Thank you to everyone who came to the Matanzas sea level rise planning workshops last week. A total of 100 people participated. We appreciate your time and effort, especially since the workshops were highly interactive. The workshop agenda was:
- Welcome by Dr. Michael Shirley, Director of the GTM Research Reserve
- Participant keypad polling led by Ms. Emily Montgomery, Coastal Training Program Coordinator for the GTM Research Reserve
- Project Introduction, Findings and Strategies by Dr. Dawn Jourdan, Collaboration Lead, and Dr. Kathryn Frank, Principal Investigator
- Matanzas Basin Visioning large group exercise led by Emily Montgomery
- Adaptation Strategies Game small group exercise developed by Ms. Briana Ozor, UF Graduate Student
- Posters and maps: Project Overview, Study Area, Low-Lying Places, Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model, and Impacts and Adaptation Strategies
The project team will summarize participants’ adaptation planning preferences and post the summary to this website. We will bring these results together with those of other stakeholder group workshops in the spring, and the information will inform the next year of planning to develop future land use scenarios and an adaptation strategies toolbox for the region. We look forward to seeing everyone again as the project progresses.
In addition to the work of the project team, Dr. Kathryn Frank’s Advanced Environmental Planning class of six PhD and three masters students will have a semester long assignment to translate the completed technical analyses for the upcoming public workshops this Fall. Showing their commitment to the project, the class took a field trip to the Matanzas Basin on Labor Day. A highlight of the trip was a kayak tour of the Matanzas Estuary with Ripple Effect Ecotours. The class is excited to learn more about the communities and ecology of the Matanzas Basin, and to assist the region in planning for coastal change.
The project’s Matanzas Basin Steering Committee held their third meeting on August 13 near St. Augustine. The UF project team presented modeling results (maps) of potential sea level rise impacts on habitats and storm surge in the Matanzas Basin, and how these results may be used to design habitat migration corridors in the second year of the project (2013). The modeling results gave Steering Committee members a better understanding of the science of sea level rise and what it means for the basin and neighboring cities and communities. The results will also be presented at the upcoming public workshops in the Fall. The Steering Committee provided feedback to the project team about designing and scheduling these workshops. Individual members also video taped short messages about what makes the Matanzas Basis special and why it is important to plan for future sea level rise and other coastal changes. These videos will be shown at the public workshops. The project team greatly appreciates the guidance provided by the Steering Committee and their generous time commitment.
Welcome to the project website and blog for Planning for Sea Level Rise in the Matanzas Basin. The project began in November, 2011, and we now have this site to share our activities and progress with everyone. The website contains an events calendar and background information (such as in the About and FAQ pages), and the blog will provide project updates, interesting details, and opportunities for public input. The project runs until October 2014, so there is a lot yet to come. If you would like to receive email notice of all new posts, click “follow” in the lower right corner. We welcome your comments and questions at any time. Thank you for your interest in the project!