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3:00pm ET

FSU Student Life Cinema, 942 Learning Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4172

What do FSU researchers want you to know about climate change? How will climate change affect you? What can we do about it? Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A session.

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A crew of filmmakers, scientists, and divers embark on a project to capture coral bleaching, the process responsible for the death of coral reefs around the world.  One of the ocean’s greatest treasures is under threat, but this team is hopeful that the coral’s fate remains unsealed. Join us for a panel after the first screening.  Free to the general public.

Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30pm

Askew Student Life Building (SLB), Student Life Cinema
942 Learning Way, Tallahassee, FL

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The uncertainty of climate projections is a significant barrier to the implementation of restoration and adaptive management programs.  Our objective is to improve the utility of precipitation projections for South Florida water management and Everglades restoration efforts, particularly related to the time scales and time periods of interest, spatial scales of interest, parameters of interest, and characterization of uncertainty for 3 focal areas or domains.

We have two goals for this meeting:

  1. to improve the awareness of how climate data and science can support natural resource management activities; and
  2. to produce a peer-reviewed scholarly publication that includes tailored outputs for one or more of the three user-groups represented by our three focal topics (the Western Everglades Restoration Project, Fire Ecology, and Ecosystem Modeling)

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2-4p ET

Room 310, Florida State University College of Law
425 W. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL

Climate change and climate policy remain highly polarizing topics for the American public. Their discussion is taboo in casual conversation, and constructive exchanges of divergent points of view are extremely rare. How can beliefs about scientific issues be so contentious, so personal and so divisive?

This panel discussion will explore cutting-edge research on the psychology of climate change, and the reasons underlying people’s beliefs about the existence and causes or climate change, and attitudes toward climate policy and solutions. It is abundantly clear that a resort to scientific argument is largely ineffective in engaging people with issues of climate change. Rather, responses to climate change are shaped by a variety of social, political, and psychological factors that need to be understood and addressed if we are to move forward on this pressing issue. This panel will delve into the psychological dimensions of climate change, discuss their political and policy ramifications, and explore paths forward in a political environment showing no signs of bipartisanship.
 
Event is free and open to the public -- no registration required.
 

6:30 p.m. at Pugh Hall, University of Florida Main Campus

UF's fall Science Writer in Residence is energy/environment journalist David Biello, science curator for TED Ideas, contributing editor at Scientific American, and author of The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age. Biello will speak on where he sees environmental innovations, including climate change solutions, emerging, and what it's like being a solutions-oriented reporter in the Trump era.

This 2-day workshop, hosted by the Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR), USF St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council ONE BAY Resilient Communities Working Group, will engage participants in discussion about social and physical vulnerabilities to coastal hazards, and efforts to build regional resiliency. Through a series of presentations and followed by facilitated discussions between experts from the national level, South Florida, and  Tampa Bay regions, participants will explore potential regional solutions and approaches for addressing the resilience and adaptations of coastal cities to climate change.

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Energy Efficiency Day (October 5) is a collaborative effort between regional and national organizations, business, utilities, and individuals working to promote energy efficiency: the cheapest, quickest way to meet our energy needs, cut consumer bills and reduce pollution. The goals are to:

  • Raise awareness of the energy issues we all face and what we can do to fix them
  • Help individuals and businesses save money through education on efficiency techniques
  • Unite people who are passionate about cutting energy waste and conserving resources

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., October 12th
J. Wayne Reitz Union’s Rion Ballroom, University of Florida Main Campus, Gainesville

One of the most urgent issues of our time, climate change is also one of the toughest communications challenges of the day. The University of Florida’s annual climate-communications summit aims to help UF faculty, staff and students – along with other professionals and members of the public – gain expertise and collaborate to improve understanding of climate change and its impacts local to global.

