The Rutgers Climate Institute is a University-wide effort to address one of the most important issues of our time through research, education and outreach. The Institute draws upon strengths in many departments at Rutgers by facilitating collaboration across a broad range of disciplines in the natural, social and policy sciences.
News in April 2015
Climate change affecting Morris County
In coming years, climate change could cause ecological change, more extreme weather events, and higher temperatures in Morris County and other parts of New Jersey. RCI Affiliate David Robinson explains more about it here.
Public comments are now being solicited for U.S. Global Change Research Program’s draft assessment of the impacts of climate change on human health. The draft report is called, “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment “, and is available for review and comment here.Public comment ends June 8, 2015.
What's on GlobalChange.gov? Climate FAQs
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Climate Science Supplement from the 2014 National Climate Assessment are now available as interactive, shareable web content. Clickhere.
A Rutgers University report, co-authored by RCI Affiliate Jeanne Herb, RCI Associate Director Marjorie Kaplan, and Michael Aucott, lays out the challenges new Jersey will face in meeting its 2050 greenhouse-gas emission reduction goals, despite being on track to meet its 2020 goals. Read the report here , an article in NJ Spotlight here and watch a discussion about it on NJTV here.
NJ's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Updated to Include 2010, 2011 and 2012 Data
An Update to NJ's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory has been released as a joint effort of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Rutgers Climate Institute.
You can find it here.
NJADAPT LaunchedNJADAPT launched! A collaborative effort of scientists and data managers in academia, government, the private sector and NGO community who have developed a strategic plan for a New Jersey platform to host and apply climate science impacts and data. Includes a Flood Exposure Profile for community discussions about hazard impacts (e.g., maps of people, places and assets at risks); NJ Flood Mapper a user friendly visualization tool for flooding hazards and sea level rise; Getting to Resilience a tool to help communities reduce vulnerability and increase preparedness (including how to obtain points through FEMA's Community Rating System). Includes reports such as New Jersey's Coastal Flood Exposure; Modeling the Fate Of New Jersey's Salt Marshes Under Sea Level Rise; NJ Property Value Impacts Case Study and audio visual Story Maps related to several NJ communities (Toms River Township, Tuckerton Borough, Newark-East Ferry) and climate related topics (Salt Marshes and Coastal Flood Exposure). Visit NJADAPT here and see press coverage here.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, and Seminars
Building Energy Conference and Trade Show for Energy Efficiency and Green Building Professionals. Hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. More information here. Proposals accepted March 26 through April 21. Event is on October 15, 2015 at TKP New York Conference Center at 109 West 39th Street, New York, NY 10018
The 2015 Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar on Coastal Ocean Modeling will take place June 6-7, 2015 at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME, United States. Interested in giving a talk at the seminar? Apply by April 1st. Applications received after that date will be considered only for a poster presentation. Applications to attend the meeting due May 1. More information here.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Ozone Transportation Commission Meeting: June 3 and 4, 2015, Princeton, NJ. Posters on current issues in air quality being sought from senior-level undergraduate or graduate work. Submit abstracts by April 10, 2015 of no more than 250 words of your thesis results to christine.schell (at) dep.nj.gov.
Spotlight on Environmental Education Conference. Exploring the local and global impact of Climate Change: Workshops and Performance of "Gabi Goes Green". Wednesday, April 1, 2015 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free, but registration required. Sponsored by the George Street Playhouse. Click herefor tickets.
New Jersey Water Environment Association 100th Annual Conference May 11-15 at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Student Day is May 13th and students can submit a poster. Poster submission deadline is April 3, 2015. For more information, click pdf here. (1.37 MB)
Human Health in the Face of Climate Change: Science, Medicine, and Adaptation. The New York Academy of Sciences along with the “la Caixa” Foundation and Biocat will host a multidisciplinary conference that brings together climate scientists, atmospheric/oceanic scientists, ecologists, evolutionary biologists, epidemiologists, public health specialists, and policy-makers, among others. This 2-day conference will highlight the latest research on climate change and its subsequent effects on human health. Dates: May 14–15, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Poster Abstract and Travel Fellowship Deadline: March 18, 2015.
