Climate change, climate variability, sea level rise and associated uncertainties and risks pose complex challenges to the planning and operations of Florida’s public water supply utilities. The Florida Water and Climate Alliance is a stakeholder-scientist partnership committed to increasing the relevance of climate science data and tools at relevant time and space scales to support decision-making in water resource management, planning and supply operations in Florida.
According to FloridaWCA utility stakeholders the most important drivers that they currently face relative to climate change and variability are related to a) changes in precipitation, temperature and evapotranspiration patterns/extreme events and b) sea level rise. Utilities need climate/sea level rise information, data and models to understand, predict and adapt to potential impacts of climate change and variability including impacts on demand, impacts of source water availability, impacts on water quality, and impacts on infrastructure capacity. Click the following links to learn more about pressing questions and areas of research needs expressed by participating utilities:
ð Common Utility Questions and Needs regarding climate information
ð FloridaWCA Utility Research Agenda
The collaborative Learning network is engaged in co-exploration and co-development of actionable climate science. FloridaWCA Projects contribute to assessing and developing relevant climate data and tools and ensuring their usefulness to water supply and resource planning.
At the UF Water Institute Symposium in 2014 FloridaWCA participant Alison Adams of Tampa Bay Water asks about support for climate change research for hydrologic modeling to understand impact on water resources. see streaming video
This website is an effort of the participants to serve the network by providing on-line access to relevant information on topics identified by the participants in the areas of Climate, Water, and Communication, useful Data, other Resources and Forums for interactive discussion. We encourage you to click on the tabs at the top of the page to learn more about the FloridaWCA and explore identified resources. If you are interested in knowing more about the Florida Water and Climate Alliance contact firstname.lastname@example.org.