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Figure 3. The oyster bed is photographed at low tide when the animals are exposed to the air. These are called inter-tidal oyster beds. In some places in Florida, where the water is deeper in the estuary, the oysters always are underwater. These are called sub-tidal oyster beds. Credit: UF/IFAS photo

Climate Change: Effects on Salinity in Florida’s Estuaries and Responses of Oysters, Seagrass, and Other Biota

July 24, 2015

Florida's economically important estuaries could be heavily impacted by sea-level rise and altered river flow, both caused by climate change. The resulting higher salinity, or saltiness of the water, could harm plants and animals, alter fish ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources
Tags: Climate Change, Coastal Ecosystems, Florida Sea Grant, Karl Havens
Figure 1. A photo of Lake Okeechobee, looking out over the western marsh region to the open waters of the large lake. Credit: South Florida Water Management District

Climate Change and Ecosystem Services of Florida’s Largest Water Body: Lake Okeechobee

July 24, 2015

Future climate change could result in higher temperatures and greater evaporative water loss in Florida. If these changes are not compensated for by more rainfall, the state's largest water body, Lake Okeechobee, could experience prolonged periods ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Climate Change, Florida Sea Grant, Karl Havens, Lake Okeechobee Drainage Basin
Figure 2. Nutrients and temperature act synergistically to stimulate blooms of harmful microorganisms in estuaries and nearshore ocean waters. Warming ocean waters caused by climate change are predicted to increase problems with blooms.

Climate Change and the Occurrence of Harmful Microorganisms in Florida’s Ocean and Coastal Waters

July 24, 2015

Climate change is expected to result in increased temperatures of nearshore ocean water, and this could lead to increased growth of harmful microorganisms. These include algae that form noxious or toxic blooms, including red tides, and bacteria ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources
Tags: Climate Change, Florida Sea Grant, Karl Havens, Red Tides

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