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The University of Miami's Miami Climate Symposium 2020: Predicting and Living with Extremes will present the state of the science for understanding climate dynamics and extreme events -- and managing the associated risks. The interdisciplinary symposium will discuss the cutting edge research for predicting extreme events within a changing climate, from the local to international scale. For more information.

Natural disasters such as floods, wildfires, and droughts are increasing in frequency and severity in the US. Nature-based approaches such as open space, wetlands, sand dunes, reefs, permeable pavement, and bioretention features are increasingly being used to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards, while also providing multiple community benefits. And FEMA has begun to recognize and emphasize the value of investing in the conservation and stewardship of healthy landscapes for mitigating the impacts of floods, wildfires, and droughts, as reflected by recent policy updates in 2013 and 2016, and is also placing a greater emphasis on proactive investments before disasters occur. Rowan Schmidt, Program Director for Earth Economics, will discuss work supporting FEMA on the economics behind their 2013 and 2016 policies, and supporting land trust and agency partners in CA (post-wildfire), TX (post-Harvey) and other states to navigate these opportunities, conduct benefit-cost analysis, and apply for HMPG funding for projects that have overlapping conservation and hazard mitigation benefits. Laura Geselbracht, Senior Marine Scientist with The Nature Conservancy in Florida, will discuss recent studies on the environmental and economic flood risk reduction benefits of Florida’s mangroves, coral reefs, and other natural features that support coastal resilience. The webinar will conclude with questions and answers

This event has been approved for professional certification credits for planners (1.5 AICP CM #9192437), Certified Floodplain Managers (1 CEC), and Florida Environmental Health Professionals (.10 CEUs). 1000 Friends of Florida has applied for credits for Florida attorneys (CLE) and Florida landscape architects (DBPR) but cannot guarantee that credits will be approved. For more information.

Join students and faculty in UF Law’s Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Program for the 26th annual Public Interest Environmental Conference in at the UF Law Campus in Gainesville, Feb. 6 – 8th.  Registration is free for UF faculty and students but you must register in advance and the banquet is a separate fee.

This year’s theme is a nod to the growing grass roots interest in the “Rights of Nature,“ and its expression in theory and application.   The opening reception will take place in the Florida Museum of Natural History with a keynote address by renowned scientists, Doug and Pat Soltis, part of a team harnessing big data, super computers and DNA sequencing to construct “The Tree of Life,”     

After the stage setting plenary session of Friday morning, panels include:

  • From Shoreline to Stateline: the Marine and Estuarine Policy Scene
  • Unnatural Disasters I: We’ve Been Slimed!
  • Making Sense of Sentience: The Progressive Development of Animal Welfare
  • It’s a Great State, If We Can Keep It: Florida’s Waterkeepers Speak
  • Unnatural Disasters II: The Human Cost
  • All Creatures Great and Small: The Right to Exist, Persist and Thrive
  • When Corridors Collide: Who Pays the Toll?
  • Defending the Biosphere through Agricultural Policy

Fridays’ lunchtime roundtable will feature 4 new UF Law faculty whose work lies at the intersection of “Climate And…” – And Insurance, And Poverty, And Corporate Securities, And National Security.

Friday’s evening’s banquet continues the Conference’s exploration of the Rights of Nature with a keynote address by Thomas Linzey, Esg., Co-founder and Senior Legal Counsel for the Community Environmental Defense Fund.

Saturday’s workshop will be devoted to  citizens and communities seeking to establish rights for nature through political and policy processes in Florida and elsewhere.

The Conference will conclude with a special treat: a visual and verbal exploration of Florida’s environmental history by Florida’s unofficial “historian laureate,” Dr. Gary Mormino, author of “Land of Sunshine: State of Dreams,” and Photographer John Moran, whose photos of natural Florida have inspired both awe and action,  becoming quite literally “Exhibit A.”

For more information and to register visit: https://ufpiec.org/

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.

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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