August and September have been busy months for the GCVA as we prepare to send out the Standardized Index of Vulnerability and Value Assessment (SIVVA) to habitat and species experts within the next few weeks.  Here are 10 things to know before the SIVVA launch:

  1. We are assessing the vulnerability of 4 pilot habitats: mangroves, oyster reefs, tidal emergent marsh, and barrier islands.
  2. We are assessing the vulnerability of 11 species that occur along the Gulf Coast.
  3. To see if species and habitat vulnerability varies spatially, the Gulf has been divided into 6 subregions.
  4. Experts with habitat and/or species knowledge of all or some of the subregions have volunteered to take the vulnerability assessment.  This ensures Gulf-wide representation.
  5. The Standardized Index of Vulnerability and Value Assessment (SIVVA) is the tool we will be using for GCVA. SIVVA uses empirical estimates and expert opinion to assess species and habitats vulnerability to climate change, sea level rise and land-use change.  It also ranks species by their ecological and conservation values.
  6. Exerts taking SIVVA will be provided with climate projection summaries for both high (A2) and low (B1) CO2 emission scenarios, habitat and species distribution maps, sea level rise maps, urbanization maps, and conservation area maps.
  7. The time frame for the GCVA is 2060 which aligns with the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy and the Florida statewide climate scenarios.  All of the data mentioned in #5 are being gathered for 2060 when possible.  In some cases, such as the sea level rise scenarios, we may have to use 2050 projections.
  8. We are in the process of choosing 2 sea level rise scenarios.
  9. Experts will be sent the assessments by email and have two weeks to complete them. Then, we will have a follow-up phone call to discuss results.
  10. Our goal is to send out the assessments by the first week of October.