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.
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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.
The FLaSH Ecosystem Project builds upon earlier efforts to conduct benthic habitat mapping in Florida by including consideration of climate change impacts, especially ocean acidification, on living marine resources along the shelf. Scientists are studying ocean chemistry to better understand the impacts of higher levels of atmospheric CO2 on marine and coastal resources.
The Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CREST) project investigates the health and resilience of coral reefs to future ecosystem changes, including climate change. The primary purpose is to provide data to inform public policy and best management practices.
The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) created a Climate Change Community Toolbox to help local officials plan for and adapt to climate change. The Toolbox includes fact sheets on likely climate impacts on Miami-Dade’s economy, environment, and community; inundation maps with different sea level rise scenarios; and links to national and international sources on adaptation planning.
The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) completed the Sea Level Rise Project in 2005. The study examined the effects of sea level rise on seven coastal counties under the purview of the SFRPC and the Treasure Coast Florida Regional Planning Council. Inundation maps for each county were created and are available for public use.
The Gulf of Mexico is a large, interlinked area with limited financial resources. The Gulf of Mexico Research Plan (GMRP) was developed to identify research needs and priorities for the Gulf of Mexico, encourage collaboration in the region, and increase stakeholder support.
The Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force released its second report and another series of 22 supplemental recommendations in April 2010, which included mitigation and adaptation strategies.
In 2007, DHEC-OCRM initiated a Shoreline Change Initiative to organize existing data collection and research efforts, identify additional research needs, and formulate policy options to guide the management of South Carolina’s estuarine and beachfront shorelines.
The North Carolina NERR, along with four other NERRs, is acting as a sentinel site to monitor climate change impacts on salt marsh habitat. This project involves creating a long-term ecological monitoring program to determine the effects of sea level rise, warmer temperatures, and coastal storms on salt marshes.