Florida Climate Institute Expands

September 19, 2012

The Florida Climate Institute announces an expansion among four Florida schools.

The move however won't just benefit students at FSU.

"This is a research that will be highly relevant to across the southeast general United States," said FSU professor Dr. Vasu Misra.

The Florida Climate Institute will expand from FSU and UF to include USF, UCF, Florida Atlantic, and the University of Miami.

"We are now going to be a forced to [be] reckoned with in some sense with five of the universities in the state."

The goal is to share information and new technologies which will help the bottom line by gaining more accurate predictions of crop yields for farmers. Students here at FSU aren't the only ones that will benefit from the program. They're also reaching out to the private sector to help all the residents of Florida.

Companies across the state can also share ideas for clean water management. Dr. Misra says this practical work that can benefit society is a great motivational tool for students.

"I know it's all really helpful to have resources available to us and I'm really excited to see what this program really has to offer," said FSU meteorology student Daphne Girisgen.

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Tallahassee, FL - September 18, 2012

The announcement came this week that Florida State University and the University of Florida hopes to combine more resources.

Florida State is known for its weather program at the school and now other universities will be able to share its resources and knowledge thanks to the agreement.

The Florida climate institute is adding the University of South Florida, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic and the University of Miami.

The goal is to create new technologies for economic benefits and reliable scientific information.

This will benefit the state during hurricane season as well as with Florida’s ever changing climate.

The universities hope to promote additional cooperation with the private sector and to develop a climate ready workforce as well as warn residents about risks unique to the state.

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Tallahassee, FL- September 17, 2012

The Florida Climate Institute — a joint venture between Florida State University and the University of Florida — is expanding to include the resources for four additional Florida universities.

The Florida Climate Institute has joined forces with the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami. The institute seeks to develop reliable scientific information and new technologies aimed at achieving statewide economic benefits and environmental sustainability in a variable and changing climate.

This expanded institute will bring together outstanding scientists from multiple universities to conduct research needed by Floridians on climate change and sea level rise, and it will provide education on economic and environmental opportunities and risks.

“This expansion will provide unique collaborative science opportunities for FSU scientists to work on climate issues that are uniquely relevant to Florida,” said Eric Chassignet, director of Florida State’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies and of the FSU branch of the FCI.

“Each Florida university brings to the table complementary strengths and expertise that will allow the Florida Climate Institute to address questions that a single institution could not do,” he said. “FSU's strengths include global and regional climate modeling, extreme events, sea level rise, seasonal forecast, risk assessments and economic impact.”

The collaboration will promote additional cooperation with the private sector with a Florida-centric focus to help develop a climate-ready work force and to provide informationabout the climate-related risks that are unique to the state.

“Interest in climate change and sea level rise has grown considerably over the past decade,” Chassignet said, adding that “Floridians need reliable scientific information about potential changes so that they can make decisions and policies that are economically beneficial and environmentally sound. This is particularly important given the wide range of opinions and often-conflicting interpretations of available evidence that are presented to the public.”

Furthermore, Chassignet added, “The capacity of each of our respective programs to compete for national and international funding programs will be increased as a result of this broadened expertise base.”

For more information, visit www.floridaclimateinstitute.org.


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