The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is hosting its second Early Career Scientist Workshop at the Centro De Vulcanologia e Avaliação de Riscos Geológicos, University of the Azores, São Miguel (Portugal). It takes place August 31 – September5, 2015. The workshop will bring together the next generation of researchers active in deep carbon studies from around the world. Applications are encouraged from senior graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, fellows, and newly appointed assistant professors working on all aspect of carbon science Visit the DCO website for details.
Asia/Environment Student Research Conference, for undergraduate or graduate level students related to Asia, the environment and sustainable development. sponsored by Bard College. April 16-17, 2105. Submit a paper, poster, or panel idea, or just register to attend. Click here for more information.
The website, MOOC-List provides a list of free online courses on climate change here.
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s 2015 Waterfront Conference. Propose a presentation. Please submit your proposal here. Deadline for proposals January 12, 2015. Email info (at) waterfrontalliance.org for more information. Conference is on May 7, 2015.
Introduction to Sustainable Development course through Coursera and Columbia University. Course is ongoing and is free and open to all. Click here to take the course.
2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers and Symposium on Physical Geography and the Future of Physical Geography. Chicago, Illinois April 23-24, 2015 Proposals due by November 5, 2014. More information here. Direct questions to Carol Harden charden(at)utk.edu.
The 2nd National Adaptation Forum, May 12 through May 14, 2015 in St. Louis, MO represents a collective effort to enhance the resilience of the nation's communities, resources and economy in the face of a changing climate. Proposals to present are being accepted until October 24, 2014. Click here to submit a proposal. Register here.
2015 Rutgers Undergrad Energy Innovation Contest. Sponsored by The Rutgers Energy Institute. More information here. Due February 27, 2015.
2015 Summer Specialty Conference; Climate Change Adaptation. Climate Change and Water Resources: We know the issues - what do we do about them? American Water Resources Association. June 15-17, 2015, New Orleans. Abstracts due February 13, 2015. More information here.
Payment for Ecosystem Services: Putting Theory into Practice in Costa Rica May 25-June 8, 2015.This 2 week, 2 credit advanced graduate level course through the Organization for Tropical Studies will consider the design, implementation, and evaluation of payments for ecosystem services (PES). The priority deadline is February 3, 2015 and the applications are accepted on a rolling basis after that. For more information click and scroll.
Monitoring Tropical Forest Dynamics in a Changing Climate. This course geared towards early graduate students through the Organization for Tropical Studies will incorporate interactive lectures, field practicums, discussion, and R programming to give students knowledge and hands-on experience in the following diverse topics pertaining to tropical forests in a changing climate: impacts, adaptation, mitigation, monitoring, assessment, and political and social context. More details about registration and deadlines will be available soon here. Click and scroll to find the course.
Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided offered through The World Bank and Coursera. The course starts in March 2015 and is free. To register, click here.
Conference and tours July 2015 in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. More information available here.
Jobs, Internships & Funding Opportunities
Click here for more information on Fellowships and Internships.
NJ PACE, an organization dedicated to facilitating the transition to clean energy in New Jersey,is looking for volunteer interns (with the possibility for a future paid position) for Summer 2015 to conduct research and analysis on the latest trends in conservation and renewables, work with energy contractors and property owners, and write grants. Interns can focus on public relations and marketing, research and analysis, or finance, grant writing, or event planning. Click here for more information. Send applications as soon as possible.
Geological Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to improve the next generation of dynamic global vegetation models.1 year appointment with opportunity to renew for 3 years. Apply by April 24 here.
NJDEP Office of Environmental Management Summer Seasonal Opportunities May-August 2015. Programs include Bureau of Radiation (click document here (20 KB)); Bureau of Release Prevention (click document here (19 KB)); and Division of Air Quality (click document here (20 KB)). Applications due April 17, 2015.
