International Center For Adaptation Planning and Design Future of Planning – UF College of Design, Construction and Planning

Introduction

 

In the continued development of climate change, the impacts of sea level rise (SLR) on coastal life are increasing. Many communities, both urban and rural, are suffering from the effects of sunny day flooding, salinity increase, drainage issues, higher risks from storms and surge, and many other challenges. The majority of the global population, including the Unites States, is placed at risk by SLR.  To increase and support the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities against sea level rise, the Department of Urban & Regional Planning in the College of Design, Planning and Construction at the University of Florida, decided to establish the International Center for Adaptation Planning and Design following a proposal by Dr. Zhong-Ren Peng. Adaptation Planning denotes actions undertaken to analyze and reduce risk, and to capitalize on possible opportunities associated with global climate change.

Major objectives include:

    • Evaluate adaptation strategy in response to sea level rise
    • Examine the impacts of sea level rise on coastal communities
    • Support and develop advanced adaptation planning research
    • Explore efficient solutions to climate change issues
    • Cultivate professional adaptation planners
    • Build a bridge between the University of Florida and planning agencies

We also conduct research in several following areas:

    • Evaluate economic impacts of freight transportation
    • Examine the interactions between shared mobility and urban spatial structure
    • Understand big data in urban context