Southeast and Caribbean Climate Alliance

Climate change alliance will address human health impacts

By: Tory Moore, 352-273-3566, torymoore@ufl.edu At the mention of climate change, most people think of melting ice and increasing global temperatures. While those are key elements of climate change, one of the lesser-known aspects is the direct impact on human health. Low-income communities, communities of color, rural communities and tribal and indigenous communities suffer the…

Flooding in 2019 at a Twin Lakes Subdivision in Key Largo

Sea Grant Led Resiliency Partnership Generates Award-Winning Policy and Flood Insurance Savings for Coastal Communities in the South Atlantic Region

Communities in the South Atlantic coastal region are increasingly experiencing the effects of re-occurring flooding from sea-level rise, which compromises infrastructure critical to transportation, stormwater and emergency operations. This ‘nuisance flooding’ also impacts the quality of life for residents faced with disruption of essential services and reduced mobility. The effects of rising seas and flooding…

Oil shows in a small wave.

Scientists, Florida Sea Grant specialist to share decade of research, post-Gulf oil spill

By: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224, bradbuck@ufl.edu, 352-875-2641 (cell)  A decade after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant specialist will join other experts to summarize what they’ve learned about the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem in a virtual town hall-type meeting. Monica Wilson, who’s based in St. Petersburg, has spent considerable time during the past several…

Some climate change questions answered as hurricane season peaks, wildfires rage

By: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224, bradbuck@ufl.edu, 352-875-2641 (cell)  Wildfires out west? Check. Tropical storms or hurricanes hovering – seemingly everywhere? Check. Those are just two of the potentially catastrophic events caused in part by climate change, say University of Florida experts.  “Our climate is changing and, with that, comes more extreme events,” said Ashley Smyth, an assistant professor of soil…

Thomas Ruppert Receives Florida Climate Institute Award

Thomas Ruppert, Florida Sea Grant coastal planning specialist, was recently named a 2019 Florida Climate Institute Faculty Fellow for his work helping coastal communities understand the legal and financial implications of increased coastal flooding associated with sea level rise and climate change. The Florida Climate Institute (FCI) is a consortium of 10 Florida universities working…

Florida Sea Grant Seeking Letters of Intent for Applied Coastal and Ocean Research Projects

Florida Sea Grant is now seeking letters of intent for two-year coastal and ocean applied research grants that reflect priorities identified in the current Florida Sea Grant Strategic Plan.