Southeast Climate Consortium

Developing partnerships and solutions for managing climate risks to agriculture and natural resources

SECC RISA 2010-2015 report now available

The SECC has worked diligently to produce a progress report for the last 5 years of collaborative research and extension. Please find a copy of this report here.




Fall Meeting 2015

Meeting presentations

Challenges of Communicating Weather and Climate Extremes — Marshall Shepherd

SECC Year in Review — Shelby Krantz

Community Recovery Efforts in Apalachicola, FL — Angie Lindsey

Seeing the ACF Watershed as a System- Examining the Effects of Reducing Irrigation Withdrawals — Steve Leitman

Agriculture in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin — Casey Cox

Extreme Climate Trends and Projections for the Southeast U.S. — Kenneth Kunkel

Drought Indicators and NIDIS Early Warning — Paul Conrads

Extreme Rainfall in the Southeast U.S — David Zierden

More than a Nuisance- Building Creative Pathways to Flood Resilience — Jill Gambill

Poster Presentations

Climate Learning Network

Population Projections and Risk of Inundation from SLR for the US in 2100

South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Learning how to become Resilient

Tybee Island Sea Level Rise Adaptation in Brief UGA Sustainability

How Planning for Sea Level Rise Creates Flood Insurance Reductions: The Georgia Context

Participant List

Participant List

Final Agenda

Fall Meeting Agenda 2015

Updated Partnerships Poster

Partnerships Poster

Links of interest

Apalachicola Bay Oyster Situation Report

EPA Grants & Opportunities

Preliminary peak stage and streamflow data at selected USGS streamgaging stations for the South Carolina flood of October 2015

Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit




SECC Fall Meeting

Date(s) – 10/19/15 – 10/20/15
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The SECC will convene for a day and a half this October to discuss and learn about regional climate issues across agricultural, coastal, and social sectors. 
When: October 19th, noon-5pm; October 20th, 8am – 5pm, dinner at 6 pm
Where: The Graduate Hotel; 295 E Dougherty Street – Athens, GA Athens, GA
Who: You, your students, and your colleagues!
Why: To continue working toward shared goals in developing climate-related tools and answering climate-related research questions to better serve stakeholders in the Southeast region.
Register here : Meeting Registration
How to book your stay at The Graduate Hotel:
  • Book by phone: the Head Reservationist, Calla Davis, may be reached at: 706.433.1928 during daytime hours. The 24 hour main desk number is: 706.549.7020
  • Book online at this link.  
We hope you’ll plan to stay on Tuesday evening for a meal and social hour at a local downtown Athens restaurant!
We encourage you to bring your students as well as a poster! Our poster session on Monday evening will be lively…more instructions to follow. If you plan to bring a poster, make sure you indicate this on your registration (link above), or email Shelby Krantz if you’d like to participate.
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Shelby! We’re looking forward to seeing you for a productive and enjoyable time together in Athens.

RISA Annual Report

If you want to know exactly what we’ve been up to this past year, you can check out the SECC RISA Annual Report 2015.

Highlights include:

  • Strategic partnerships in regions sensitive to extreme weather events
  • New research findings on carbon neutral farming
  • Irrigation recommendations for Southeastern states
  • Great details about our climate-related outreach programs
  • And more!!!

Upcoming Event: Climate Adaptation and Exchange Fair (aka Ag Solutions Day)


Adaptation Exchange Invitation_OrangeBeach_Final

Event page

New Georgia Climate Website


As part of the Southeast Climate Extension project whose goal is to advance climate extension in agriculture, we have developed a new website which should serve as a clearinghouse for information on climate and weather in Georgia.  The website is:

The website provides the following information:

