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9/8 THUR 16:00 | 4-County Climate Change Planning 3


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Jennifer Jurado

This session will discuss the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact agreed to by Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties in SE Florida, and their partnering with the
South Florida Water Management District. The 5.6 million residents of the four counties exceed the population of 30 states and represent 30 percent of Florida’s population, and are situated in
one of the nation’s areas most vulnerable to climate change. The session will detail the Regional Climate Change Compact’s objectives,
its accomplishments to date and the ongoing development of a regional climate action plan.

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9/8 THUR 16:00 | 4-County Climate Change Planning 3

  1. 1. The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact Jennifer Jurado, Ph.D., Director Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division Presented to: Florida APA September 8, 2011
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Elements of the Compact </li></ul><ul><li>Compact Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul>
  3. 3. Characteristics Across Borders <ul><li>Low lying coastal community </li></ul><ul><li>Tourist-based economy </li></ul><ul><li>Natural resources of national significance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everglades ecosystem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biscayne National Park </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coral reefs including Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Common airshed, watershed, and climate </li></ul><ul><li>Regional transportation system </li></ul>
  4. 4. Common Region/Different Approaches e.g. Vulnerability Analysis <ul><li>Miami-Dade </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts reviewed based on land elevation </li></ul><ul><li>1, 2 and 4 foot scenarios used </li></ul><ul><li>Broward </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts reviewed for tidal area </li></ul><ul><li>1, 2 and 3 foot scenarios used </li></ul>
  5. 5. Common Region/Different Approaches e.g. Sea level Rise Projections Increasing Uncertainty 2030 2050 Key West Sea Level Broward CCTF Science and Technical Subcommittee Projection (2009) Miami-Dade CCATF Projection (2008) SFWMD Projection for 2060 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (June 2009) 2060 2100
  6. 6. <ul><li>300 participants </li></ul><ul><li>Elected officials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Municipal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>34 municipalities </li></ul><ul><li>Members of green teams & task forces </li></ul>Coordination of a Summit
  7. 7. Water Resources and Climate Change Red zones indicate high vulnerability to sea level rise.
  8. 8. U.S. Drought Monitor Extreme Weather Drought Conditions <ul><li>4 droughts in last decade </li></ul>
  9. 9. Threatened Potable Water Supplies Saltwater intrusion into the aquifer Regional drought
  10. 10. Broward Water Resources and Climate Change <ul><li>Physical characteristics and vulnerabilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flat topography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low lying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unconfined aquifer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dense urban population </li></ul></ul>Extreme Storm Events <ul><li>Hurricane Intensity ↑ </li></ul><ul><li>Tropical cyclones </li></ul><ul><li>Storm Frequency ↓ </li></ul><ul><li>Storm-related Rainfall ↑ </li></ul>
  11. 11. 8-16 inches rainfall Photo: Sun Sentinel Extreme Weather Rain Events
  12. 12. Tidal Flooding <ul><li>Isle of Capri Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Coral Way </li></ul><ul><li>Las Olas Isles </li></ul>8 inches above average high tide
  13. 14. Tidal Flooding
  14. 16. Tidal Flooding
  15. 17. Regional Summit Program Exhibits by sponsors Presentations by national experts Panels on climate change initiatives Panel on how to move forward regionally
  16. 18. Summit Deliverable SE Florida Regional Climate Change Compact <ul><li>Adoption by the four County Commissions finalized by unanimous votes – January 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Compact Commitments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop and further federal and state policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convene a Regional Climate Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a Regional Climate Change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Baselines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host Annual Climate Summit </li></ul></ul>
  17. 19. Compact Steering Committee and Collaborating Partners
  18. 20. GHG Work Group <ul><li>Cooperative Data Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Summary for years 2005-2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Regional comparative analysis of emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Create a baseline for planning efforts </li></ul>Regional GHG Emissions Inventory
  19. 21. Vulnerability Work Group <ul><li>Advances in the regional vulnerability analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completion of the digital elevation modeling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agreement on assessment intervals (1, 2, and 3 feet) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritization of infrastructure for analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tested application of protocol by Broward </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agreed upon refinements </li></ul></ul>Regional Vulnerability Assessment
  20. 22. Sea Level Rise Work Group Unified Sea Level Rise Projection
  21. 23. Regional Policy Coordination and Advocacy <ul><li>“… study, define and designate several “Adaptation Action Areas” which are at-risk, </li></ul><ul><li>multi-county, regions of the country, uniquely vulnerable and significantly impacted by rising sea level.” </li></ul>2011 Community Planning Act “ Adaptation Action Areas”
  22. 24. Regional Compact Work Groups <ul><li>Built Environment, Transportation, and Land and Natural Systems Workgroups </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on areas where regional approach enhances efficiency and effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Common Themes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Priority Planning / Adaptation Action Areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water resources and drainage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy use, production, and distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hazard mitigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everglades restoration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach and Education </li></ul></ul>
  23. 25. Next Steps <ul><ul><li>September 2011 - Finalize priority recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>December 8-9, 2011 - Present recommendations at 3 rd Annual Summit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>February 2012 – Finalize and seek adoption of regional action plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action Plan Implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compact Expansion </li></ul></ul>
  24. 26. Questions?