Postgraduate research project training opportunity with the EPA Office of Sustainable Communities. The position will support equity issues and the Making A Visible Difference in Communities effort in the Office of Policy (OP). Appointment is one year and participant will receive a stipend. Master’s degree and U.S. citizenship required. Apply here. Application due as soon as possible.
The Risky Business Project is seeking candidates for summer 2015 internships. Interns should be proficient in analyzing data and presenting data in innovative, publicly accessible formats for general audiences. For more information and to submit application to Raji Jagadeesan (via email to rjagadeesan(at)riskybusiness.org). Application due April 30.
Department of Geography at Texas A&M seeks 3 Visiting Assistant Professors. Candidates must have a PhD. One position is in physical geography, two positions are in human geography/human-environment geography. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses (including e-mail addresses) of three referees to Dr. David Cairns: cairns(at)tamu.edu by April 15.
Two Ph.D. Positions at Washington State University-Pullman to start in August to conduct research in micrometeorology and land-climate interactions in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR), Washington State University (WSU). Applicants should have strong background in atmospheric sciences, physics, hydrology, ecology, or related fields. Contact Dr. Heping Liu heping.liu (at) wsu.edu
for additional information. Applications due ASAP. Admission requirements can be found at the WSU Graduate School website.
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture , Research, and Education graduate student grants up to $15,000 for graduate students doing research on issues of importance to Northeast Farmers. Applications are due May 12. Program runs through August. More information and to apply, click here.
Apply Now for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Awards. The EPA's GreenPower Power Leadership Awards application period is now open through April 17. The awards serve to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, suppliers, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources. Learn more and apply.
Student internships with the Rutgers Climate Institute for Summer 2015 through Academic Year 2015-2016. Rutgers Climate Institute is looking for highly motivated student interns that can work this summer and into the next academic year. Student interns assist with developing website, social media and promotional content; website and social media maintenance; research projects and assist with events. Applicants should demonstrate excellent writing skills and attention to detail. 10-20 hours per week over the summer; 10 hours weekly over the school year. Applicants should submit a resume, two references, and a writing sample via email by 5 pm March 30th to Marjorie Kaplan, Associate Director, Rutgers Climate Institute at Kaplan (at) envsci.rutger.edu
Supervisory Physical Scientist,NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Applications due April 6, 2015. Apply here.
Post-Doctoral Assistant in Sustainability at University of Dayton, Ohio. Twelve month period begins August 1, 2014. Applicant should have a PhD. Apply by April 1, 2015 here.
NOAA is accepting individual applications for 10 funding opportunities for various climate related initiatives through their climate program. More information about each competition and guidelines here. Application and letter of intention due dates range from August 2015- November 2015.
Regional Approaches to Climate Change- Pacific Northwest Agriculture Undergraduate Summer internships. Fourteen internships available, deadline is April 1, 2015. Complete information here.
SAFE Energy Security Prize. The Prize is designed to support the critical efforts of companies whose ingenuity, leadership, and perseverance are poised to advance American energy security by helping to end U.S. oil dependence. All submissions are due by April 10, 2015. More information and links to applications here.
2015-2016 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government for public health professionals to work in D.C. and learn about science and government. Applications due March 9, 2015. More info and eligibility here.
Research Scientist position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for someone with a PhD and expertise in radiative processes in the Earth’s climate and the implications of these processes for global environmental change. Apply here. Deadline until filled.
Postdoctoral researcher position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for an individual with expertise in Earth’s clouds and convection and the implications of these processes for global climate change. Apply here ASAP for this position and other postdoctoral and research scientist positions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Rutgers University’s new Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences seeks an accomplished scientist to serve as the first Henry Rutgers Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. The appointment will be at the level of Full or Distinguished Professor. Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and the names of 4 references to eoasearch (at) Rutgers.edu.Review of candidates starts June 1, 2015 until the position is filled. Direct questions to the Chair of the search committee at eoasearch (at) Rutgers.edu. More information about the new Institute here.
