RCAP Database | Water Supply, Management and Infrastructure: WS-10

Encourage, foster, and support investigative work and scientific research that improves the understanding of local and regional climate change impacts specific to south Florida including:

  • Improved down-scaling of global climate models for representation of precipitation at the regional/local scales.
  • Identification and targeting of gaps in monitoring to improve quantification of the hydrologic system and its response to climate change, such as evapotranspiration, groundwater levels, and precipitation, and local sea level;
  • Development of risk-based decision support tools and processes for application in analysis of infrastructure design, water resource management, natural systems management, and hazard mitigation alternatives. Tools should provide for consideration of potential economic costs of comparative planning scenarios, management decisions, and infrastructure investments and the evaluation of potential tradeoffs.
Planning Horizon: 
Short (0-5 years)
Potential Partners: 
NOAA, USGS, SFWMD, County and Municipal Agencies, Utility Directors, Drainage/Water Control Districts
Potential Funding Sources: 
USGS, NOAA, FEMA, NASA
Estimated Resources Required: 
Additional funds will improve assessments through more accurate representation of existing infrastructure and refined grid
Milestone Progress: 
Enhancement of regional/local monitoring New and/or renewed support for local/regional research initiatives. Development of decision support tools and communication of results using appropriate visualization tools.

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