Climatic Change

, Volume 112, Issue 3–4, pp 1015–1035 | Cite as

Facilitating adaptation to global climate change: perspectives from experts and decision makers serving the Florida Keys

  • Evan Flugman
  • Pallab MozumderEmail author
  • Timothy Randhir


Slivers of land amidst the world’s third largest barrier reef, the Florida Keys provide unique insights on the emerging challenges associated with adaptation to global climate change. While political will and public awareness are gradually shifting on the imposing risks, analysis of survey responses from experts and decision makers serving the Florida Keys (federal, state and local personnel) reveals insufficient resources, limited direction and leadership, and lack of institutional frameworks to facilitate the adaptation process. Against this backdrop, we investigate experts and decision makers’ interest in an array of adaptation measures including their willingness to support a proposed ‘Community Adaptation Fund’ (CAF) to mobilize resources and lay the foundation for adaptation initiatives in the Florida Keys. We also explore potential funding sources for establishing the proposed CAF, and test the feasibility of a diverse set of financing mechanisms. We discuss implications of our findings in the context of enhancing adaptive capacity in the Florida Keys and beyond.


Decision Maker Coral Reef Adaptive Capacity Funding Mechanism Marine Product 
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We thank Hugh Gladwin, Mahadev Bhat, Michael Ross, (Florida International University, Miami, FL), Chris Bergh (The Nature Conservancy, Florida Keys) for their invaluable comments and encouragement throughout the research process. Susanne Moser (National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO) was very kind in sharing her survey instrument with us. We acknowledge the Healey Research Endowment Grant at the University of Massachusetts, the College of Arts and Science’s Summer Research Grant at Florida International University and a grant from National Science Foundation (#0838683) for supporting this research. However, the opinions expressed here are solely those of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evan Flugman
    • 1
  • Pallab Mozumder
    • 2
    Email author
  • Timothy Randhir
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Earth and EnvironmentFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Environment, Department of Economics and Social Science Laboratory at the International Hurricane Research CenterFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Department of Environmental ConservationUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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