May 11 (2-3pm) – Land Use Change Projections in Florida and its Impact on Water Resources: An Overview of the Florida 2070 and Water 2070 Projects
The population in Florida is growing rapidly and projections show that this will continue over the next 50 years. It is estimated that Florida will have approximately 33.7 million residents by 2070, 14.9 million more people than in 2010. A growing population will place stress on the finite resources in Florida. With population growth, there is a major concern around the availability of sufficient water to meet the needs of people, agriculture, and the environment.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), the University of Florida’s Geoplan Center, and 1000 Friends of Florida partnered on the Florida 2070 and Water 2070 projects, using geographic information systems (GIS) to show actual 2010 land use patterns and two land use scenarios for 2070, when Florida is projected to have 15 million additional residents.
In the May session of the Easy as PIE webinar, Margaret (Peggy) Hammond Carr, a Professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Landscape Architecture, will provide an overview of the results of the Florida 2070 and Water 2070 projects. Emphasis will be placed on the methodology used to project water demand for development and agriculture in 2070, and associated recommendations.
Margaret (Peggy) Hammond Carr
Professor, University of Florida’s Department of Landscape Architecture
Director, Program for Sustainability and the Built Environment