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

Created: 12/31/2008 - Updated: 11/06/2018


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.

Published On

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Community / Local
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Flow patterns
Habitat extent
Salinization / Saltwater intrusion
Water supply
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Habitat/Biome Type: 

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