Diving Deeper: Immersive Storytelling for Climate Science, our third-annual summit, will explore virtual reality and other types of immersive storytelling that hold promise for helping people visualize the climate-changed future. Speakers this year include:

  • Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab
  • Sri Kalyanaraman, director of the UF College of Journalism and Communications’ Media Effects and Technology Lab
  • Jenny Staletovich, environmental reporter for The Miami Herald

The centerpiece of this year’s summit is a Climate Communications Café where faculty, staff and students from across disciplines and other groups working to tell the story of climate change can come together to share work and brainstorm best practices and ways to collaborate. To spotlight your work at the Café, please contact Carolyn Cox at the Florida Climate Institute at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Matt Williams at Sustainable UF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Founded in 1974, FRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting Florida professionals and volunteers in community revitalization efforts. With its mission of “transforming spaces, revitalizing places,” FRA is committed to providing a forum for its more than 300 members to share knowledge and common experiences regarding revitalization opportunities and issues throughout Florida. FRA encourages adoption of legal and financial tools and programs favorable to community growth and serves as a statewide clearinghouse for redevelopment information.

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ASBPA is the nation’s first organization to promote science-based policies for the preservation of coastal areas. The theme of the 2017 conference, “Beaches, Bays, and Beyond,” continues to broaden our focus across the entire coastal and estuarine system. The National Coastal Conference provides an opportunity for all coastal stakeholders to learn together and develop collaborative networks and resources to promote best management practices to maintain and improve the health of our coastal and estuarine shorelines and ecosystems.

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Tuesday Nov. 7th at 6 p.m. in Smathers 100, University of Florida Main Campus
 
Western park ranger turned environmental journalist Jordan Fisher Smith, author of Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial and the Fight Over Controlling Nature, who also works in film and magazines, will lecture on how we share scientific knowledge in an era of alternative facts, when even park rangers are constrained in their campfire circle talks (making environmental communication that much more important).
 
Sponsored by UF’s departments of History and Journalism, with additional support from the Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere and the George A. Smathers Libraries.

The FCI @UF will be hosting Shaun Martin, Senior Director, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience at World Wildlife Fund, and Mac Stone, Conservation photographer, author and educator. The event will explore conservation efforts both in the US and abroad and will be held at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom at 3:00pm.     

More information on both speakers can be found at http://www.worldwildlife.org/experts/shaun-martin and http://www.macstonephoto.com/about.html

The goal of the Graduate Climate Conference (GCC) is to provide a discussion forum for graduate students undertaking research on climate and climate change in an array of disciplines throughout the physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The format is designed to encourage new climate researchers to become acquainted with the details of diverse areas of study and to place their own work in the broader context of the climate research community.

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Wednesday November 15th, 2 p.m., Emerson Alumni Hall, University of Florida Main Campus
 
Rolling Stone's Jeff Goodell, who writes on climate change for the magazine including the controversial cover story Goodbye, Miami, will visit UF to talk about his latest book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World (Little, Brown Oct. 24th 2017). Sponsored by the Florida Climate Institute and CJC’s Department of Journalism.​

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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Fall Meeting is the largest preeminent Earth and space science meeting in the world. The 2017 Fall Meeting will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, offering attendees the chance to discover a new location that features world renowned cuisine, music, arts and culture, and provides access to vital scientific ecosystems.

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Broward County  will host the 9th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on December 14-15, 2017 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

The annual summit is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, their municipalities and other partners. The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event focused on facilitating climate-related collaboration and knowledge sharing. The summit attracts innovative thinkers and leaders from business, government, academia and the non-profit community to exchange ideas and dialogue at panel discussions and networking breaks.

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The 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology  is organized by the AMS Committee on Tropical Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones and is hosted by the American Meteorological Society.

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The 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans (ECCWO) will explore the consequences of climate change for the ocean (both offshore and coastal waters), its ecosystems, and its dependent communities under a range of future scenarios and socioeconomic pathways. By convening a series of integrated discussions amongst an interdisciplinary group of ocean-oriented scientists, the Symposium will facilitate the synthesis of information on how climate-related changes will influence oceans, marine ecosystems and society. We expect this knowledge will be useful in informing societal choices for preparing for and responding to changing oceans including adaptation and management options. The Symposium outputs will provide information for use in a variety of national and international analyses of climate impacts on the world’s oceans.

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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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