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2014 Municipal Implementation Survey Report

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact has administered the Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) 2014 Municipal Implementation Survey with the intention to compile climate-related ordinances, resolutions, regulations and administrative policy information from the 108 municipalities in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties. Visit the Compact database to see the results in action.

2015 Compact Unified Sea Level Rise Projection

Category: Supporting Documents This Unified Sea Level Rise projection for Southeast Florida updated in 2015 projects the anticipated range of sea level rise for the region from 1992 to 2100.

2016 Municipal Implementation Survey Report

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact has administered the Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) 2016 Municipal Implementation Survey to capture the progress to-date on the implementation of the RCAP in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties. This survey captures the increase in the implementation rate since the 2014 survey and explores implementation trends in […]

Adaptation Action Area Pilot Project Report

Category: Supporting Documents The Southeast Florida Regional Council partnered with the City of Ft. Lauderdale on an Adaptation Action Area Pilot Project through the Department of Economic Development, funded by a grant from NOAA.

Assessment of Available Tools to Create a More Resilient Transportation System

Category: Supporting Documents This report describes how sea level rise could affect transportation infrastructure in Miami-Dade County. It describes what is already known about the transportation network’s vulnerability to sea level rise and storm events, including the findings from two recent studies that focused on the Southeast Florida region. It discusses the detailed and tailored efforts required to […]

Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities

Category: Supporting Documents Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities is the first study to examine in depth actions that multiple municipalities are taking to address climate-change fueled events like flooding, heat waves, wildfires and intense storms. It found that more municipalities are preparing for climate risks than is conventionally believed, that many of those actions support […]

Effective Sea Level Rise Communication Strategies for Local Governments

Category: Webinars The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact partnered with The Miami Foundation to host this session built to provide local government leaders with effective communication strategies for constituents, staff, electeds, businesses and other stakeholders. In the fall of 2016, The Miami Foundation sponsored a research project on sea level rise communications with Sightful Communications on […]

Emerging Legal and Institutional Responses to Sea-Level Rise in Florida and Beyond

Category: Supporting Documents This article reviews three recent developments in comprehensive planning in Florida and explores their implications for Florida’s local governments and others. The three developments covered in this report are “Adaptation Action Areas” (2011 legislation), “Peril of Flood” (2015 legislation) and  the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (launched in 2009). The report reviews how these developments […]

Evaluating the impact of climate change on U.S. state and local issuers

Category: Supporting Documents Moody’s Investors Service issued a report evaluating the credit impact of climate change on U.S. state and local issuers. The report examined how climate change will increase the country’s vulnerability to climate risks, and how tools for immediate response and long-term recovery can enhance resilience to the impact of extreme weather, which will have varying […]

Florida’s Climate: Changes, Variations, and Impacts

Category: Supporting Documents Florida’s climate has enabled the growth of many of the state’s most important industries, including tourism and agriculture; allowed native ecosystems to flourish; and attracted citizens from around the world. The state’s society and ecosystems are heavily dependent on the local climate, which has prompted questions about how Florida’s climate is changing, how rapidly these changes […]

Guidelines to Local Governments for Temporary Coastal Armoring Seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line

Category: Supporting Documents Released for the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water Resource Management, this document aims to provide coastal governmental entities with appropriate guidance and to facilitate coordination and communication in the event that a hurricane or other coastal storm makes impact with the State of Florida during this 2015 hurricane season.

Health and Sea Level Rise: Impacts on South Florida

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series To allow decision-makers to create more robust adaptation plans that include human health considerations, the Florida Institute for Health Innovation developed a technical assistance guidebook and toolkit for coastal communities that identifies communities most vulnerable to sea level rise impacts and specific potential public health risks.

Implementation Guide

Category: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan The purpose of this guide is to provide guidance and suggestions for implementation. Recognizing that implementation can be a daunting task, the Compact Staff Steering Committee and the work group chairs have presented information here to facilitate the thought process involved in planning and decision making. This is not intended to be an exhaustive guide, […]

Integrating Climate Change & Water Supply Planning In Southeast Florida

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series This Compact Guidance Document is one in a series of publications designed to assist county and municipal policymakers, administrators and program staff with the nuts and bolts of voluntarily implementing the 110 recommendations contained within the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s 2012 Regional Climate Action Plan. The publication series is produced by the Institute […]

