What does sea level rise mean for Northeast Florida? 

With up to 6.6 feet projected by the end of the century, what’s being done to protect life on the First Coast?  

WJCT invites you to explore the answers with us on ADAPT.  

In this edition you’ll find original reporting about how the U.S. Navy, real estate agents, local governments, and others are grappling with the effects of climate change  — both current and predicted — on everything from endangered species to drinking water, coastal economies and historic sites. 

You’ll also find curated stories about what’s happening in other places, from an island community in Maine that’s taking adaptation into its own hands, to houseboat builders in South Florida who are making the luxury version of the ark.  

And although the challenges are great, we hope you’ll find the knowledge contained in this collection of stories empowering as we all face the rising waters together.  

As you read, we invite your feedback on this first edition of ADAPT. Please feel free to tell us your story ideas, ask questions or make suggestions here.   

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ADAPT is a project of WJCT and includes reporting by WJCT News and curated content from other sources.

ADAPT Advisory Board

Sunshine Menezes
Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Communication
Executive Director, Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting

John Upton
Journalism Partnerships Editor, Climate Central

Elizabeth Payne
CEO, Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council

Shana Udvardy
Climate Resilience Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

Thomas Ruppert
Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant College Program, University of Florida

ADAPT is made possible by the supporters of WJCT. Additional support comes from the 2040 Foundation.