FAU Partners with Florida Climate Institute for Ongoing Climate Change Initiative
BOCA RATON, FL (September 18, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University has announced a partnership with the existing members of The Florida Climate Institute (FCI), the University of Florida (UF) and Florida State University (FSU), as well as three other Florida universities, to form a stronger coalition tasked with better understanding climate variability and change.
“Interest in climate change and sea level rise has grown considerably in the past decade. Floridians need reliable scientific information about potential changes so that they can make decisions and policies that are economically beneficial and environmentally sound,” said Len Berry, Ph.D., director of FAU’s Florida Center for Environmental Studies, and expert in the field of climate change. “This is particularly important given the wide range of opinions and, often conflicting, interpretations of available evidence that are presented to the public.”
FCI was originally developed in 2009 by UF and FSU with the goal of adding complementary expertise from other universities in Florida. A clustering grant funded by the Board of Governors, awarded to UF, FSU and FAU in 2010, further emphasized the need for universities and external stakeholders throughout the state to collaborate on climate change (http://floridaclimate.org).
FCI will now be expanded to include FAU, University of South Florida (USF), University of Central Florida (UCF), and the University of Miami (UM) in order to reach this goal. With this broadened base of expertise, the group expects to increase the ability of each member university to compete for national and international funding programs.
The expanded organization will promote additional cooperation with the private sector with a Florida-centric focus to help develop a climate-ready workforce and to provide information about the climate-related risks that are unique to our state. This broadened institute will bring together outstanding scientists from multiple universities to conduct research needed by Floridians on climate change and sea level rise, and it will provide education on economic and environmental opportunities and risks.
-FAU-Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.