Climate change, climate variability, sea level rise and associated uncertainties and risks pose complex challenges to the planning and operations of Florida’s public water supply utilities. The Florida Water and Climate Alliance is a stakeholder-scientist partnership committed to increasing the relevance of climate science data and tools at relevant time and space scales to support decision-making in water resource management, planning and supply operations in Florida.
The FloridaWCA collaborative Learning network is engaged in co-exploration and co-development of actionable climate science. FloridaWCA Projects contribute to assessing and developing relevant climate data and tools and ensuring their usefulness to water supply and resource planning. According to FloridaWCA utility stakeholders the most important drivers that they currently face relative to climate change and variability are related to a) changes in precipitation, temperature and evapotranspiration patterns/extreme events and b) sea level rise.
Facilitated by the UF Water Institute, FloridaWCA collaborators include six major public water supply utilities, three water management districts in Florida, local government representatives and several academic organizations.