Tools for Climate Change

Principal Investigator

Developing decision support tools for understanding, communicating, and adapting to the impacts of climate on the sustainability of coastal ecosystem services.

Develop decision support tools to explore the effect of urbanization on the resilience of coastal ecosystem services under future climate change scenarios.

This project will use expert opinion analysis to develop semi-quantitative cause-effect networks linking climate and human-development pressures, local ecosystem states, and their associated ecosystem services under different climate forecasts. A parallel examination will estimate future changes in ecosystem areal cover, abundance, and quality of focal ecosystem components under the same climate scenarios. These changes will be linked to the production of ecosystem services.

The study area includes three distinct zones of south Florida:

  1. Southeast coast
  2. Southwest coast
  3. The Everglades National Park in Florida Bay