Sanibel and Captiva are gems along the Southwest Florida coastline. Full-time and seasonal residents, along with regular visitors, prize the lush landscapes, vibrant wildlife, and the peaceful lifestyle that the islands have to offer. While the islands have undergone significant change over time, they will continue to face increasing stressors. Among these, climate change is of pressing significance including the associated impacts of sea level rise and changes in extreme storm events and overall precipitation patterns that can contribute to coastal flooding. Achieving coastal resilience is key to preserving what makes Sanibel and Captiva special both in the near term and into the future. Resilient ecosystems and communities have the ability to withstand, adapt to, and recover from disruption.
In complement to the other work we do supporting healthy and functional ecosystems in Southwest Florida, SCCF is committed to helping the islands forge a successful pathway towards coastal resilience. The Captiva Erosion Prevention District is also partnering in that effort including through their funding of SCCF’s Coastal Resilience Manager position.
SCCF’s coastal resilience work focuses on the following key areas:
Learn about Coastal Resilience:
Why Clamping Down on Net Metering Could Stifle Our Resilient Future, By Carrie Schuman, Ph.D., SCCF Coastal Resilience Manager
Coastal Resilience Connections: Using Ocean Learning Interests as a Way into Deeper Conversations about Climate Change, By Carrie Schuman, Ph.D., SCCF Coastal Resilience Manager
Coastal Resilience Connections: Harmful Algal Blooms, By Carrie Schuman, Ph.D., SCCF Coastal Resilience Manager
Island Coastal Resilience Planning in the Spotlight, By Carrie Schuman, Ph.D., SCCF Coastal Resilience Manager
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Coastal Resilience Connections: Harmful Algal Blooms
How are HABs connected to building coastal resilience?
Coastal Resilience Connections: Using Ocean Learning Interests as a Way into Deeper Conversations about Climate Change
Interests in the ocean can become a bridge long-term engagement on climate change
Coastal Resilience Connections: Our Essential Mangroves
Mangroves are a high-impact, nature-based resilience option
Coastal Resilience Connections: Can Sea Turtles Crawl towards Adaptation?
How human development is casting a doubt over their future
Guide Offers Incentives for Resilient Rebuilding
Learn about tax credits, rebates, and other programs