Climate Information for Managing Risks: Partnerships and Solutions for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Pre-Symposium Workshop May 23-24, 2011

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Symposium Hosts and Partners

The Symposium is being organized as a collaborative effort by a diverse group of institutions.


University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and extension.  Because of this mission and the diversity of Florida’s climate and agricultural commodities, IFAS has facilities located throughout Florida. 

IFAS is the research and development center for Florida’s agricultural and natural resources industries that have a $93* billion annual impact.

* Technical adjustments in the data and changes in industry sector classification make the total value added impact less than last year; however, Florida's agricultural and natural resource industries continued to grow, by more than 4%

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Southeast Climate Consortium


The Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC) serves Alabama, Florida, and Georgia in partnership with NOAA Climate Program Office, USDA Risk Management Agency, and USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. 


At present, eight universities are members of the SECC:  Auburn University, Clemson University, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, University of Florida, University of Georgia, and University of Miami.


The mission of the Southeast Climate Consortium is to use advances in climate sciences, including improved capabilities to forecast seasonal climate, to provide scientifically sound information and decision support tools for agriculture, forestry, and water resources management in the Southeastern USA. As a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional team, the SECC conducts research and outreach to a broad community of potential users and forms partnerships with extension and education organizations to ensure that SECC products are relevant and reliable.


The centerpiece of the SECC is, a web-based information dissemination and decision support to help agriculture manage risk caused by variable and changing climates.


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Florida Climate Institute


There is a pressing need by society for reliable scientific information about climate variability, climate change, and sea level rise at local to regional scales and for technologies and policy options for societal responses to those changes. The mission of the Florida Climate Institute (FCI) is to meet this need in Florida by fostering interdisciplinary research, education, and extension to: 1) improve understanding of the processes and effects of climate variability, climate change, and sea level rise on the economy, ecosystems, and human-built systems; 2) develop technologies and information for creating economic opportunities and policies that reduce economic and environmental risks in managed and natural systems, and  3) engage Floridians in research, extension and education programs for enhancing adaptive capacity and responses to associated climatic risks and sea level rise.


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