The Florida Climate Institute’s Collaborative Climate Research Fellowship Program aims to provide opportunities for UF faculty to broaden their climate-related research scope and develop collaboration among the international faculty community. This fellowship helps foster the development of innovative, interdisciplinary research projects and publications that will help find solutions to the global, complex challenges facing society.

We are partnering again this year with the UF International Center’s Global Fellows Program to better connect our FCI climate fellow with a cohort of other early-career researchers.

Informational session:
Friday September 17, 2021 Noon to 1 pm (Large Conference Room, International Center – the Hub, 1765, Stadium Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611) or on Zoom https://ufl.zoom.us/j/7627585143

Funding:
A seed grant of $5,000 provides faculty an opportunity to lay the groundwork for conducting international climate-related research.  Faculty must use these funds to cover expenses to travel to collect field data, to meet with international scholars, to access resources not available at UF, and to support any activity that advances climate research abroad.

Eligibility:
The program is open to all UF faculty who have a climate-related research assignment, regardless whether they are on a tenure track. The program is designed to support young scholars, those within the first 10 years of their academic career. In evaluating proposals, it is important for faculty to demonstrate that they have well thought out and clearly defined international research goals.

To apply:
Applications due October 21, 2021

In addition to the seed funding, the program offers a series of workshops, orientation and symposium that fellows must attend

  • Application (available here)
  • CV (3 pages max)
  • Personal Statement of Interest (2 pages, 1 inch margins 11 – 12 pt. font)
  • Letter of Support from Chair, Director, or Dean
  • Letter of commitment from Mentor

Workshops

  • Orientation: Friday, January 14, 2022, 1 – 3 pm
  • Workshop 1: Friday, January 28, 2022, 9 – 11 am
    Finding Funding to Support International Research
  • Workshop 2: Friday, February 11, 2022, 9 – 11 am
    Preparing Proposals to Support International Research
  • Workshop 3: Friday, February 25, 2022, 9 – 11 am
    Navigating the IRB, Export Controls, International Permits and Other Bureaucratic Hurdles
  • Workshop 4: Friday, March 18, 2022, 9 – 11 am
    Broader Impacts – Measuring Scientific Merit and Impact on Society, Education and Outreach
  • Workshop 5: Friday, April 1, 2022, 9 – 11 am
    International Partnerships and Agreements
  • Workshop 6:  Friday April 15, 2022, 9 – 11 am
    Engaging Students and Internationalizing the Curriculum, Study Abroad, Experiential Learning and More
  • Symposium:  Friday, April 22, 2022, 9 am – 1 pm

·    Complete an international research trip within one year.

·    Identify and meet with an on-campus mentor who will provide guidance related to pursuing the international research project and other professional development endeavors during the program and beyond.

Previous fellows include:
2017-18: Stephanie Bohlman, UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation

In March 2018, Dr. Bohlman traveled to Panama to work with collaborators at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on a manuscript using unmanned aerial vehicles to measure how tropical tree phenology responds to seasonal and interannual climate variation, developed an NSF proposal titled “Patterns, mechanisms, and consequences of variation in tropical forest plant phenology among species and environments in response to climate change” and presented two seminars: one on tropical tree phenology response to climate and environment, the other on using remote sensing to measure tree growth including response to growth to interannual climate variation.

2018-19: Jiangxiao Qui, UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Fort Lauderdale REC

In 2019, Dr. Qui worked to better understand and predict how global change drivers including climate change affect human-dominated landscapes (agriculture and urban) and their consequences for ecosystem services (ES) that are vital for human welfare. He focused on effects of multiple drivers of change (e.g., climate, land use/cover) and their interactions, and how purposefully altering and managing landscapes could buffer against undesirable future climate changes. Hence, understanding climate change impacts, and addressing climate adaptation and mitigation was the centerpiece of this research.

Congratulations to Dr. Luke Flory, Professor and invasive plant ecologist in the Department of Agronomy, for his selection as 2021 Florida Climate Institute Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Dr. Katy Serafin, Assistant Professor and coastal scientist in the Department of Geography, for her selection as 2021 UF Early Career Florida Climate Institute Faculty Fellow!

These awardees are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary climate research, extension, and education programs, as well as their strong support of Florida Climate Institute Programs.

