To date, at least three climatic indicators seem to significantly influence weather patterns in south Florida. Are these indicators useful in helping to predict future weather conditions? Our scientists are actively investigating these and other weather-related questions.
Picture at right, from the U.S. Global Change Research Program, illustrates the "conveyor belt" movement of ocean air circulation.
The El Niņo/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) are all being analyzed to determine their relationship to south Florida climate conditions. We incorporate this research into water management planning and management decision processes.
Summary of Research Under Way
Modeling for system-wide or regional response may consider complex interactions between watersheds and combinations of hydrologic, land use and environmental conditions that are typically not considered in the design of individual projects. Drought and flooding events selected for modeling projects depend on the benefits and level of protection desired by the clients/stakeholders as well as the costs and estimated damages. Projects are designed to achieve a suitable balance among expected risks, benefits and costs.
Comments & Questions Invited
You can help us achieve the most suitable balance. Please review our research. If you are a stakeholder, an interested resident, a scientist or researcher -- please share your comments and concerns with us, and with each other. Your participation helps ensure no perspective is overlooked.