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Potential Ecological Consequences of Climate Change in South Florida and the Everglades

Global climate changes are likely to have profound e ects on the Earth’s ecosystems and on our perspectives on ecological conservation. Regional models project varying trends across the United States and even between southern and northern Florida. The purpose of this report is to summarize climate change literature pertinent to south Florida, particularly the Everglades, and to assess potential ecosystem vulnerabilities and the capacity for adaptation to climate change in this important ecosystem.

Analysis of Climate Adaptation Strategies for Southeast US Coastal Cities

The realities of climate change are no longer future predictions to address in years to come. Impacts to Southeast coastal communities from rising sea levels, strange weather, and stronger storms caused by a warming planet are occurring today. Trends in scientific measurements clearly indicate that temperatures are rising, sea ice is melting, and storm intensity is increasing. The Southeast coastline is particularly vulnerable to these changes and local communities are the first to feel the impacts and address the needs.

Florida's Resilient Coasts: A State Policy Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change

The “Florida’s Resilient Coasts: A State Policy Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change” was completed under the leadership of Dr. James Murley, CUES, along with the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, Florida Altalntic University, and the National Commission on Energy Policy. It was developed due to the state’s lead climate change and the realization that Florida is extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts, especially sea level rise, extreme weathers, severe droughts, and periods of extreme rainfall events.

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