Sea of Change

Around the world, the oceans are rising according to many scientists. Many residents of South Florida say they’re seeing it with their own eyes. In this edition of Florida Crossroads, we take a closer look at sea level rise — what scientists say is causing it and what local and state leaders are doing to adapt and protect their communities from what they say might be devastating consequences.

Jeff Chanton, atmospheric science professor at Florida State University,

Jeff Chanton, atmospheric science professor at Florida State University,

My research focus is fairly broad but follows the focus of either methane and carbon dioxide production, emission and cycling, and/or stable isotope analysis. At this time I am working in six different areas:

Wetlands, looking at permafrost decomposition in the northern boreal zone;

Food webs, learning about trophic relationships in estuaries;

Reducing methane emissions to the atmosphere, designing landfill cover soils which promote the growth of methane-consuming bacteria;

Methane gas hydrates, which some estimate may be a large reservoir of fossil fuel to be mined;

Pine forests, which can be large sinks for excess CO2; and

Groundwater discharge, an overlooked process which is important to the nutrient budgets of coastal waters

Scientists ask governor for meeting to talk climate science

By Mary Ellen Klas 07/15/2014 6:00 PM 07/16/2014 11:15 AM


Jeff Chanton, atmospheric science professor at Florida State University, hands a letter to Kim McClure in Gov. Rick Scott’s office. The Miami Herald

In an effort to push Gov. Rick Scott into the debate on climate change, 10 prominent scientists from the state’s top universities on Tuesday asked for an opportunity to explain to him the impact human-induced global warming will have on Florida.

“We note you have been asked several times about how, as Governor, you will handle the issue of climate change,” the professors wrote in a two-page letter to Scott. “You responded that you are ‘not a scientist.’ We are scientists and we would like the opportunity to explain what is at stake for our state.”

Scott initially denied the impact of human-induced global warming when he first ran for office in 2010, saying he has “not been convinced that there’s any man-made climate change.” He has since been reluctant to engage on the issue, answering only, “ I’m not a scientist,” when asked about it.

01/27/2015 Florida Crossroads – Sea of Change


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