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Open-File Report 2014–1150

Prepared in cooperation with the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Landscape and Climate Science and Scenarios for Florida

By Adam Terando, Steve Traxler, and Jaime Collazo

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The Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PFLCC) is part of a network of 22 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) that extend from Alaska to the Caribbean. LCCs are regional-applied conservation-science partnerships among Federal agencies, regional organizations, States, tribes, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), private stakeholders, universities, and other entities within a geographic area. The goal of these conservation-science partnerships is to help inform managers and decision makers at a landscape scale to further the principles of adaptive management and strategic habitat conservation. A major focus for LCCs is to help conservation managers and decision makers respond to large-scale ecosystem and habitat stressors, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and water scarcity.

The purpose of the PFLCC is to facilitate planning, design, and implementation of conservation strategies for fish and wildlife species at the landscape level using the adaptive management framework of strategic habitat conservation—integrating planning, design, delivery, and evaluation. Florida faces a set of unique challenges when responding to regional and global stressors because of its unique ecosystems and assemblages of species, its geographic location at the crossroads of temperate and tropical climates, and its exposure to both rapid urbanization and rising sea levels as the climate warms.

In response to these challenges, several landscape-scale science projects were initiated with the goal of informing decision makers about how potential changes in climate and the built environment could impact habitats and ecosystems of concern in Florida and the Southeast United States. In June 2012, the PFLCC, North Carolina State University, convened a workshop at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg to assess the results of these integrated assessments and to foster an open dialogue about science gaps and future research needs.

First posted August 7, 2014

For additional information, contact:
Director, DOI Southeast Climate Science Center
Department of Applied Ecology
127 David Clark Labs
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7617

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Suggested citation:

Terando, Adam, Traxler, Steve, and Collazo, Jaime, 2014, Landscape and climate science and scenarios for Florida: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1150, 39 p.,

ISSN 2331–1258 (online)



Science Presentations

Emerging Themes from the Workshop

Recommendations from the Workshop Planning Team

Appendix A. List of Abbreviations Used in this Report

Appendix B. Results from Brainstorming Session

Appendix C. List of Workshop Participants

Appendix D. Additional Information for Landscape-Level Science Assessments

Appendix E. Workshop Description and Agenda

Appendix F. Agenda

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