The University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute invites applications for Climate Fellowships that allow students to research projects that will propel the US toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. Fellows receive mentorship, unique networking opportunities as well as a $6,000 in exchange for their work on various deliverables. 40 hours per week, June 1-August 14, 2015. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree when applying. Apply by March 13th here.
The 2016-2017 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition for faculty and professionals is open.It offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards. Available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Deadline for most awards August 3, 2015. For more information, click here.
Rutgers Energy Institute summer internships. Open to undergraduate Rutgers students who are freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. Program lasts May 26-August 12th. Students will conduct research over the summer and present findings at the REI Symposium. Applications due March 13, 2015. More info here.
C2C Fellows Leadership Training is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership positions in sustainable politics, policy, and business. The cost of the weekend trainings, including food is $30. Students must arrange their own housing in the NYC area. Sponsored by Bard Center for Environmental Policy. March 27-29, 2015. Apply here.Application due March 10, 2015.
Jerome Goldstein Rutgers EcoComplex “Clean Energy Innovation Center” Summer 2015 internship for sustainability, clean energy systems, waste management technologies, and more. Apply by March 20,2015. Click document here (95 KB)for more info.
Two year Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dartmouth College. Department of Geography seeks a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in coupled human and natural systems. Submit application by March 1, 2015 here.
Director, Laboratory of TreeRing Research University of Arizona, Tucson. To apply click here and refer to job number 57183. Application review starts March 1, 2015.
2015 Mark B Bain Graduate Fellowships for research on the Hudson River System via the Hudson River Foundation. Applications due March 16, 2015. More information and applicationhere.
L’Oreal Women In Science fellowship program awards five post-doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants up to $60,000. Applications are due on Friday, March 20, 2015. More info and applicationhere.
2015 PACE Fellow Climate Science and Decision Making institutions joint partnership to host a postdoctoral fellow are being solicited by UCAR; statement of intent applications due February 28, 2015. Postdoctoral applications due May 1, 2015. The fellowship is for early-career climate scientists. More info here.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Physical Oceanography University of Southern Mississippi. To apply, send a letter of interest detailing qualifications, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references to stephan.howden (at) usm.edu. Review of applicants begins immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.
Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) seeks a postdoctoral candidate to support the activities in atmospheric correction for hyperspectral ocean color remote sensing. PhD required. Application due ASAP. Click for application.
Graduate Positions in Atmospheric Science at Indiana University Bloomington. Masters or PhD students would work on tropical cyclone modeling, global climate modeling, and atmospheric remote sensing. Apply to the university by March 16 and more information about the research and the contacts for the grad positions here.
Assistant Professor position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in climate change and environment. Deadine March 15, 2015. More info here.
Helen Fellowship for teaching and research at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Deadline March 1, 2015. More information and application here.
REI Graduate Student and Post-doctoral positions as early as Spring 2015 forthird year graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows working on critical aspects of energy research. Click herefor more information. Deadline rolling.
NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP) Summer Colloquium, July 6-17, 2015. For graduate students from both Atmospheric Science and Solar & Space Physics programs to study the interrelated subjects of terrestrial and space climate. Funding for travel and living expenses available. Click here to apply.
Scholarships available for Building One New Jersey and Together North Jersey’s Leadership Institute, which takes place weekends in January and February. For more information about scholarships email Miriam.salerno (at) ejb.rutgers.edu. You can find the application here.
RESTORE Act Science Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants for $200,000-400,000 Proposals due March 17, 2015. Click herefor more information.
Valuation Economist, I.M. Systems Group Inc., a contractor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Silver Spring, MD. More information and to apply click here. Open until filled.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) environmental health internship for undergraduates. Application deadline February 11, 2015. More information here.
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Awards include stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients. Graduate entry-level stipends begin at $30,000. The program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. More information and instructions on how to apply are available on the NRC Research Programs website.
Rutgers faculty, staff and students have free subscriptions to COS-PIVOT, a powerful search engine for finding funding opportunities and scholar profiles from within Rutgers and outside of the university.
