba, S., & Doropoulos, C. (2015). Impact of two sequential super typhoons on coral reef communities in Palau. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 540, 73-85.

Havens, K. E., & Paerl, H. W. (2015). Climate Change at a Crossroad for Control of Harmful Algal Blooms. Environ. Sci. Technol., 49(21), 12605-12606.

Hicks Pries, C. E., van Logtestijn, R. S. P., Schuur, E. A. G., Natali, S. M., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Aerts, R., et al. (2015). Decadal warming causes a consistent and persistent shift from heterotrophic to autotrophic respiration in contrasting permafrost ecosystems. Glob Change Biol, 21(12), 4508-4519.

Huang, Y., & Gerber, S. (2015). Global soil nitrous oxide emissions in a dynamic carbon-nitrogen model. Biogeosciences, 12(21), 6405-6427.

Khorsand Rosa, R., Oberbauer, S. F., Starr, G., Parker La Puma, I., Pop, E., Ahlquist, L., & Baldwin, T. (2015). Plant phenological responses to a long-term experimental extension of growing season and soil warming in the tussock tundra of Alaska. Glob Change Biol, 21(12), 4520-4532.

Leary, E., Young, L. J., DuClos, C., Jordan, M. M., & Ebi, K. L. (2015). Identifying Heat Waves in Florida: Considerations of Missing Weather Data. PLoS ONE, 10(11), e0143471.

Lemoine, N. P., Capdevielle, J. N., & Parker, J. D. (2015). Effects of in situ climate warming on monarch caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) development. PeerJ, 3, e1293.

Makowski, D., Asseng, S., Ewert, F., Bassu, S., Durand, J. L., Li, T., et al. (2015). A statistical analysis of three ensembles of crop model responses to temperature and CO2 concentration. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 214-215, 483-493.

Medvedeff, C. A., Inglett, K. S., & Inglett, P. W. (2015). Can Fire Residues (Ash and Char) Affect Microbial Decomposition in Wetland Soils? Wetlands, 35(6), 1165-1173.

Melvin, A. M., Mack, M. C., Johnstone, J. F., David McGuire, A., Genet, H., & Schuur, E. A. G. (2015). Differences in Ecosystem Carbon Distribution and Nutrient Cycling Linked to Forest Tree Species Composition in a Mid-Successional Boreal Forest. Ecosystems, 18(8), 1472-1488.

Misra, V., Groenen, D., Bharadwaj, A., & Mishra, A. (2016). The warm pool variability of the tropical northeast Pacific. International Journal of Climatology, accepted.

O'Reilly, C. M., Sharma, S., ... Havens, K., et al. (2015). Rapid and highly variable warming of lake surface waters around the globe. Geophys. Res. Lett., early view.

Rifai, S. W., West, T. A. P., & Putz, F. E. (2015). "Carbon Cowboys" could inflate REDD+ payments through positive measurement bias. Carbon Management, 6(3-4), 151-158.

Scribner, C. A., Martin, E. E., Martin, J. B., Deuerling, K. M., Collazo, D. F., & Marshall, A. T. (2015). Exposure age and climate controls on weathering in deglaciated watersheds of western Greenland. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 170, 157-172.

Song, Z., Lee, S. - K., Wang, C., Kirtman, B. P., & Qiao, F. (2015). Contributions of the atmosphere-land and ocean-sea ice model components to the tropical Atlantic SST bias in CESM1. Ocean Modelling, 96, 280-290.

Subedi, S. C., Bhattarai, K. R., & Chauudhary, R. P. (2015). Distribution pattern of vascular plant species of mountains in Nepal and their fate against global warming. J. Mt. Sci., 12(6), 1345-1354.

Toth, L. T., Aronson, R. B., Cheng, H., & Edwards, R. L. (2015). Holocene variability in the intensity of wind-gap upwelling in the tropical eastern Pacific. Paleoceanography, 30(8), 1113-1131.

Volk, M., Frank, K., & Nettles, B. B. (2015). Managing Coastal Change in the Cultural Landscape: A Case Study in Yankeetown and Inglis, Florida. Change Over Time, 5(2), 226-246.

Vonk, J. E., Tank, S. E., Mann, P. J., Spencer, R. G. M., Treat, C. C., Striegl, R. G., et al. (2015). Biodegradability of dissolved organic carbon in permafrost soils and aquatic systems: a meta-analysis. Biogeosciences, 12(23), 6915-6930.

Watts, A. C., & Kobziar, L. N. (2015). Hydrology and fire regulate edge influence on microclimate in wetland forest patches. Freshwater Science, 34(4), 1383-1393.

Watts, A. C., Schmidt, C. A., McLaughlin, D. L., & Kaplan, D. A. (2015). Hydrologic implications of smoldering fires in wetland landscapes. Freshwater Science, 34(4), 1394-1405.

Weinstein, D. K., Klaus, J. S., & Smith, T. B. (2015). Habitat heterogeneity reflected in mesophotic reef sediments. Sedimentary Geology, 329, 177-187.

Wrathall, D. J., Oliver-Smith, A., Fekete, A., Gencer, E., Reyes, M. L., & Sakdapolrak, P. (2015). Problematising loss and damage. International Journal of Global Warming, 8(2), 274-294.

Zhang, X., & Clarke, A. J. (2015). Observations of Interannual Equatorial Freshwater Jets in the Western Pacific. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 45(11), 2848-2865.

Zhu, M. - J., Hoctor, T. S., Volk, M., Frank, K. I., Zwick, P. D., Carr, M. H., et al. (2015). Spatial conservation prioritization to conserve biodiversity in response to sea level rise and land use change in the Matanzas River Basin, Northeast Florida. Landscape and Urban Planning, 144, 103-118.

Zhu, P. (2015). On the Mass-Flux Representation of Vertical Transport in Moist Convection. J. Atmos. Sci., 72(12), 4445-4468.

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