October 28-31, 2024
Kissimmee, Florida


Climate variability poses significant changes to the environment, natural resources, and communities throughout Florida. The southeast is particularly vulnerable to climate change compared to other cities across the country with expected impacts to infrastructure and human health. Degraded coastal environments reduce natural buffers to storms and flooding, resulting in increased risks to people and economies in coastal communities.

Mitigating and adapting to climate change requires action on all levels, from individuals, communities, and governments. Because it is a problem driven by the activities of people, solutions must evolve from the actions and needs of people. Stakeholders including policy makers, local governments, and the public want reliable, scientific, region-specific climate information so they can better prepare their communities for climate variability into the future.

This symposium is designed to unite these communities of practice throughout the state as we collectively address and improve outcomes for water inundation stemming from high tides, storm surge, extreme events, runoff from excessive rainfall, poor drainage, and other sources impacting the built environment.

The goals of the symposium are:

Share knowledge of inundation impacts on public resources
Share successful approaches and lessons learned from a community perspective
Feature tools and technologies used for community adaptation
Promote interdisciplinary exchange of ideas
Unite in a forum of collective expertise to build a more resilient Florida

Should Acts of God or natural or public health emergencies prevent this event from being held in-person, conference sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.

UF School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Sea Grant Florida
UF Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER)
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