Rutgers Energy Institute Postdoctoral Associate Fellowship. The REI will support post-doctoral students for broad range of energy research: basic and applied science, engineering, economics, and policy. Each fellowship is one year and includes $25,000 direct cost support. For more information about applying, click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Fellowships available as early as Fall 2014.
Climate Funding Opportunities compiled by NOAA and MN Sea Grant. Deadlines vary by grants. To access the list click here and click on the black "download PDF."
Congratulations to RCI Affiliates Enrique Curchitsher, Benjamin Lintner and Asa Rennermalm, who received tenure and have been promoted to Associate Professor, effective July 1st.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Benjamin P. Horton, who was recently awarded the 2014 Voyager Award by the Ocean Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Paul Falkowski on his newest book Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable, about the biochemical lifting for every living organism on Earth.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Enrique Curchitser on his grant from NSF for $800,000 on regional and decadal predictions of coupled climate-human systems.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Oscar Schofield on his grant fromColumbia University for $106,750 to study land and-shelf-ocean connectivity, ecosystems resilience and transformation.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Malin Pinsky on a NJ Sea Grant for $68,875 for genetic monitoring to improve fish stock assessments.
December 2014. Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Ann Marie Carlton on her appointment to a newly established ad hoc National Research Council committee on the future of atmospheric chemistry. More information here.
December 2014. Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Robert Kopp who was named a 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellow for his work in environmental decision making.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Rich Lutz who was selected to receive the 2015 prestigious NOGI award in Sciences from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Shantenu Jha, principal investigator of an award for $499,916 for a project titled Radical Cybertools: Simple, Scalable and Sustainable Tools for Science, supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jha here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Patricia Findley, for an award totaling $88,080. The project, titled Sandy: The New Jersey Behavioral Health Response, is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More about Professor Findley here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Enrique Curchitser who received an $800,000 National Science Foundation award for a project titled Regional Decadal Predictions of Coupled Climate-Human. Learn more about Professor Curchitser here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Mark Robson for receiving the New Jersey Public Health Award! Read more about Professor Robson’s accomplishment here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Tom Rudel for winning the 2014 Gerald L. Young Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology. Read more about Professor Rudel's book and the award here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Benjamin Justice, associate professor in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration,Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been awarded the 2014 Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Mark Miller who was appointed as director of the new Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (IEOAS)!
RCI Affiliates Mark G. Robson and Alan Robock Receive Awards for Outstanding Service
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Mark G. Robson for receiving the Sullivan Award from the New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA).Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Alan Robock for receiving the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society for “highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences.” Read about the awards to Dr. Robson and Dr. Robock here.
RCI Affiliate Malin Pinsky Receives $1.1 Million Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and an NJ Sea Grant Award
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Malin Pinsky for his NSF award to study how climate change and fishery practices will affect summer flounder and hake populations in the Northeast. Read about it here. Dr. Pinsky also won an NJ Sea Grant Award to study genetic monitoring to improve fish stock assessments.
RCI Affiliate Robert Kopp Receives NJ Sea Grant Award
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Robert Kopp for receiving a NJ Sea Grant Award to study the development of historically-calibrated sea level rise projections for risk management along the New Jersey Shore.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Paul Falkowski, of the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences for receiving a $1,394,073 National Science Foundation award for the project Ocean Acidification.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Alan Robock, winner of the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society which is granted to individuals in recognition of highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences. Congratulations also to Professor Robock on his $758,938 award as the principal investigator of the project, Decadal Prediction Following Volcanic Eruptions, supported by the National Science Foundation.
Congratulations to the following RCI Affiliates for their recent grant awards!
Ben Horton. Heterogenous rupture of great Cascadia earthquakes inferred from coastal subsidence estimates. NSF $129,503
Ben Horton, Microfossil, sedimentary and geochemical analyses of inferred tsunami deposits, Aceh Province, Indonesia. Earth Observatory of Singapore, $32,289
Paul Falkowski . Mechanisms of coral mineralization. NSF $1,393,973
Oscar Schofield. Climate driven impacts on marine ecology, biogeochemistry and carbon cycles of the WAP. WHOI $70,468
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Professor Enrique Curchitser, who was named the U.S. Academic Delegate to International Marine Science Organization. Read about Professor Curchitser and his appointment here.
