FIU SLSC, FEMA partner to build climate change resiliency

FEMATo build climate change resiliency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) partnered with FIU to provide local community leaders with the knowledge and tools to assess and improve their capabilities to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from climate impacts, including sea level rise, drought and wildfires, heatwaves, floods, powerful storms and other hazards.

FEMA’s National Exercise Division and FIU’s Sea Level Solutions Center and Southeast Environmental Research Center hosted a seminar Sept. 21-22 that brought together public, private and nonprofit sector decision makers from Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The White House named FIU as the host for the pilot seminar earlier this summer. It will set the stage for building a sustainable, “Climate Adaptation, Preparedness and Resilience Seminar” program across the country. More information >>

Universities join forces to tackle urban water crises

Copyright 2011, André Lui Bernardo
Copyright 2011, André Lui Bernardo

With drought conditions putting a strain on resources throughout South Florida, FIU is investigating long-term solutions to water crises as part of a newly launched consortium.

The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is comprised of 14 academic institutions and key partners across the United States, and focuses on addressing the challenges that threaten urban water systems throughout the nation and around the world. Researchers hope to create technological, institutional, and management solutions that will help communities increase the resilience of their water systems and enhance preparedness for responding to water crises.

“It’s exciting that of the three Urban Sustainability Research Networks established this year, FIU will serve as a critical node for two,” said Evelyn Gaiser, executive director of FIU’s School of Environment, Arts and Society. “These grants are particularly timely as FIU is preparing to launch the Sea Level Solutions Center, which will serve as an outlet for much of the research, education and outreach involved in these and likely spin-off programs.” More information >>