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94-Million-Year Old Climate Change Event Holds Clues for Future
A major climate event millions of years ago that caused substantial change to the ocean's ecological systems may hold clues as to how the Earth will respond to future climate change. In a new study, Jeremy Owens (FSU) explains that parts of the ocean became inhospitable for some organisms as the Earth's climate warmed 94 million years ago. As the Earth warmed, several natural elements - what we think of as vitamins - depleted, causing some organisms to die off or greatly decrease in numbers. More >
Researchers to Study How to Reduce Carbon Dioxide in Ranch Soil
University of Florida scientists hope to reduce possible pollutants emanating from soils in Florida cattle ranches by using a $710,000 USDA grant to study soil microbes. Researchers will use lab and field studies to investigate how pasture management and factors such as temperature and rainfall affect soil microbes. "The goal is to put together a model that can predict the release of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide from soils under a climate that is expected to be warmer and experience more extreme dry and wet periods across the Southeast," said Stefan Gerber (UF). More >
Richard Berman Named Co-Director of FCI at USF
The FCI is pleased to welcome Dr. Richard Berman as the new co-director of the FCI at the University of South Florida. Dr. Berman is Director of USF's Patel College of Global Sustainability and a recognized global leader in public health, education, and management.
Gulf of Mexico Alliance Releases Governors' Action Plan III For Healthy and Resilient Coasts
The plan, approved by all five U.S. Gulf Coast State governors, including Governor Rick Scott, addresses coastal resilience; habitat resources; water resources; wildlife and fisheries; data and monitoring; and education and engagement. More >
ClimateWire: Seas Rising but Florida Keeps Building on the Coast
A new article from ClimateWire posted on the Scientific American website discusses the continuing development of Florida's coast in the face of sea level rise. Access the article >

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Anandhi, A., Steiner, J. L., & Bailey, N. (2016). A system's approach to assess the exposure of agricultural production to climate change and variability. Climatic Change, 136(3-4), 647-659.
Bernstein, W. N., Hughen, K. A., Langdon, C., McCorkle, D. C., & Lentz, S. J. (2016). Environmental controls on daytime net community calcification on a Red Sea reef flat. Coral Reefs, 35(2), 697-711.
Bloetscher, F., Polsky, C., Bolter, K., Mitsova, D., Garces, K., King, R., et al. (2016). Assessing Potential Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Public Health and Vulnerable Populations in Southeast Florida and Providing a Framework to Improve Outcomes. Sustainability, 8(4), 315.
Boggs, G. L., Wilson, N. S., Ackland, R. T., Danna, S., & Grant, K. B. (2016). Beyond The Lorax: Examining Children's Books on Climate Change. Read Teach, 69(6), 665-675.
Bokor, J., Broo, J., & Mahoney, J. (2016). Using Fossil Teeth to Study the Evolution of Horses in Response to a Changing Climate. The American Biology Teacher, 78(2), 166-169.
Bracho, R., Natali, S., Pegoraro, E., Crummer, K. G., Schädel, C., Celis, G., ... & Schuur, E. A. G. (2016). Temperature sensitivity of organic matter decomposition of permafrost-region soils during laboratory incubations. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 97, 1-14.
Chung, E. - S., Soden, B. J., Huang, X., Shi, L., & John, V. O. (2016). An assessment of the consistency between satellite measurements of upper tropospheric water vapor: Upper Tropospheric Water Vapor. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121(6), 2874-2887.
Cohen, M. C. L., Lara, R. J., Cuevas, E., Oliveras, E. M., & Da Silveira Sternberg, L. (2016). Effects of sea-level rise and climatic changes on mangroves from southwestern littoral of Puerto Rico during the middle and late Holocene. Catena, 143, 187-200.
Delphin, S., Escobedo, F. J., Abd-Elrahman, A., & Cropper, W. P. (2016). Urbanization as a land use change driver of forest ecosystem services. Land Use Policy, 54, 188-199.
Di Leo, N., Escobedo, F. J., & Dubbeling, M. (2016). The role of urban green infrastructure in mitigating land surface temperature in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Environ Dev Sustain, 18(2), 373-392.
Dusterhus, A., Rovere, A., Carlson, A. E., ... Dutton, A., et al. (2016). Palaeo-sea-level and palaeo-ice-sheet databases: problems, strategies, and perspectives. Climate of the Past, 12(4), 911-921.
Dwivedi, P., Khanna, M., Sharma, A., & Susaeta, A. (2016). Efficacy of carbon and bioenergy markets in mitigating carbon emissions on reforested lands: A case study from Southern United States. Forest Policy and Economics, 67, 1-9.
Fournier-Level, A., Perry, E. O., Wang, J. A., Braun, P. T., Migneault, A., Cooper, M. D., et al. (2016). Predicting the evolutionary dynamics of seasonal adaptation to novel climates inArabidopsis thaliana. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 113(20), E2812-E2821.
Fu, X., Gomaa, M., Deng, Y., & Peng, Z. - R. (2016). Adaptation planning for sea level rise: a study of US coastal cities. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-17.
Gebbeken, N., & Krauthammer, T. (2016). Natural Threat - Tornadoes. Bautechnik, 93(4), 243-253.
Hoadley, K. D., Pettay, D. T., Dodge, D., & Warner, M. E. (2016). Contrasting physiological plasticity in response to environmental stress within different cnidarians and their respective symbionts. Coral Reefs, 35(2), 529-542.
Infanti, J. M., & Kirtman, B. P. (2016). North American rainfall and temperature prediction response to the diversity of ENSO. Clim Dyn, 46(9-10), 3007-3023.
