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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?
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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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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FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) is bringing together dozens of faculty members and students from many different disciplines – theatre, dance, music, journalism, architecture, environmental science – to produce A Sea Change: a Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration in Response to a Global Threat. The 90 minute program will feature a lot of important research and facts presented in creative and impactful ways.

A Sea Change will be shown on both campuses. On April 4, it will be performed at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center at Modesto A. Maidique Campus and on April 7 at the Mary Anne Wolfe Theatre at Biscayne Bay Campus. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Space is limited.  To make a reservation, call 305-348-0496. You can find more information about the event at

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Wanted: Exhibitors and Vendors for sustainable practices and products are needed for the Beyond Sustainability Expo: “Sustainable Lifestyles, Living Tiny & Leaving a Tiny Footprint” at Hillsborough Community College – Dale Mabry Campus, Tampa, FL,  April 8th 2017 from 10am-4pm.  There is no cost for Exhibitors/vendors at the event, but each must apply and be accepted to the event.  Limited covered areas and tables available, but open areas for individual canopies are abundant.  Please apply via email by March 7th, 2017 with your contact information, details about your product, exhibit topic and/or kids activity, and if you will provide your own table and/or canopy. Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This event will be an exhibit of tiny houses and sustainable practices that will demonstrate that the quality of our lives is not dependent on the magnitude of our space.  Exhibits and workshops will show how even small actions taken in our daily lives can have a positive impact on both the environment and our personal quality of life. Let’s share our stories of personal interest and experience to help others live a more sustainable life.  Appropriate topics may include: tiny houses and alternative dwellings, sustainable tourism, waste and recycling, organic food gardening and products, sustainable transportation, alternative energy, and personal sustainable actions/activities/products.  This event is open to all ages and education exhibits about sustainability are encouraged.

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Join a lively, engaged network of local practitioners, state and federal governments, outreach and extension professionals, non-profit organizations, and private sector representatives to discuss coastal climate issues throughout our region and share actionable information relevant at a decision-making scale.
See the agenda here. Topics include:
  • Hurricane Matthew – impacts, lessons learned, rapid response and recovery planning, and disaster communications
  • The connections between recovery planning and adaptation planning
  • Examples of successful resilience partnerships
  • Brainstorming project-specific partnerships for future funding opportunities
  • A field trip opportunity in historic downtown Charleston, SC

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For the last five years, the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact's Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) has served as a critical tool to ensure that municipalities and counties of Southeast Florida are pulling in one direction, and speaking with one voice when addressing sea level rise and meeting the region's climate challenges.

This April marks the beginning of an intensive public process to update the RCAP. With your help, the Compact hopes to strengthen and improve this tool to serve the residents of Southeast Florida for the next five years.

We hope you'll consider attending an upcoming kick-off revision session on April 27. Your input will ensure that the plan is modified in ways relevant and valuable to all communities in the region.

Date & Time: April 27 | Between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm (open session)

Location: North Regional/Broward College Library

1100 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

Located in: Broward College - North Campus

RSVP today to join your fellow Southeast Florida changemakers for our Regional Climate Action Plan Open Session. This session is open throughout the day, so drop by when you can to help shape and review the first draft of the RCAP 2.0, and to meet with other climate leaders and stakeholders in the region.

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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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Florida Sea Grant, in conjunction with Pinellas County, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, and other local partners will hold the workshop “Sea-Level Rise and Flooding: Planning & Law for Local Governments” on May 11, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the UF/IFAS Extension Offices in Pinellas County at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774. Registration information will be posted when available at

Who should attend: Local government managers, attorneys, engineers, floodplain managers, and planners; consultants; and interested NGOs and citizens.

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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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US-Netherlands Connection’s Professional Program, June 19-23 in Delft, The Netherlands – Theme for this 10th anniversary program is Resilience in the Water Space: Merging Science, Engineering, Business & Policy.  Subgroups are forming for this event including Federal Advisory Committees, university teams, national labs across the globe, industry groups and NGO’s.  Agenda and registration is at  For more information call Stan Bronson at (561) 281-5081 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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The EnergyWaterFoodNexus (EWFN) is a new science enterprise launched at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) through a global public-private partnership that seeks to provide sustainable and innovative solutions for energy, water and food security. The nexus approach is based on the premise that an action in one sector impacts the other. Therefore, the search for solutions must simultaneously investigate all three elements in a new science enterprise.
Key Dates
  • July 14th: Last day to Submit Abstracts, and Student Scholarship Applications
  • August 16th: Deadline for Tech Expo Booth Reservations
  • September 20th: Welcome Reception
  • September 21st: Summit Day One, and Alumni & Industry Gala
  • September 22nd: Summit Day Two, including Eco-Tour
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Please mark your calendars for University of Florida's 3rd annual Campus Climate Communication Summit on Thursday October 12th. This year's theme is Virtual Reality, with a keynote by Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab. To get involved, co-sponsor, or ask a question, please email Cynthia Barnett with the College of Journalism and Communications at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carolyn Cox with the Florida Climate Institute at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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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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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.
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.

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).

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.

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.

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.