International Center For Adaptation Planning and Design

About us


The Vision of the International Center for Adaptation Planning and Design (iAdapt) at the University of Florida is to become the preeminent research and education center for adaptation and resilient planning and design at the coastal areas in response to climate change and sea level rise.

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The mission of the International Center for Adaptation Planning and Design (iAdapt) is to study impacts of natural hazards and develop adaptive strategies in response to climate change and other natural hazards from the empirical and theoretical perspectives, and to provide guidance to coastal communities to take proactive adaptation actions to increase their resiliency.

  1. Create new knowledge about the vulnerability of coastal areas facing sea level rise and other natural hazards.
  2. Develop new tools to facilitate adaptation planning, design and decision making for the coastal communities.
  3. Develop, assess and evaluate adaptation planning and design measures to increase the resiliency of coastal communities.
  4. Provide learning opportunities for planning and design students interested in climate adaptation.
  5. Work with coastal communities to provide guidance of effective adaptation planning and design measures and tools of implementation.


Center Activities

The iAdapt brings together an internationally diverse, interdisciplinary group of scholars, planning practitioners, as well as PhD and graduate students to deal with several climate-related issues from multiple perspectives. The research center has been involving numerous faculty members and graduate students in a variety of research projects funded by national and state sponsors. The center’s major activities include the following.

In collaboration with local, regional, and national partners, the center will strive to:

  • Research:
  1. To conduct pioneering research on climate change and sea level rise impacts at local, state and national levels on social, political, economic, built environment and transportation;
  2. To foster resilient and sustainable communities – particularly along Florida coastline and inlands- that can adapt to the impacts of sea level rise and climate change;
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  • Dissemination & Outreach:
  1. To disseminate information on climate change and sea level rise impacts, adaptation and mitigation to stakeholders at all levels.
  2. To undertake pilot projects designed to improve resilience along Florida’s coastal areas and inland.
  3. To develop tools and guidelines that will directly help coastal communities for local mitigation strategy, sea-level rise adaptation and decision making processes.
  4. To integrate and publish new and existing data, models and knowledge in the field of adaption planning for sea level rise.
  5. To develop scenarios, simulation models and tools for decision makers to build capacity to anticipate the future hazards.


Additionally, our research areas at iAdapt include:

    • Cost-benefit analysis of adaption strategies for rising sea level.
    • Vulnerability assessment of transportation facility under different sea level rise scenarios.
    • Climate change and population dynamics.
    • Microscopic simulation models of traffic flow.
    • Coastal resilience in response to climate change and other environmental risks.
    • Increasing public risk awareness and risk knowledge, as well as the knowledge on resilience and adaptive capabilities
    • Evaluate economic impacts of freight transportation
    • Examine the interactions between shared mobility and urban spatial structure
    • Understand big data in urban context

In several recent and prior research projects, iAdapt developed visualization tools which display the infrastructure vulnerability of coastal communities under different scenarios of sea level rise. Moreover, to better assess the consequences of changing sea level, we analyzed the short-term costs and long-term benefits of various measures such as shoreline-protection structures, beach nourishment, elevation structures, and other adaptive strategies. Using state-of-the-art techniques, we evaluated the impacts of flooding due to sea level rise on population dynamics.