  1. A daily blog post on climate and weather from our agricultural climatologist, Pam Knox.
  2. A news feed of climate-related stories relevant to agriculture.
  3. Links to Extension fact sheets on climate (see link at top of page)
  4. A glossary of relevant terms (see link at top of page)
  5. State maps of 14 environmental parameters including soil temperature, soil moisture, air temperature, precipitation, wind direction, etc. from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (GAEMN).  The maps are created by Dr. Ian Flitcroft’s group with data collected from GAEMN weather stations.  The maps can be copied for use in presentations, etc. by right-clicking on the map. The maps are:
    1. 12 maps showing current conditions
    2. 14 maps showing yesterday’s average conditions
  6. Links to a variety of useful tools such as a Degree Day Calculator, Freeze Risk Probabilities, Chilling Hours Calculator, and many others.
  7. Current drought conditions in Georgia from the U.S. Drought Monitor
  8. El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate phase forecast.Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 10.15.55 AM (3)

The website is fully accessible from all internet-capable devices including smartphones.  When accessing the website with your smartphone for the first time, it will give you the option of creating an app icon on your phone’s desktop so that you can easily access the site (scroll all the way to the bottom for this option).

Please visit the website, use it frequently, and let us know what else we can add to make it more functional and useful to you in your daily work.  And of course, if you have questions about any of the material on the website, please do not hesitate to ask.  Please distribute this message to your stakeholders.

The Southeast Climate Extension project is led by Dr. Clyde Fraisse at the University of Florida and is funded by a grant from USDA-NIFA.  You can find more information about the project at

The website is a cooperative effort between, GAEMN, and the Southeast Climate Consortium. 

–Dr. George Vellidis

Crop and Soil Sciences Department

University of Georgia

2360 Rainwater Road

Tifton, GA 31793-5766

SECC Science gets media attention

nclimate2470-f2An article in Nature Climate Change (Rising temperatures reduce global wheat production), published on 22 December, 2014, has been receiving a lot of media attention. SECC PI, Senthold Asseng, was the lead author, and authors included other SECC collaborators as well. See below for a list of articles about this study:

1.  Bloomberg Businessweek, January 14, 2015:

2.  FarmFutures, January 20 , 2015:

3.  Helenic Shipping News, January 19, 2015:

4., January 16, 2015:

5.  AG-Professionals, Finland, January 13, 2015:

6.  Drovers CattleNetwork, Monday 19, 2015:

7.  Summit Country Voice, January 17, 2015 :

8.   Big News Network (IANS)Thursday 15th January, 2015:

9.  Florida Alligator, Tuesday, January 20, 2015:

10.  Orlando Sentinel, January 14, 2015:

11.  TakePart, January 14, 2015:

12.  Growing Alabama, 16 January 2015:

13., 16 January 2015:







20., December 27, 2014:

21., Spain, December 23, 2014:

22.  JuraForum, Germany, December 22, 2014:

SECC Fall Meeting Presentations

Fall meeting participants

Below is a list of presentations given at the SECC Fall meeting (November 18-20, 2014) and links to select presentations.

Day 1

Day 2

SECC Overview Presentations

Climate Research Updates & Implications Panel

Stakeholder-Scientist Interactions Panel

SECC at International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes

October 20-24th
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

This past week, several SECC members visited George Mason University for the  International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes. The SECC hosted a session at this meeting called AgroWeather and AgroClimate Tools for Food and Water Security. Presenters in this session included some from within SECC and some friends from outside:

  • Clyde Fraisse, University of Florida: “AgroClimate for climate-smart agriculture”
  • Adrienne Wootten, North Carolina State University: “Climate Services in the Southeast United States: Tools to Focus on the Extremes”
  • Jeff Andresen, Michigan State University: “Enviro-weather: A Pest and Crop Management Information System for Michigan and the Great Lakes Region”
  • Vasu Misra, Florida State University: “The conundrum of droughts and landfalling tropical cyclones in the southeastern US”
  • Dick McNider, University of Alabama Huntsville: “Use of coupled crop models and hydrologic models to carry out national planning for migration of agriculture as an adaptation to climate change”
  • Lee Ellenburg, University of Alabama Huntsville: “Use of real-time coupled crop and hydrologic models to delineate drought and manage water resources”
  • Harvey Hill, Army Corps of Engineers AAAS Policy Fellow

The session included a lively discussion and question-and-answer sessions. Clyde Fraisse also presented a plenary presentation during the meeting (see photo below).

To learn more about the conference, visit


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