Florida Climate Outlook-Assessing Physical and Economic Impacts through 2040

Climate change is affecting Florida today, and those effects will become more significant in the years to come. This introduction provides basic information on recent temperature trends in Florida, along with projections over the next 20 years. This report discusses the implications of these changing temperatures along with changes in other climatic conditions that will affect Floridians.By 2100, large swaths of coastal land in Florida will be permanently submerged. In the shorter term, rising seas will increase the frequency and severity of coastal flooding. Statewide, three feet of flooding puts at risk. By 2100, rising seas and more intense storms will increase storm surge by 25-47% under a moderate emissions scenario, and by 40-70% under a higher emissions scenario.