2nd UF Water Institute Symposium Abstract

Submitter's Name Radley Horton
Session Name Plenary Session
Category Opening Plenary Session
Author(s) Radlley M. Horton,  NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  Climate Hazard Assessment and Risk Management in the Southeastern United States
  Climate variability and climate change in the Southeast present a range of hydrological, ecological, agricultural and infrastructural impacts. Climate impacts are driven both by: 1) long-term mean variables, such as temperature, precipitation and sea level, and 2) extreme events, such as cold air outbreaks, heat waves, intense precipitation events, droughts, and coastal storm surges. Methods have been developed that allow for policy-relevant climate forecasts and projections; sound risk management demands that uncertainty estimates are incorporated into the planning process. As important, from an impacts perspective, is research on system vulnerabilities. By linking specific climate hazards and impacts through stakeholder-driven assessments, adaptation strategies can be developed that minimize climate risk and leverage potential climate and societal benefits. Given the aforementioned uncertainties, monitoring/ reassessment and flexible adaptation strategies should be built into the planning process throughout the water sector and beyond.