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The Florida Water & Climate Alliance (FloridaWCA)

Collaborative • Actionable • Locally Relevant

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.

The FloridaWCA 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. 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.

Common Utility Questions and Needs regarding climate information
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.

FloridaWCA Utility Research Agenda
A utility relevant research agenda for climate change and variability impacts was developed to identify utility needs, available tools, research needs, current research projects, and additional research needs of interest to the FloridaWCA participants. Climate research areas were identified including temperature, rainfall, storms/hurricanes, sea level rise, and carbon emissions, and socially relevant issues.

FloridaWCA Steering Committee

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This work is partially funded under a grant from the Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office. The views expressed on this website represent those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of NOAA.