Johansen, J. L., Steffensen, J. F., & Jones, G. P. (2015). Winter temperatures decrease swimming performance and limit distributions of tropical damselfishes. Conserv Physiol, 3(1), cov039.
Kandel, H., Melesse, A., & Whitman, D. (2016). An analysis on the urban heat island effect using radiosonde profiles and Landsat imagery with ground meteorological data in South Florida. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37(10), 2313-2337.
Karegar, M. A., Dixon, T. H., & Engelhart, S. E. (2016). Subsidence along the Atlantic Coast of North America: Insights from GPS and late Holocene relative sea level data. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43(7), 3126-3133.
Keatinge, J. D. H., Imbach, P., Ledesma, D. R., Hughes, J. D., Keatinge, F. J. D., Nienhuis, J., et al. (2016). Assessing air temperature trends in Mesoamerica and their implications for the future of horticulture. European Journal of Horticultural Science, 81(2), 63-77.
Kleinwechter, U., Gastelo, M., Ritchie, J., Nelson, G., & Asseng, S. (2016). Simulating cultivar variations in potato yields for contrasting environments. Agricultural Systems, 145, 51-63.
Knapp, P. A., Maxwell, J. T., Ortegren, J. T., & Soulé, P. T. (2016). Spatiotemporal Changes in Comfortable Weather Duration in the Continental United States and Implications for Human Wellness. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106(1), 1-18.
Krause, R. M., Yi, H., & Feiock, R. C. (2016). Applying Policy Termination Theory to the Abandonment of Climate Protection Initiatives by U.S. Local Governments. Policy Stud J, 44(2), 176-195.
Lee, S. - K., Wittenberg, A. T., Enfield, D. B., Weaver, S. J., Wang, C., & Atlas, R. (2016). US regional tornado outbreaks and their links to spring ENSO phases and North Atlantic SST variability. Environ. Res. Lett., 11(4), 044008.
Leffler, A. J., Klein, E. S., Oberbauer, S. F., & Welker, J. M. (2016). Coupled long-term summer warming and deeper snow alters species composition and stimulates gross primary productivity in tussock tundra. Oecologia, 181(1), 287-297.
Li, C., Wang, R., Qian, D., & Li, T. (2016). Managing Server Clusters on Renewable Energy Mix. Taas, 11(1), 1-24.
Liu, B., Liu, L., Asseng, S., Zou, X., Li, J., Cao, W., et al. (2016). Modelling the effects of heat stress on post-heading durations in wheat: A comparison of temperature response routines. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 222, 45-58.
Lopez, H., & Kirtman, B. P. (2016). Investigating the seasonal predictability of significant wave height in the West Pacific and Indian Oceans. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43(7), 3451-3458.
Marble, S. C., Prior, S. A., Runion, G. B., Torbert, H. A., Gilliam, C. H., Fain, G. B., et al. (2016). Species and Media Effects on Soil Carbon Dynamics in the Landscape. Sci. Rep., 6, 25210.
Noska, R., & Misra, V. (2016). Characterizing the onset and demise of the Indian summer monsoon: Indian Summer Monsoon. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43(9), 4547-4554.
Oliver-Smith, A. (2016). The Concepts of Adaptation, Vulnerability, and Resilience in the Anthropology of Climate Change: Considering the Case of Displacement and Migration. In S. A. Crate, & M. Nuttall (Eds.), Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations (pp. 58-85). New York, NY: Routledge.
Owens, J. D., Reinhard, C. T., Rohrssen, M., Love, G. D., & Lyons, T. W. (2016). Empirical links between trace metal cycling and marine microbial ecology during a large perturbation to Earth's carbon cycle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, in press.
Srifa, A., Phlips, E. J., Cichra, M. F., & Hendrickson, J. C. (2016). Phytoplankton dynamics in a subtropical lake dominated by cyanobacteria: cyanobacteria 'Like it Hot' and sometimes dry. Aquat Ecol, 50(2), 163-174.
Tian, D., Martinez, C. J., & Asefa, T. (2016). Improving Short-Term Urban Water Demand Forecasts with Reforecast Analog Ensembles. J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage., 142(6), 04016008.
Ulm, M., Arns, A., Wahl, T., Meyers, S. D., Luther, M. E., & Jensen, J. (2016). The Impact of a Barrier Island Loss on Extreme Events in the Tampa Bay. Front. Mar. Sci., 3.
Urrego, D. H., Hooghiemstra, H., Rama-Corredor, O., ... Bush, M. B., et al. (2016). Millennial-scale vegetation changes in the tropical Andes using ecological grouping and ordination methods. Clim. Past, 12(3), 697-711.
Viscarra Rossel, R. A., Behrens, T., Ben-Dor, E., ... Grunwald, S., et al. (2016). A global spectral library to characterize the world's soil. Earth-Science Reviews, 155, 198-230.
Xue, K., M. Yuan, M., J. Shi, Z., ... Bracho, R. ....Schuur, E. A. G., et al. (2016). Tundra soil carbon is vulnerable to rapid microbial decomposition under climate warming. Nature Climate change, 6(6), 595-600.
Zhao, Y., Noori, M., & Tatari, O. (2016). Vehicle to Grid regulation services of electric delivery trucks: Economic and environmental benefit analysis. Applied Energy, 170, 161-175.
Zhao, Z., Sandhu, H. S., Ouyang, F., & Ge, F. (2016). Landscape changes have greater effects than climate changes on six insect pests in China. Sci. China Life Sci., 59(6), 627-633.

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