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Hydrology of the Everglades in the Context of Climate Change

USGS, CES, Sea Grant Sponsored Workshop 
March 29 & 30, 2012 
Florida Atlantic University Davie Campus


Purpose: Landscape

The purpose of this workshop was twofold:

  • To assess the state of knowledge of the impacts of current and future climate change on the hydrological cycle in the Everglades. To gain a greater understanding of downscaled hydrologic global models for the Everglades.
  • To examine each of the components of the cycle in the greater Everglades by identifying:
    • our understanding of potential changes in precipitation quantity and intensity, evapotranspiration, percolation to groundwater, runoff and drainage, and
    • critical knowledge gaps with respect to future patterns and their impact.


Participants learned the state of science, regional experience, understand uncertainties, and information gaps. This was an initiation of a local effort to incorporate climate change into restoration planning.

Steering Committee:

  • Leonard Berry, Director, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Coordinator, Florida Climate Change Initiative, Florida Atlantic University
  • G. Ronnie Best, Coordinator, Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science, US Geological Survey
  • Robert Fennema, Hydrologist, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
  • Karl E. Havens, Director and Professor, Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida
  • Vasu Misra, Assistant Professor, Meteorology, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), Florida State University
  • Jayantha Obeysekera, Hydrologic & Environmental Systems Modeling, South Florida Water Management District
  • Ramesh Teegavarapu, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, Florida Atlantic University
  • Russell Weeks, Chief, Hydrologic Modeling Section, US Army Corps of Engineers

This technical meeting is sponsored by:


For more information contact:

MaryBeth Hartman Kerber, Conference & Outreach Coordinator 
Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University 
mhartman@fau.edu  or (954) 236-1203 

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