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Florida-Specific Vulnerability Assessments

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  •  Charlotte Harbor (2.85 MB)
    In 2008, the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) published a region-wide vulnerability assessment that considered significant changes in air and water and the effects of those changes on human health. The assessment identifies the following health-related sectors as the most vulnerable to the effects of these changes: competition for water (public water supply, agriculture, flood control, and the environment), low-lying facilities that are subject to sea-level rise (such as medical facilities and wastewater treatment plants), and public health (with special concern for the relatively high elderly population). The assessment was used to inform the 2010 adaptation plan for the City of Punta Gorda, Florida.
  • Lee County (4.9 MB)
    The Lee County Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment is a comprehensive, “big-picture” plan that that assesses significant potential changes in the air and water and the effects of those changes on human health. This assessment pays special attention to the spread and altered distribution of climate-related tropical diseases and disease occurrence in Lee County.
  • Southeast Florida (7.79 MB)
    This vulnerability analysis was developed by the Southeast Regional Climate Change Compact to guide and inform the adaptation planning process among Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. Using a regionally consistent methodology for inundation mapping and vulnerability analysis, this document assesses the vulnerability of the Southeast Florida region to one-, two-, and three-foot sea level rise scenarios. This analysis takes into account the locations and vulnerability of public health facilities, such as hospitals and emergency shelters, in order to begin to identify infrastructure at risk and to develop adaptation strategies and policies to address these risks with the intent of becoming a more climate-resilient community.