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Water Utilities and Climate Change Workshop

Friday, June 10, 2011
West Palm Beach, Florida

Building on existing work in developing climate scenarios and adaptations, this workshop covered the decisions necessary for water utility expansion, rehabilitation and adaptation planning in the context of climate change. Download the final report here.

Bevin Beaudet, PE, Director of Palm Beach County Water Utilities
Kenan Ozekin, PhD, Water Research Foundation
Workshop Overview and Status of Climate Change Adaptation in Florida
(Information on Four County Compact, South Florida Regional Planning Council, etc.)
Dr. Leonard Berry, Florida Atlantic University
Current Climate Science and Climate Scenarios for Florida
Dr. Vivien Gornitz and Dan Bader, Columbia University [ download presentation ]

Utility presentations - Problems and Opportunities
Maurice Tobon, PE, Director Engineering Palm Beach County Water Utilities [ download presentation ]
Jennifer Jurado, PhD, Director Broward County Environmental Services [ download presentation ]
Douglas Yoder, Deputy Director Miami-Dade Water and Sewer  [ download presentation ]

Alison Adams, PE, PhD, Tampa Bay Water [ download presentation ]

Adaptation Assessment and Planning
Dr. David Major, Columbia University

Adaptations for Operations, Infrastructure and Policy
Dr. David Major, Columbia University [ download presentation ]
Evaluation of Adaptations
Dr. Frederick Bloetscher, Florida Atlantic University
Identifying Barriers and Opportunities
Panel Reflections and Discussion (Palm Beach County, Broward County, Miami-Dade, Tampa Bay)
Moderated by Dr. Leonard Berry, Florida Atlantic University
Next Steps, WRF Report Outline and Adjourn
Dr. David Major, Columbia University



Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: Four Case Studies of Water Utility Practices

EPA - prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment's Global Climate Research Staff in the Office of Research and Development

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Climate Change Adaptation in New York City: Building a Risk Management Response

New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). (2010). Climate change adaptation in New York City: building a risk management response, C. Rosenzweig and W. Solecki (eds.), New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY.
Appendix A has the methodology for the climate scenarios, and Appendix B is the Adaptation Assessment Guidebook.

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List of State and Local Adaptation Plans

The Georgetown Climate Center provides states and local governments with best-practice models, legal analysis, policy work and legislative tracking, and seeks to maximize the federal, state, regional, and local collaborations that are needed to implement new approaches to adaptation.

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A Survey of Climate Change Adaptation Planning

The H. John Heinz lll Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

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Shaping Climate-Resilient Development: A Framework for Decision-making

Climate Works Foundation, Global Environmental Facility, European Commission, McKinsey & Company, The Rockefeller Foundation, Standard Chartered Bank and Swiss Re

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Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change

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Climate Ready Water Utilities Toolbox

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Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change

National Academy of Sciences

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Lee County Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

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Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

Four-county agreement

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List of Resources for Planning for Adaptation

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Local Strategies for Addressing Climate Change

NOAA Coastal Services Center

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First Annual Report, February 2011 - Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

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A Unified Sea Level Rise Projection for Southeast Florida

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact
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Analysis of the Vulnerability of Southeast Florida to Sea Level Rise

Southeast Florida Regional Climate change Compact
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Southeast Florida's Resilient Water Resources: Adaptation to Sea Level Rise and Other Impacts of Climate Change

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Virtual Climate Adaptation Library

Florida Institute of Technology

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Public Water Supply Utilities Climate Impacts Working Group

University of Florida Water Institute

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