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UF Explore Magazine Highlights FCI Climate Change Research
The Summer 2016 issue of the University of Florida's Explore magazine is now out and features the Florida Climate Institute at UF Director, co-Director, and several affiliated faculty. The climate-themed issue includes stories on sea-level rise, coastal planning, agriculture, energy efficiency, economics, design, health, coastal forestry, and humanities. 

DoD Report on Regional Sea Level Scenarios
The U.S. Department of Defense has released a new report: Regional Sea Level Scenarios for Coastal Risk Management: Managing the Uncertainty of Future Sea Level Change and Extreme Water Levels for Department of Defense Coastal Sites Worldwide. The report and an accompanying online database provide regionalized sea level and extreme water level scenarios for three future time horizons (2035, 2065, and 2100) for 1,774 military sites worldwide. The report is co-authored by FCI affiliate Jayantha "Obey" Obeysekara.
NPR Report: Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades
A recent NPR story featured research being conducted by FCI co-director Tiffany Troxler (FIU) on the effects of sea level rise on the Florida Everglades. Troxler is participating in an experiment that pumps salt water into a test site in the Everglades in order to examine how the salt water may change the structure of plants and soil. "When we start to lose the structure of the plants," said Troxler, "essentially this peat, which is otherwise held together by roots, becomes a soupy pond." 

NSF Funding UF Research on Zika Virus
Sadie Ryan (UF) and colleagues, have just received a National Science Foundation grant to study the socio-ecology and climate responses of Zika virus transmission by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in southern coastal Ecuador. By analyzing blood samples, deploying climate sensors, and conducting socio-ecological surveys, the researchers will gain insight into the spread of Zika as climate, altitude and socioeconomic levels change. 

2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
The NOAA Climate Prediction Center 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says hurricane activity this year will most likely be near-normal, but forecast uncertainty in the climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms make predicting this season particularly difficult.

For the latest information regarding storm activity, please visit the National Hurricane Center website.

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FCI affiliates and/or authors from FCI member universities are in bold.
Abbott, B. W., Jones, J. B., Schuur, E. A. G., ... Benscoter, B. W., ... Oberbauer, S. F., ... Spencer, R. G. M., et al. (2016). Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release from soils, streams, and wildfire: an expert assessment. Environ. Res. Lett., 11(3), 034014.

Alizad, K., Hagen, S. C., Morris, J. T., Bacopoulos, P., Bilskie, M. V., Weishampel, J. F., & Medeiros, S. C. (2016). A coupled, two-dimensional hydrodynamic-marsh model with biological feedback. Ecological Modelling, 327, 29-43.

Anandhi, A., Hutchinson, S., Harrington, J., Rahmani, V., Kirkham, M. B., & Rice, C. W. (2016). Changes in spatial and temporal trends in wet, dry, warm and cold spell length or duration indices in Kansas, USA. Int. J. Climatol., early online release.

Burke, M., Craxton, M., Kolstad, C. D., ... Kelly, D. L., et al. (2016). Opportunities for advances in climate change economics. Science, 352(6283), 292-293.

Chambers, L. G., Guevara, R., Boyer, J. N., Troxler, T. G., & Davis, S. E. (2016). Effects of Salinity and Inundation on Microbial Community Structure and Function in a Mangrove Peat Soil. Wetlands, 36(2), 361-371.

Cinner, J. E., Pratchett, M. S., Graham, N. A. J., Messmer, V., Fuentes, M. M. P. B., Ainsworth, T., et al. (2016). A framework for understanding climate change impacts on coral reef social-ecological systems. Reg Environ Change, 16(4), 1133-1146.

Hall, J. A., Gill, S, Obeysekera, J., Sweet, W., Knuuti, K., & Marburger, J. (2016). Regional Sea Level Scenarios for Coastal Risk Management: Managing the Uncertainty of Future Sea Level Change and Extreme Water Levels for Department of Defense Coastal Sites Worldwide. U.S. Department of Defense, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.

Hoffmann, H., Zhao, G., Asseng, S., ... Kassie, B. T., et al. (2016). Impact of Spatial Soil and Climate Input Data Aggregation on Regional Yield Simulations. PLoS ONE, 11(4), e0151782.

Huffaker, R., Mu�oz-Carpena, R., Campo-Besc�s, M. A., & Southworth, J. (2016). Demonstrating correspondence between decision-support models and dynamics of real-world environmental systemsEnvironmental Modelling & Software83, 74-87.

Krause, R. M., Feiock, R. C., & Hawkins, C. V. (2016). The Administrative Organization of Sustainability Within Local Government. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 26(1), 113-127.

Liu, Y., & Minnett, P. J. (2016). Sampling errors in satellite-derived infrared sea-surface temperatures. Part I: Global and regional MODIS fields. Remote Sensing of Environment, 177, 48-64.

Panneer Selvam, B., Laudon, H., Guillemette, F., & Berggren, M. (2016). Influence of soil frost on the character and degradability of dissolved organic carbon in boreal forest soils. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 121(3), 829-840.

Ramirez, J. A., Lichter, M., Coulthard, T. J., & Skinner, C. (2016). Hyper-resolution mapping of regional storm surge and tide flooding: comparison of static and dynamic models. Nat Hazards, 82(1), 571-590.

Tabari, H., Hosseinzadehtalaei, P., Willems, P., & Martinez, C. (2016). Validation and calibration of solar radiation equations for estimating daily reference evapotranspiration at cool semi-arid and arid locations. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 61(3), 610-619.

Wahl, T., Plant, N. G., & Long, J. W. (2016). Probabilistic assessment of erosion and flooding risk in the northern Gulf of Mexico. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, .

Wiseman, H. J., & Osofsky, H. M. (2016). Regional Energy Governance and US Carbon Emissions. Ecology Law Quarterly, 43(1), 143-235.

Wong, K. V. (2016). Planning and Engineering Strategies to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change. J. Energy Resour. Technol, 138(1), 014701.

Zhang, H., Clement, A., & Medeiros, B. (2016). The Meridional Mode in an Idealized Aquaplanet Model: Dependence on the Mean State. J. Climate, 29(8), 2889-2905.

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