Dr. Luke Flory joined the Agronomy Department in 2011 as an invasive plant ecologist and has had remarkable achievements, an expanding national and international reputation as an expert and leader in invasive species ecology. He is responsible for investigating the mechanisms behind non- native species invasions, quantifying their ecological impacts, and examining how invasive species interact with other global change drivers such as climate change, emerging pathogens, and fire. Dr. Flory’s focus on invasion ecology is addressing one of the most critical problems faced by the state of Florida, the US, and the world.

Dr. Katy Serafin joined UF Geography in 2019 and over the past few years, her research has advanced the understanding of how processes such as waves, tides, and storm surge drive extreme coastal water levels in sandy beach and coastal river/estuarine environments. Investigation into the cascading impacts of sea level rise at UF by evaluating how the duration of nuisance or “sunny day” flooding events which have the potential to disrupt daily routines and put added strain on the human-built environment have been changing here in Florida and across the United States.

Stayed tuned for details on the date and format of the 2021 Faculty Fellows Celebration to honor this year’s FCI Faculty Fellows along with Water Institute Fellows Drs. Jiangxiao Qiu, Early Career and Lisa Krimsky, Distinguished Fellow.

This article is from the Miami-Dade County website.

King Tides are the highest predicted high tides of the year. King Tides are technically called "perigean spring tides," but they occur in both the spring and fall seasons. In fact, the highest tides in southeast Florida occur in the fall, in part because the water is warmer and the seasonal winds drive water levels higher at that time of year.

When and where are the King Tides expected?

King Tides normally occur a few times per year and often cause nuisance flooding in coastal and low-lying areas. More severe flooding may result if King Tides coincide with bad weather conditions such as heavy rains, strong winds or big waves. However, sea level rise is causing these tides to happen more frequently, to last longer and extend further inland than in the past.

Based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's tide predictions, King Tides will occur on the following dates in fall 2021:

  • Sept. 9-11
  • Oct. 5-11
  • Oct. 20-21
  • Nov. 3-9
  • Dec. 2-7

Preparing for the King Tides

Most of the King Tide impacts are felt along the coast and in very low-lying areas near other water bodies. Residents who want to know which areas are impacted by the King Tides are encouraged to use the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Level Rise Viewer. On this map you can zoom into Miami-Dade County or your neighborhood. When you click on the "flood frequency tab" you will see areas in red that are vulnerable to King Tide flooding.

Flooding can also obstruct access to roadways. If possible, move vehicles to higher ground before the King Tides begin and wash your vehicle down with fresh water after driving through salt water.

Additionally, follow these safety precautions:

  • Do not walk through flood water if possible.
  • If you do need to walk through flood waters follow good hygiene practices and wash your hands, clothes, and pets after.
  • Do not drive through flooded areas - it is dangerous and can damage your vehicle. Find an alternative route.
  • Boaters should be aware that high tides cause lower clearance under bridges - check the tide before leaving the dock.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first of three installments of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The first installment is from Working Group I (WG1) and it discusses the physical science of climate change. Reports from Working Groups II (Impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability) and III (Mitigation of climate change) will follow in 2022.

Part I of the new IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, The Physical Science Basis, updates the current scientific understanding of climate change, indicating that the impacts of climate change are largely happening the way scientists have expected. This report emphasizes the increasing confidence that scientists have that human activities increased CO2 concentrations and warmed and continue to warm our planet.

The full release, ready-to-use graphics, and other details can be found on the Climate Central website.

States across the US are undertaking the work to understand what it will take to get to carbon neutral. These efforts support Biden’s plan of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050. The US Energy Information Administration reports that in 2017 Florida was the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide (www.eia.gov). To support this goal, the Florida Climate Institute (FCI) is undertaking work to develop a state-wide greenhouse gas inventory and initiate net-zero action planning. 

Led by Florida International University and University of South Florida, university faculty and students from across the FCI, and stakeholders from across the State, are contributing expertise and research support in greenhouse gas inventory sectors of energy, industrial processes and product use, agriculture, land use, land-use change and forestry, including wetlands, and waste; Florida economic trends; and negative emissions technologies (e.g., direct air capture, geological sequestration, BECCS, agricultural soils, blue carbon). As part of the project, we have awarded scholarships to seven graduate students affiliated with Florida International University, University of South Florida, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, and University of Georgia. The project is supported by the Environmental Defense Fund. A report is expected to be released in February 2022.

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