2016 Workshop

Solutions for Coastal Cites: Resilience and Adaptations in Tampa Bay

Date: September 13 – 14,  2016
Location: University of South Florida Saint Petersburg
Room: University Student Center (USC Ballroom)
200 6th Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

This 2-day workshop, hosted by the Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR), USF St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council ONE BAY Resilient Communities Working Group, and USF will inform participants of the work underway to address vulnerabilities to coastal hazards and build regional resiliency. Through a series of presentations and followed by facilitated discussions between experts from South Florida and the Tampa Bay region, participants will explore on potential regional solutions and approaches for addressing the resilience and adaptations of coastal cities to climate change and sea-level rise.

Workshop Objectives:

  • The conference will built-on previously identified research, data, and policy gaps and find strategies to link research agendas to public policy formulation that emphasizes ‘solution-oriented approach for coastal cities’.
  • Explore many facets of ‘Solutions for Coastal Cities’: Adaptation & Resilience (engineering, architecture, socio-economic vulnerability, local governmental policy, transportation, water supply, habitat protection…)
  • Explore ways to improve community engagement and messaging
  • Publish a proceeding called ‘Solutions for Coastal Cities’

Workshop Topics:

  • Summary of existing efforts and reports already completed for the region
  • Explore solutions for adaptation and resilience in coastal cities
  • Explore barriers to adopt a comprehensive Regional Approach for Tampa Bay
  • Explore what regional mechanism will work to develop a comprehensive adaption and resilience plan for the coastal cities within the Tampa Bay area

Who Attended:

  • Citizens, Students & Researchers
  • Elected Officials & Government Administrators
  • Transportation and Urban Planners, Floodplain Managers, Emergency Managers, Public Works, Professionals, Natural Resource Managers, Engineers & Scientists, Insurance Companies and Businesses.


  • Network and share information with other individuals engaged in coastal resilience planning throughout Florida
  • Shape research agendas and future climate adaptation efforts in the Tampa Bay region and beyond