Integrating the Unified Sea Level Rise Projection into Local Plans

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series This is a guidance document created by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as an addendum to the Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) Workshop #10: “Essential Tools: Integrating the Southeast Florida Sea Level Rise Projections into Community Planning” held on July 14, 2016. It focuses on the increasing number of local governments that are […]

WEBINAR: Introduction to Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds

Category: Webinars In early 2015, the Florida Office of Energy promulgated allocations for Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) to 12 cities and counties in the Compact region. These federally-subsidized bonds represent a very low cost way for qualified cities and counties to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy for public facilities, reduce transportation-related energy use, and advance […]

King Tide Toolkit

Category: King Tide Resources Created by the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Municipal King Tide Tool Kit is intended to provide other coastal municipalities with communication concepts, terminology, information, and outreach examples based on our experience with flooding due to seasonal extreme high tides, often referred to as kingtides. Fort Lauderdale takes a number of actions to coordinate internally and communicate […]

Miami-Dade’s Final Report in Support of the Sea Level Rise Task Force Final Recommendations

Category: Supporting Documents Miami-Dade County’s final report in support of the Sea Level Rise Task Force final recommendations provides an update on the state of recent advances, as well as a solid foundation upon which a broader, community-wide resilience strategy will be developed. The report focuses on natural protections, county infrastructure, potential risks of flooding and saltwater intrusion, insurance […]

Mobilizing Miami for Sea Level Rise

Category: Supporting Documents Co-funded by The Miami Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the summary and full presentations represent the findings and recommendations by Sightful, a communications advisory firm, after a series of focus groups with diverse stakeholders in Miami-Dade County.  The report provides insights to help organizations in the sea level rise adaptation […]

Nature-Based Coastal Defenses in Southeast Florida

Category: Supporting Documents Nature-Based Coastal Defenses in Southeast Florida is a collaborative publication of The Nature Conservancy and the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s Shoreline Resilience Working Group. This report compiles seven case studies that represent natural or nature-based restoration projects that mitigate the effects of flooding and erosion in southeast Florida.

Regional Impacts of Climate Change and Issues for Stormwater Management

Category: RCAP Implementation Support Guidance Series The Regional Impacts of Climate Change and Issues for Stormwater Management compact guidance document is one in a series of publications designed to assist county and municipal policymakers, administrators and program staff with implementation of the 110 recommendations contained within the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s 2012 Regional Climate Action Plan.

Roadmap to Support Local Climate Resilience: Lessons from the Rising Tides Summit

Category: Supporting Documents This paper presents a roadmap of eight priority federal policy opportunities that build on the recommendations from the 2015 Rising Tides Summit, a first-of-its-kind bipartisan gathering of nearly 40 U.S. mayors and local elected officials from 18 of the 23 coastal U.S. states. The policy roadmap identifies key opportunities for the federal government to assist […]

Sea Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations

Category: Supporting Documents This report gives an introduction to sea level rise issues for policy makers and then focuses on the phenomenon of sea level rise, the types of effects that sea level rise has on U.S. coasts, and policy considerations to address the causes and effects of sea level rise.

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

Category: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan Based on a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional process, the regional climate action plan furnishes over 100 recommendations to prepare the Southeast Florida region to the detrimental effects of climate change.

US DOT Vulnerability and Climate Tools

Category: Supporting Documents Transportation Vulnerability and Climate Change Sensitivity Tools by the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Adminiistration

WEBINAR: Nature Conservancy Coastal Resilience Visualization Tool

Category: Webinars The TNC Coastal Resilience decision support system is a storm surge and sea level rise planning tool for local governments to access when needing a a visualization platform where ecological, social, and economic information can be viewed alongside sea level rise and storm surge scenarios in specific geographies. In addition, a modular, configurable plugin architecture […]

We’re All in This Together: Suggestions for Effective Sea Level Rise Communication

Category: Supporting Documents Co-funded by The Miami Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the summary and full presentations represent the findings and recommendations by Sightful, a communications advisory firm, after a series of focus groups with diverse stakeholders in Miami-Dade County. The report provides insights to help organizations in the sea level rise adaptation […]

What Climate Change Means for Florida

Category: Supporting Documents The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides a general overview of Florida’s changing climate and its implications.

Workshop on Robust Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

Category: Supporting Documents Summary of the Workshop on Robust Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty. The workshop provided an introduction to the philosophy and methods of the RDM approach with special emphasis on deep uncertainty, some examples of other areas where this approach has been applied, and some consideration of the information needs and effort that might be required […]