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Adaptation Behavior in the Face of Global Climate Change: Survey Responses from Experts and Decision Makers serving the Florida Keys

Pallab Mozumder, Evan Flugman, and Timothy Randhir
Created: 12/31/2010 - Updated: 8/16/2019


The authors conducted a survey to elicit responses from experts and decision makers serving the Florida Keys regarding vulnerability to global climate change. Study findings reveal deep concern among federal, state and local experts and decision makers about adverse impacts at the local level. A large majority of respondents recognize the increasing likelihood of dynamic, potentially irreversible, socioeconomic and ecological repercussions for the Florida Keys. However, very few experts and decision makers report that their respective agencies have developed formal adaptation plans. Respondents identify significant institutional and social barriers to adaptation and convey their support for a host of strategic measures to facilitate adaptation on an urgent basis. The implications of our findings are discussed in the context of enhancing adaptive capacity and resilience in the Florida Keys and beyond. Information generated from this study can provide functional guidance for improving decision-support systems and promoting adaptation policies.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011


Community / Local
Sector Addressed: 
Education / Outreach
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Culture / communities
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Governance and Policy
Climate Type: 

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Education / Outreach
Land Use Planning
Tourism / Recreation
Water Resources

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.

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