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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting is interdisciplinary and inclusive. Each year, the community gathers together to discuss recent developments in science and technology.

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WUFT-TV Gainesville will air two public dialogues on climate change and public health in North Central Florida taped in Fall 2016. As part of a five-part series called “Our Community, Our Health,” one dialogue covered allergies, asthma and air quality and the other water quality in the face of changes in our region. The dialogues are companions to an exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History ongoing until Summer 2017.
 
Air dates and times:
2/19- 2pm and 12mid Effects of Climate Change on Allergies
2/26- 2pm and 12mid Effects of Climate Change on Water Quality
 
Video recordings of the dialogues are also available on YouTube at http://bit.ly/CommunityChatsUF. The conversations continue on social media at #CCNCFL, and facebook.com/communitychats
 
These events and exhibit were funded by UF/IFAS Research Deans’ office climate change grants in 2016 (PI Katie Stofer), produced by the UF Department of Agricultural Education and Communication with support from the Florida Museum and Science & UF.

Policy Pub is a recurring series of brief, plain-language talks by faculty of the college on public policy issues that affect everyone. Dr. William Butler, associate professor of urban and regional planning at Florida State University, discusses how planners in Florida are responding to the long term and slowly emerging changes associated with accelerating sea level rise in the state most vulnerable to rising seas. By some measures, Florida is the most vulnerable region in the world. After the talk, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue on the topic. Policy Pubs take place in a relaxed bar atmosphere. They are free and open to the general public. No experience or prior knowledge is required.

5:30pm to 6:30 pm, Backwoods Bistro, 401 E. Tennessee St. (at Gadsden), Tallahassee

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The business of city-building is critical to Florida’s – and the nation’s – urban and economic future.  That’s why CityAge is proud to be holding the 30th edition of a CityAge conference in Fort Lauderdale on February 22 & 23, 2017.   

What are the partnerships and investments required to build the resilient American city? How and where should the billions of dollars in infrastructure spending be distributed? And how can American business, universities and cities partner to build an innovation economy?

CityAge: Florida, hosted by the City of Fort Lauderdale, will bring together leaders in business, government, design and research from around Florida, the United States and abroad to look at the ideas, investments and partnerships essential to building the future.

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Over the next several decades, economic expansion and urbanization will continue along our worlds’ coasts. Coastal populations and billions of dollars of assets are at risk from intensifying and more frequent storms. Changing coastlines due to sea level rise will impact settlement patterns around the globe. The 6th iNTA2017 conference “Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture” will provide a platform for research projects pertaining to tropical and subtropical regions that address the most pressing social and environmental problems associated with an increasingly dense world facing climate variability, sea level rise and flooding risks in a moment when these issues are understood as critical in cities across the world. The conference organizers solicit participants working on these issues in the areas of architecture, construction, planning, historic preservation, land use and policy, engineering, real estate and environmental law, social and economic policy. iNTA2017 seeks participants whose research, implementation activities and proposals explore new opportunities for reinventing current economic and development paradigms in response to the extraordinary circumstance that tropical and subtropical regions worldwide are confronting due to storm hazards.

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017

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The ​Gulf ​of ​Mexico ​will ​be ​the ​focal ​point ​for ​the ​largest ​restoration ​efforts ​($20+ ​billion) ​ever ​conceived ​for ​the ​Gulf ​of ​Mexico. ​It ​will ​consume ​the ​northern ​(USA) ​Gulf’s ​coastal ​policy ​and ​politics, ​state ​and ​federal ​resource ​management, ​and ​conservation ​activities ​for ​at ​least ​fifteen ​years ​as ​the ​settlement ​agreement ​plays ​out. ​A ​key ​issue ​will ​be ​an ​effective ​adaptive ​management ​approach ​built ​on ​sound ​science ​and ​coordinated ​monitoring ​to ​learn ​from ​mistakes ​and ​build ​on ​successes ​of ​early ​restoration ​efforts.

