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Adaptation Behavior on the Front Line of Climate Change and Accelerating Sea Level Rise in the Florida Keys

This project looked at the actions and perceptions of community leaders to climate change and sea level rise in southern Florida. Over 225 surveys were collected from decision makers, local, state, and federal managers, private institutions, and non-governmental organizations in 2008. Results showed that although the Florida Keys has done very little to begin developing climate change adaptation plans, the majority of respondents were very concerned about projected impacts and favored adaptation efforts.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Planning for Climate Change

Following through on recommendations from a 2008 climate change summit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) worked with partners to conduct limited vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning for a subset of species. Those efforts provided the foundational science-based information for the revised State Wildlife Action Plan (2010).

Climate Vulnerability Analysis for Amphibians and Reptiles

This webinar explores the approaches most commonly implemented to model the large-scale response of amphibians and reptiles to climate change. We will discuss what conclusions can be drawn from vulnerability assessments, and what kinds of data are necessary to execute an assessment. Examples of a vulnerability assessment being conducted in the southeastern US will be used to demonstrate model outputs and applications

Adaptation to Sea Level Rise in Florida

Even a 1-meter rise in sea level, which is now a conservative estimate for the year 2100, could be devastating to the human population and to nature in Florida. The Florida Institute for Conservation Science (FICS) has initiated a project to study and communicate issues related to the impacts of, and adaptation to, sea level rise in Florida. The first phase of this project included a scientific symposium, which was held January 18-20, 2010, at Archbold Biological Station.

Using Outreach to Catalyze Small Changes in Climate Change Adaptation on Bald Head Island, North Carolina

Bald Head Island is a barrier island located off the coast of North Carolina. Its low lying elevation and shifting sand dunes make it acutely vulnerable to sea level rise and other impacts of climate change such as storm surges and changes in oceanic currents. The Bald Head Island Conservancy has developed a comprehensive public outreach campaign to help educate community members about the potential impacts of climate change to the island and individual choices that can help improve the socioecological system’s resilience.

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact was signed by Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties in 2009 to coordinate mitigation and adaptation activities across county lines. The Compact represents a new form of regional climate governance designed to allow local governments to set the agenda for adaptation while providing an efficient means for state and federal agencies to engage with technical assistance and support.

Climate Change Action Plan for the Florida Reef System 2010-2015

This Action Plan adds to the NOAA CRCP 2009 framework with Florida-specific actions designed to accomplish three main goals; increasing resilience through active management, enhancing communications and awareness, and conducting targeted research. The specific recommendations in this Action Plan have been developed by the FRRP or culled from recommendations made by other local, state, national, and global initiatives on coral reef climate change adaptation.