Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainabilty Research Network (UREx SRN)

Grimm, N. (PI), Redman, C. (Co-PI), Gaiser, E. (FIU PI), Kominoski, J. (FIU Co-PI), Troxler, T. (FIU Co-PI), et al. National Science Foundation. November 2015 – October 2020
The UREx SRN focuses on integrating social, ecological, and technical systems to devise, analyze, and support urban infrastructure decisions in the face of climate uncertainty. It leverages a network of nine, diverse cities, a network of 65 experts, a holistic conceptual framework, inclusive, participatory approaches,a workflow, education program, and an evaluation plan that produces results and continually learning. The central question we are addressing is: How do social, ecological, and technological systems (SETS) domains interact to generate vulnerability or resilience to climate-related extreme events, and how can urban SETS dynamics be guided along more resilient, equitable, and sustainable trajectories?

Urban Water Innovation Network (U-WIN): Transitioning Toward Sustainable Water Systems

Sukop, M. (PI, FIU), Nepomechie, M. (Co-PI, FIU), Mostafavidarani, A. (Co-PI, Texas A&M), Urban Water Innovation Network (U-WIN): Transitioning Toward Sustainable Water Systems. National Science Foundation. November 2015 – October 2020.
The network, a consortium of academic institutions and key partners across the U.S., include research, engagement and educational programs that address challenges that threaten urban water systems. The mission of UWIN is to create technological, institutional, and management solutions to help communities increase the resilience of their water systems and enhance preparedness for responding to water crises.

The Effects of Projected Sea-Level Rise on Everglades Coastal Ecosystems

Troxler, T. (PI, FIU), Sklar, F. (Co-PI, SFWMD), Gaiser, E. (Co-PI, FIU), Davis, S. (Co-PI, EF), Kominoski, J. (Co-PI, FIU), Coronado-Molina, C. (Co-PI, SFWMD), Madden, C. (Co-PI, SFWMD).
The Effects of Projected Sea-Level Rise on Everglades Coastal Ecosystems: Evaluating the Potential for and Mechanisms of Peat Collapse Using Integrated Mesocosm and Field Manipulations. Florida Seagrant, NOAA. January 2016-February 2018.
This study identifies potential mechanisms for how salinity and saltwater inundation contribute to peat loss in freshwater and brackish wetlands, which can be used to inform Everglades and South Florida water management decisions and more broadly inform ecosystem management of coastal landscapes worldwide. This study will advance the Sea Grant mission by integrating scientific research and coastal water management challenges to develop actionable information and best management practices for water management and conservation of coastal resources. The outcome of the study will have immediate application to water and environmental management needs, and has been designed with end-users (e.g., SFWMD) to ensure that information will be readily accessible to water managers and decision makers. This project will continue to increase our understanding of the net effect of increased salinity and inundation specifically examining the effects of chronic and acute saltwater intrusion events on Everglades coastal peat communities.

Miami Children’s Museum: Interactive Water Exhibit

Marine, M., Peterson, E., Nepomechie, M. and Troxler, T. FIU by Design-CARTA/SLSC “Envisioning Study: Charrette-Interactive Water Exhibit”. July-August 2016
Miami Children’s Museum sponsored a Design Charrette in order to produce Design drawings and a scale model. FIU By Design with faculty experts in the Schools of Architecture, Education, Journalism and Mass Communication and Environment, Arts and Society, and with the Sea Level Solutions Center, designed and created conceptual plans and drawings that can be used by the Miami Children’s Museum as a basis for fundraising and enable them to receive bid proposals from fabricators. The program related objectives for the Miami Children’s Museum Interactive Water Exhibit were to (1) Educate children and their families about Sea Level Rise and the South Florida Ecosystem and (2) Develop an interactive, engaging means of communicating ideas about the causes, consequences and solutions of sea level rise in south Florida.

Support for EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory on Coastal Wetland Land-use in the U.S.

Crooks, S. (PI, Silvestrum), Troxler, T. (Co-PI, FIU), Sutton-Grier, A. (NOAA), Muth, M. (NOAA), Wirth, T. (EPA)
Support for EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory on Coastal Wetland Land-use in the U.S. Restore America Estuaries. July 2016-April 2017.
Collaborating with the Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) to engage in the Blue Carbon Baseline Assessment. RAE is partnering with NOAA to conduct an IPCC Tier 1 & II baseline assessment of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals associated with coastal wetlands, with a goal of eventually incorporating the results into the 2017 submission of the U.S. national GHG inventory.
GHG inventory just released, with coastal wetlands change included for the first time: 1990-2015 US National GHG Inventory

Stabilize and Protect South Florida Archeological Sites with Integrated Ecosystem Restoration

Crowl, T (PI), Ogurcak, D., Parkinson, R.
Stabilize and Protect South Florida Archeological Sites with Integrated Ecosystem Restoration. National Park Service. September 2016-2017.
Cultural resource sites are found throughout south Florida in a variety of environmental settings. These sites date to both colonial and pre-colonial times and examples include burial mounds (e.g., Tequesta site on Totten Key in BNP), ancient engineering (e.g., Mud Lake Canal on Cape Sable in ENP), and shell middens in the Ten Thousand Islands (Parkinson 1989). Most sites are found in close proximity to the coastline or are embedded in surrounding wetlands. As a consequence, these sites are vulnerable to the effects of accelerating sea level rise and anthropogenic climate change that will bring higher tides, more frequent strong hurricanes, and increased erosion. Many of these sites are already undergoing degradation. As each site is found in a specific geomorphologic setting, the threats to sites vary spatially across south Florida. Prioritizing site stabilization requires identification of the unique settings in which each is found, an assessment of current and future threats, and a determination of possible management interventions.