Sea-level rise may have significant effects on Florida’s coastal ecosystems. These ecosystems are the foundation upon which much of Florida’s natural beauty and economy are based. Understanding what changes may happen in the future can help us plan for those changes and, to the extent possible, lessen the impacts of those changes.
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Kate MacMillin and Juliet Pinto explore the narrative of a South Florida community under threat from sea level rise in this half-hour documentary. Interviews with geologists, engineers, community leaders, and activists help explain sea level rise, the threats it poses to the region, and what is being to respond to these changes.
Coastal Resilience 2.0 is a suite of interactive tools to help decision-makers assess risk and identify nature-based solutions to reduce socio-economic vulnerability to coastal hazards. The tools allow users to interactively examine storm surge, sea level rise, natural resources, and economic assets and to develop risk reduction and restoration solutions in an easy-to-use web-based map interface.
We all need clean water. Securing reliable supplies of clean water for today and the future is a critical concern for communities across the country, and particularly in the Southeast where communities are grappling with water scarcity issues more than ever before. In a regional landscape defined by recent extreme droughts and continued conflict over water supply—and in the context of public budgets stretched thin—many communities are challenged to find the best way forward.
The SE USA is characterized by great diversity in terms of climate, natural and managed ecosystems, social and political attitudes, and vulnerabilities. While most of the SE is classified as humid, temperatures vary widely across the regions, with a transition from tropical rainforests in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to temperate forests in the southern Appalachian Mountains.
Sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate, and the scientific community is confident that global warming is the most important cause. Higher sea levels translate to more and higher coastal floods. Using local sea level projections based on global scenarios from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and also used by the four-county Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, this analysis finds that floods rising 3 ft above the high tide line at Key West are near certain this century under any sea level rise scenario.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Climate Change and Human Health Working Group (CCHHG) convened two regional climate change and human health workshops in February 2012 as part of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) process.
The Coastal Hazards Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) has developed a handbook to help local governments in North Carolina adapt to climate change. The handbook demonstrates the need for local action and explains the options that are open to local governments.
The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation tooL – CCORAL - is an online support system for climate resilient decision making. CCORAL is a system which helps decision makers to see all kinds of activities through a ‘climate’ or ‘climate change’ lens, and to identify actions that minimise climate related loss, take advantage of opportunities and build climate resilient development in their countries.
CCORAL will help you undertake the following activities:
The countries of the Caribbean community (CARICOM) have great cause for concern when it comes to climate change: the impacts of climate change could severely impact their development. Building and planning for climate resilient, low carbon economies is a tall challenge, and will require a transformational approach. This knowledge brief by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC or ‘5Cs’), with support from CDKN, describes how decision-making processes based on risk management will help Caribbean leaders rise to the challenge.