A USGS & CES Sponsored Meeting
February 14 & 15, 2013
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton Campus
The purpose of this technical meeting was to (1) have experts in Everglades ecosystems predict how key attributes may respond to specific future climate scenarios that include increased temperature, altered rainfall and runoff, higher evapotranspiration, rising sea level, greater climate extremes, and elevated atmospheric CO2; and (2) identify gaps in scientific information leading to unacceptable levels of uncertainty in ecological predictions, including changes in environmental parameters needed by ecologists to predict how these ecosystems may respond; and (3) to consider options for future resource management and scientific needs and capabilities to support management adaptations.
The workshop identified that the effects of climate change must be carefully considered and that those effects which are deemed likely to influence the outcome of Everglades restoration must be taken into consideration in the planning and implementation of regional projects. The workshop also identified that major uncertainties exist, from those associated with climate projections to those about specific changes in ecological structure and function. These uncertainties must be prioritized and then reconciled with timely research that can support decisions by resource managers.
This technical meeting is sponsored by:
For more information contact:
Mary Beth Hartman, Conference & Outreach Coordinator
Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University
Mary Beth Hartman or (954) 236-1203