Upcoming Events

The University of Florida Water Institute and Duke Energy partner to host the 7th biennial UF Water Institute Symposium. The Symposium will bring together individuals from a broad range of disciplines and organizations to explore complex water challenges from multiple perspectives. The 2020 Symposium will focus on innovative science, technology, cultural, policy, and management solutions to the following pressing issues:

  1. Harmful algae blooms in springs, lakes and coastal waters
  2. Sources, impacts, and management of contaminants
  3. Water scarcity, allocation, and use
  4. Impacts of and resilience to climate change, extreme events and sea level rise

The Planning Committee encourages presentations that consider influences across a full range of spatial and temporal scales; present innovative analytical methods, technologies, monitoring, and modeling approaches, and focus on public perceptions, science communication, education, and stakeholder engagement. For more information.

February 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Webinar Date: February 27, 2020

Time: 2pm ET/11am PT

Register HERE

Abstract: The field of emergency management has been helping communities assess, plan for, and respond to extreme weather events and other disasters for decades. However, the approaches developed to help communities assess the risk and the potential impacts of extreme weather events have rarely been updated to include climate change. While requirements at the local level vary state by state, there is an opportunity to mainstream adaptation planning and preparedness into the hazard mitigation process. If only we can find ways to effectively merge these two fields and ensure that communities are planning and preparing for both current and future hazards. This webinar brings together representatives of different agencies and organizations to discuss the opportunities and challenges of climate-smart hazard planning and provide examples of where and how disaster preparedness is being used to improve resilience across the country.

Speakers: Eric Chapman, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Jonathan Olds, FEMA- Region 10 Sascha Petersen, Adaptation International

The Ten Across (10X) initiative frames the US Interstate 10 corridor as the most compelling window on the future of the country, one which presents the challenges of the 21st century in the highest relief. 10X Water Summits convene thought leaders to share perspectives from their cities and states, revealing parallels that rise above differing place and politics and engaging the range of water conditions exemplified in this region as a leading indicator of our capacity to address issues of great scale and complexity. Questions of equality, governance, land use, energy and risk emerge from the subject of water. Pairing the lived experiences of the 10X transect with the wealth of available scientific information results in a depth of knowledge which conveys an acute responsibility to take action.

Hosted in the dynamic 10X city of Houston, the 3rd Annual 10X Water Summit will be a premier convening of decision makers, subject experts and entrepreneurial thinkers, with special emphasis on communication to a public faced with an unprecedented flow of fact, fiction and uncertainty.

For more information, go to: https://www.10xwatersummit.com/

Presented by Jim Pahl, LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Learn more about the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment and upcoming efforts to develop a Gulf Coast Adaptation and Resilience Plan, focused on sea level rise data needs and modeling for wildlife, habitats, and communities.

For more information go to: https://gulfofmexicoalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Wednesday-Webinars-Sept-2019-March-2020.pdf

Antioch University New England, in partnership with NOAA and the Island Institute, is convening the 2020 Local Solutions: Climate Preparedness Conference on May 11-12, 2020 in Portland, Maine.

Antioch University, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and NOAA, have successfully convened and facilitated three past regional conferences that have attracted more than 1000 participants. Past conferences have been a one-stop access to exceptional speakers and workshop leaders who represent many practical facets of responding to climate change and tested actions for implementing local solutions. Participants have learned how to engage key stakeholders, collaborate with vulnerable groups, and deal effectively with the increased frequency and intensity of storm events, more numerous extreme heat days, sea level rise, and coastal storm surge.

For more information, go to http://www.communityresilience-center.org/conferences/2020-local-solutions-eastern-climate-preparedness-conference/

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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