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College of Arts & Sciences
Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute

Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE)


Principal Investigator:  Dr. Christopher T. Emrich


The goal of this project is twofold. First, we will provide an expert overview of climate-sensitive threats to lives and livelihoods within the state of Florida that is grounded in science and supported by pre-existing studies at the state and regional level. Second, we will assess and analyze priority climate-sensitive hazards for spatial and population impacts across the state. To that end, this report will focus on identifying, describing, and detailing multiple climate-sensitive events that will be influenced either positively or negatively by changes in Florida’s climate. This review provides the scientific justification for identifying priority climate hazard threats to health for Florida’s populations. The following sections will discuss a general background of hazards and losses for Florida, including an overview of hazards related to an overabundance of water (rain, flooding, and severe storms), severe and large scale events (storm surge and sea level rise), and those related to a lack of water (drought, heat, and wildfire). A short conclusion will highlight the findings and tease out those hazards that pose a threat to the most people across the state.


Christopher T. Emrich, Daniel P. Morath, Gregg C. Bowser, and Rachel Reeves, 2014.  Climate Sensitive Hazards in Florida: Idenfifying and Prioritizing Threats to Build Resilience against Climate Effects.  Final Report to the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology.