Climate conference set for Nov. 19 at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus



Excerpted from the Campus Insider October 2021 - October 7, 2021


The Sarasota-based Climate Adaptation Center (CAC), led by noted climate scientist Bob Bunting, will host a daylong conference at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus on Nov. 19, featuring a range of climate experts and a special discussion about climate change on Florida’s West Coast.

The event, the 2021 Florida Climate Forecast Conference, will include several notable speakers including, among others:

  • T.H. Culhane, director of climate change and sustainability, Patel College of Global Sustainability, USF
  • Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, senior resident fellow for climate and energy program, Third Way; former chief economist, U.S. Department of Commerce; former chief economist, Ford Motor Company
  • Robert Corell, director of the CAC and a climate scientist who contributed to the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization that was co-awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize 
  • Bob Bunting, a climate scientist and chairman and CEO of the Climate Adaptation Center 
  • Whit Remer, sustainability manager, City of Tampa
  • John Lewis, administrator, Sarasota County
  • Chris Castro, sustainability manager, City of Orlando, among others.

Hughes-Cromwick will deliver the keynote address: “Clean Electrification, Getting to Net-Zero and Pitfalls: Why We Are Not Trading One Problem for Another.”

Karen Holbrook, regional chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee campus; David Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer, Cumberland Advisors; and William Kennedy, vice chair of programs, Global Interdependence Center, will provide opening remarks.

Among the topics will be a special discussion about climate change on Florida’s West Coast and forecasts for the state for 2030, 2040 and 2050. The sessions also will explore:

  • The frequency of hurricanes, their characteristics including intensity, duration, storm surge and related issues 
  • The outlook for red tide, with more frequent and longer-lasting blooms and their impacts on human health 
  • The magnitude of sea level rise 
  • Seasonal day and night temperatures 
  • The issue of low-probability but high-impact events 
  • Investments and investing in light of these forecasts 

In addition to the discussions about forecasts and their impacts, the panelists will explore the reasons behind the changing climate.

Several more discussions are planned as well, including sessions that examine the economic impact of climate change and possible government responses. The conference will be held at the campus’ Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, starting at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast. A buffet lunch will be held at noon. The cost of the conference is $65.

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