Paperback: 632 pages
Publisher: Florida Climate Institute
Printed By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: November 29, 2017
ISBN-10: 1979091048
ISBN-13: 978-1979091046
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
Suggested Citation: Chassignet, E. P., J. W. Jones, V. Misra, and J. Obeysekera (Eds.), 2017: Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts. Florida Climate Institute, 632 pp.


Florida’s climate has been and continues to be one of its most important assets. It has enabled the growth of many major industries, including tourism and agriculture, which now rank at the top of Florida’s diverse economic activities. Our state’s climate enables its native ecosystems to flourish and attract citizens from around the world. The dependencies of Florida’s society and ecosystems on climate are widely recognized and generally taken for granted. However, we now know that climate around the world is changing. Questions arise about whether or not Florida’s climate is changing, how rapidly these changes might occur, and how Florida may adapt to anticipated changes and help mitigate the rates of change.

This book provides a thorough review of the current state of research on Florida's climate, including physical climate benchmarks; climate prediction, projection, and attribution; and the impacts of climate and climate change on the people and natural resources of Florida. The editors have gathered more than 90 researchers at universities across the state and beyond to address important topics such as sea level rise, water resources, and how climate affects various sectors, including energy, agriculture, forestry, tourism, and insurance. This volume offers accessible, accurate information for students, policymakers, and the general public.

About the Editors:

Eric P. Chassignet is a professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science and director of the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at Florida State University. James W. Jones is a distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida. Vasubandhu Misra is an associate professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science and the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at Florida State University. Jayantha Obeysekera is the chief modeler at the South Florida Water Management District.

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Executive Summary
Eric P. Chassignet, James W. Jones, Vasubandhu Misra, and Jayantha Obeysekera

Societal Challenges Associated with Climate and Climate Change in Florida

1. Human Dimensions and Communication of Florida's Climate
Peter J. Jacques, Kenneth Broad, William Butler, Christopher Emrich, Sebastian Galindo, Claire Knox, Keith W. Rizzardi, and Kathryn Ziewitz

2. Florida Land Use and Land Cover Change in the Past 100 Years
Michael I. Volk, Thomas S. Hoctor, Belinda B. Nettles, Richard Hilsenbeck, Francis E. Putz, and Jon Oetting

3. Implications of Climate Change on Florida's Water Resources
Jayantha Obeysekera, Wendy Graham, Michael C. Sukop, Tirusew Asefa, Dingbao Wang, Kebreab Ghebremichael, and Benjamin Mwashote

4. Climate Change Impacts on Human Health
Song Liang, Kristina Kintziger, Phyllis Reaves, and Sadie Ryan

5. Climate Change Impacts on Florida's Energy Supply and Demand
Wendell A. Porter and Hal Knowles III

6. Climate Change Impacts on Insurance in Florida
Lorilee Medders

7. Climate Change Impacts on Law and Policy in Florida
Thomas Ruppert and Erin L. Deady

Economic and Environmental Challenges Associated with Climate Change in Florida

8. Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Florida's Agriculture
Young Gu Her, Kenneth J. Boote, Kati W. Migliaccio, Clyde Fraisse, David Letson, Odemari Mbuya, Aavudai Anandhi, Hongmei Chi, Lucy Ngatia, and Senthold Asseng

9. Managing Florida's Plantation Forests in a Changing World
Timothy A. Martin, Damian C. Adams, Matthew J. Cohen, Raelene M. Crandall, Carlos A. Gonzalez-Benecke, Jason A. Smith, and Jason G. Vogel

10. Florida Tourism
Julie Harrington, Hongmei Chi, and Lori Pennington Gray

11. Adaptation of Florida's Urban Infrastructure to Climate Change
Frederick Bloetscher, Serena Hoermann, and Leonard Berry

12. Climate Change Impacts on Florida's Biodiversity and Ecology
Beth Stys, Tammy Foster, Mariana M.P.B. Fuentes, Bob Glazer, Kimberly Karish, Natalie Montero, and Joshua S. Reece

13. Florida's Oceans and Marine Habitats in a Changing Climate
Steven Morey, Marguerite Koch, Yanyun Liu, and Sang-Ki Lee

14. Climate Change Impacts on Florida's Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors and Options for Mitigation
Kai Lorenzen, Cameron Ainsworth, Shirley Baker, Luiz Barbieri, Edward Camp, Jason Dotson, and Sarah Lester

Florida's Physical Climate: Past, Present, and Future

15. Paleoclimate of Florida
Albert C. Hine, Ellen E. Martin, John M. Jaeger, and Mark Brenner

16. Terrestrial and Ocean Climate of the 20th Century
Vasubandhu Misra, Christopher Selman, Amanda J. Waite, Satish Bastola, and Akhilesh Mishra

17. Florida Climate Variability and Prediction
Ben P. Kirtman, Vasubandhu Misra, Robert J. Burgman, Johnna Infanti, and Jayantha Obeysekera

18. Future Climate Change Scenarios for Florida
Ben P. Kirtman, Vasubandhu Misra, Aavudai Anandhi, Diane Palko, and Johnna Infanti

19. Sea Level Rise
Gary Mitchum, Andrea Dutton, Don P. Chambers, and Shimon Wdowinski

20. Climate and Weather Extremes
Jennifer M. Collins, Charles H Paxton, Thomas Wahl, and Christopher T. Emrich