The ​timing ​of ​this ​Summit ​provides ​unprecedented ​opportunity ​to ​effectively ​address ​some ​of ​the ​many ​issues ​we ​face ​in ​bringing ​the ​Gulf ​together ​in ​common ​cause. ​The ​Gulf ​has ​never ​before ​had ​the ​resources ​to ​address ​fundamental ​issues ​affecting ​its ​health ​and ​productivity. ​Gulf ​science ​has ​never ​been ​better ​positioned ​to ​support ​decision-makers ​and ​resource ​managers ​in ​addressing ​resource ​priorities ​and ​prepare ​for ​future ​ones. ​The ​potential ​of ​international ​cooperation ​between ​the ​USA, ​Mexico ​and ​Cuba ​to ​work ​together ​on ​a ​Gulfwide ​scale ​has ​never ​been ​so ​real.

The ​State ​of ​the ​Gulf ​Summit ​2017 ​will ​address ​these ​challenges ​by ​focusing ​on ​the ​following ​questions:

How ​will ​we ​assess ​change ​at ​the ​broadest ​Gulf ​ecosystem ​level ​to ​both ​assess ​the ​efficacy ​of ​restoration ​actions ​and ​identify ​potential ​issues ​beyond ​restoration?
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How ​do ​we ​begin ​to ​effectively ​link ​environmental ​health, ​human ​health, ​and ​economic ​health ​and ​well-being ​to ​assure ​a ​healthier ​and ​more ​sustainable ​future?
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How ​do ​we ​effectively ​engage ​with ​our ​international ​partners, ​Mexico ​and ​Cuba, ​to ​address ​issues ​to ​assure ​the ​health ​and ​productivity ​of ​the ​Large ​Marine ​Ecosystem ​that ​is ​the ​Gulf ​of ​Mexico?
 

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This conference is designed to stimulate communication and collaboration toward sustainable and resilient water resource management in the Southeast. The goals of this interactive conference are to:

1: Identify the dominant economic, community, and ecosystem challenges to sustainable water resources in the southeastern U.S.

2: Identify policy and practice paths forward that will maximize the health and vitality of the region through water stewardship.

3: Engage the best and brightest scientists and engineers of the Southeastern Conference with other national and international experts in water resources.

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GOM-WIR will bring together approximately 150 scientists from the USA, Mexico and Cuba. This diverse group of stakeholders will:

  • Identify knowledge gaps regarding marine ecosystem science from coastal communities to the deep ocean
  • Prioritize relevant research needs across disciplines; and,
  • Establish working relationships between potential international partners to conduct research activities addressing these issues

To learn more about attending the workshop, review the Request an Invitation page for information.

HRI is developing a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary inventory of marine ecosystem science focused on the southern Gulf of Mexico in anticipation of the Gulf of Mexico Workshop on International Research. The goal of this inventory, developed in conjunction with Mexican and Cuban scientists, is to provide information about the current state of the science in the southern Gulf, and identify gaps which will help inform discussions and planning both during the workshop and into the future.

The inventory will be composed of annotated listings of resources of Mexican or Cuban origin including:

  1. Research Programs,
  2. Data Resources,
  3. Publications.

Data collection for this inventory is now underway, and if you are aware of potential information that should be included, we highly encourage you support this important work by reviewing the information available on the Marine Ecosystem Science Inventory page.

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The Forum gathers the adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation and mutual support for a better tomorrow. We invite you to join the convening of adaptation practitioners from around the country focused on moving beyond adaptation awareness and planning to adaptation action.

The Forum includes opportunities for professional development through formal trainings, facilitated practitioner presentations, and informal exchange of information all at a single venue. This event affords attendees the opportunity to learn more about how to make their work climate smart, share what they have learned with others, and develop a stronger network to be climate savvy in all that they do.

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The 2017 Climate and Resilience Community of Practice meeting will be held on May 16-18, 2017, in Covington, Louisiana. Details will be posted at the link below.

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Created in 1999, the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) is the recognized leader within ASCE for the integration of technical expertise and public policy in the planning, design, construction, and operation of environmentally sound and sustainable infrastructure impacting air, land, and water resources.