Congratulations to RCI Co-director Professor Anthony Broccoli who in July 2014 became Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences.
Rutgers faculty and students on coastal geomorphology, climate change, and sea level rise:
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Michael Kennish, lead editor and a contributing author for a special issue of the journal Estuaries and Coasts. The special issue covers "Drivers of Change in Shallow Coastal Photic Systems."
RCI affiliate and Rutgers allergist Leonard Bielory, a researcher focused on the long-term effects of climate change on allergic airway disease, expects an increase in the release of tree pollen this spring, which may produce an intense pollen season for allergy sufferers. Read more about his work at the SEBS Newsroom and NorthJersey.com.
State climatologist and RCI affiliate Dave Robinson was interviewed about this year's winter conditions. How does this winter compare to past years? Listen here.
The jet-stream has increasingly taken a longer, meandering path, leading to weather that becomes "stuck" on an area for an extended period. According to RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis, this extreme weather in the middle latitudes could be due to a warming Arctic, but it's too soon to tell for certain. Read more here.
Listen to RCI Affiliate, Michael Kennish on flood threats in Bayside Communities.
"Anthony Broccoli, co-director of the Rutgers Climate Institute, said January was in the top 20 coldest months in over 100 years, but there have been colder winters." Read more here.
Bitter cold may kill off beetles tearing through Pine Barrens, but RCI affiliate and Geography professor David Robinson maintains that a long-term warming climate will make it more difficult to thwart the beetle. Read more here.
Jennifer Francis, RCI Affiliate and IMCS professor, discusses the polar vortex and how it relates to our weather patterns. Read more here.
Listen to what RU Students are saying about climate change.
RCI Affiliate Malin Pinsky, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, published a study connecting differences in climate velocity—the rate and direction that climate shifts across the landscape—to observed species shifts. Click here for more information.
A recent study by RCI Affiliate Yair Rosenthal, Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences, reconstructs Pacific Ocean heat content over the past 10,000 years, showing that intermediate waters of the Pacific Ocean are absorbing heat 15 times faster over the past 60 years than in the past 10,000. Read more here.
RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis co-authored a study linking Arctic sea ice to shifting weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere's mid-latitudes. Learn more about the emerging research on Arctic and mid-latitude linkages here.
RCI Affiliates Ken Miller, Robert Kopp, Ben Horton, and James Browning of Rutgers University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences project New Jersey sea level rise 11 to 15 inches higher than the global average for next century. Read more about the analysis here. Read the highlight in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.
RCI Affiliate Ben Horton elicited sea level rise projections from 90 experts in the field. The future sea-level rise ranges provided by the experts are on average higher than those of the IPCC 5th assessment. Read more here.
Watch RCI Affiliate Robert Kopp and other experts discuss local and global impacts of climate change from the 5th IPCC Report.
Learn about the effects of dunes, development, storms, and sea level rise along Barnegat Bay in this Q&A and video clip interview with RCI Affiliate, Rutgers Professor Emeritus, Norbert Psuty.
Listen to Anthony Broccoli, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Co-Director of RCI, speaking about historical climate trends, says that with the changing weather and development patterns in the region "the past cannot be used to predict the future."
Watch this video clip of the boat shed at the Rutgers University Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Port Norris, NJ from October 2013. Lab Director, Professor David Bushek notes, "This is the height of a typical fall (October or November) spring tide. When built over 100 years ago, the permit to build was 1 foot above high tide. It rarely flooded when I was a grad student in early 1990s. The surge from Hurricane Sandy was at least three feet higher than shown here."
See how RCI affiliate Lisa Auermuller, Watershed Coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve is helping citizens understand sea level rise with tools developed by RCI affiliate Richard Lathrop, Director Rutgers Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis. Watch here.
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