Abstract Submission (Due October 2, 2016)

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Experience the unique history and culture of North Central Florida, by diving into Florida’s Springs, handling original historical documents, debating ethical water use, exploring Native American life along the Gulf Coast, and seeing water futures through art and science fiction.
Explore college life by staying in UF’s Hume Hall, the UF Honors Residential College, and enjoying social activities around the campus.
Work with 28 other students, and leading UF and Santa Fe College faculty and students, to explore what humanities disciplines like history, English, women’s studies, philosophy, archaeology, Latin American Studies, religion, and classics teach us about Florida’s water crises. And learn digital storytelling tools to share Florida’s water stories with others. By experiencing and doing research in the humanities, students will explore how our cultural and historical experiences with water help us to address Florida’s pressing water issues in the future.

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The Humanities and the Sunshine State educator program provides an opportunity for formal and informal educators across disciplines and grades to participate in activities and discussions linking the study of human culture and the environment. The program is offered in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council’s Educator Workshop Series with major funding provided by the Florida Humanities Council.

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Following the successful of the first international conference on Advances in Extreme Value Analysis and application to Natural Hazard (EVAN) in Siegen Germany in 2013 and the second conference in Santander Spain in 2015, conference organizers are pleased to announce the dates of the third conference to take place in Southampton, UK.

The conference will take place September 5-7 2017 at the National Oceanography Centre. The overall aim of the conference is to bring together and promote interchange between a diverse community of research scientists, students, practitioners and stakeholders concerned with this complex and inter-disciplinary topic.

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Presented by the Engaging Preparedness Communities working group of the National Integrated Drought Information System

Please join us for a free monthly webinar series beginning in November that will explore current research and applications on drought impacts. Understanding impacts helps planners, decision makers and resource managers reduce vulnerability to future droughts. The webinars, which start Nov. 6, 2013, are on Wednesdays, beginning at 1 p.m. Central time. Each will include:
  • a focus on a specific effort to document drought impacts and the use of this information in decision-making
  • discussion of NIDIS’ role in the emerging Impacts Community of Practice
  • a chance to ask questions via chat
  • other interactive elements.
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The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network Webinar Series highlights key tools and tool use case studies to help practitioners learn about tools quickly and determine their suitability for specific EBM projects. Webinars are held 1-3 times per month and typically last 1 hour.

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Brought to you by The NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), US National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), and American Water Works Association (AWWA).

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The Climate Leader is an online training in systems thinking to help fuel the global response to climate change. These materials will help you to be more effective at addressing climate change by enabling you to see the interconnections and big picture in your work. Behind the Climate Leader are decades of experience from the team at Climate Interactive and powerful ideas developed at MIT.

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The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative is happy to announce the first webinar in the webinar/workshop series "Standardizing Sea-Level Scenarios for Gulf of Mexico Projects."

Very often projects involving sea-level rise start out with the same question - how much sea-level rise and by when? Often the processes of determining which scenarios takes a great deal of time. Additionally, different projects settle on different scenarios making it difficult to compare results between projects. The Cooperative partners have identified addressing this issue as a priority goal for 2016.

The Cooperative would like to invite experts in SLR and those who frequently work on SLR projects in the Gulf to come to collaborate in identifying recommended scenarios. The goal is a suite of recommended scenarios for use across a variety of projects as well as a brief user guide to encourage its use on the Gulf Coast.

This process will take time and instead of dealing with such a large issue with such a large group in one meeting, we are planning a series of webinars and workshops. The first webinar will happen on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. CST, and it will be a background/kick-off webinar addressing the series goals and outlining national, regional and local scenarios.

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In this webinar series, practitioners will share information, results and lessons learned through recent work by FHWA/US DOT and State and MPO partners to make the transportation system more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events. The first track focuses on the processes used in the Gulf Coast Study, Phase 2 (Mobile) and transferable methods developed for other agencies to assess the vulnerability of transportation infrastructure. The second track focuses on FHWA's recently completed Climate Resilience Pilot program, which supported 19 pilot projects around the country to assess vulnerabilities and develop strategies to make transportation infrastructure and operations more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events.

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