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.
Rutgers Climate Symposium 2016
Climate Change, Ecology and Health
November 18, 2016
Thanks to all who particiated in this year's symposium.
Poster session participants can upload poster PDFs through December 9th at this link.
Charles Benjamin Beard, U.S. Centers for Disease Control
Dina Fonseca, Rutgers University
Sonya Sachdeva, U.S. Forest Service
John Richard Stepp, University of Florida
Rachael Winfree, Rutgers University
The Rutgers-led New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA) was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Floodplain Management Award for "progressive collaborative work on climate change preparedness in New Jersey"by the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management at its 12th annual conference in Atlantic City in October. Facilitated by Jeanne Herb of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University and Marjorie Kaplan, Associate Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute, the Alliance is a network of policymakers, public and private sector practitioners, academics and NGO and business leaders designed to build climate change preparedness capacity in New Jersey. Former New Jersey Governors Tom Kean and Jim Florio are Honorary Co-Chairs and its Advisory Committee is Chaired by Michael Catania, Executive Director, Duke Farms and Kathleen Ellis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of New Jersey Natural Gas. It has issued over 30 reports and developed tools, videos, resources and provided support in addressing climate change preparedness for New Jersey. Most recently it released three documents regarding sea-level rise in New Jersey.
Read the October 2016 reports related to the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Science and Technical Advisory Panel on Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: Assessing New Jersey’s Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: Report of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Science and Technical Advisory Panel; Assessing New Jersey’s Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: A Companion Report to the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Science and Technical Advisory Panel Report; Integrating Science into Coastal Resilience Planning and Decision Making available here.
Ms. Laura Tessieri, New Jersey Association For Floodplain Management presents "Outstanding Floodplain Management Award" to Dr. Marjorie Kaplan, Rutgers Climate Institute, who accepted the award on behalf of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance.
Read the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance's new two-volume report on anticipated climate change implications for water supply and possible management scenarios to address challenges in New Jersey.
Read an NJ Spotlight editorial related to these reports by former New Jersey Governors Tom Kean and Jim Florio here.
Preparing for the Impacts of a Changing Climate on Public Health in New Jersey: A Workshop for Public Health Practitioners
On Friday June 3, 2016, Rutgers University hosted a workshop for public health professionals to learn about how a changing climate may affect public health in New Jersey and about strategies to better prepare New Jersey’s public health practitioners and professionals to address these impacts. The workshop was planned planned by the New Jersey Climate Change and Public Health Working Group under the umbrella of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance which is facilitated by Rutgers University. Agenda and speaker presentations here.
News in November 2016
Island Press recently released Prospects for Resilience: Insights from New York City’s Jamaica Bay. RCI affiliate, Olaf Jensen contributed to Chapter 5, Ecology of Jamaica Bay: History, Status, and Resilience and RCI Co-Director, Robin Leichenko contributed to Chapter 11, Strategies for Community Resilience Practice for the Jamaica Bay Watershed.
RCI affiliate, Oscar Schofield notes in this Daily Targum article about the new marine vessel that has been designed to support research efforts on the Raritan River enabling faculty and students to use the Raritan as a living laboratory to enhance local marine life exploration.
In this Climate Central article, RCI affiliate, Ben Horton notes some coastal areas may not be adaptable to sea-level rise if greenhouse emissions are not addressed.
RCI affiliate, Jennifer Francis explains in this Live Science article notes that for most of 2016 the Arctic has had record-low sea ice and record-high temperatures. Listen to Dr. Francis on WBUR, discussing record low sea ice in the Arctic for the fall and all of 2016, thus far.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Lisa Auermuller of the Rutgers Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR) who along with colleagues Christopher Huch and Jenna Gatto were awarded the 2016 National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Impact Award for outstanding contributions to coastal stewardship.
Pictured from Left to Right, Christopher Huch, Lisa Auermuller, and Jenna Gatto.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Elisabeth Sikes principal investigator awarded $104, 926 for Pacific Ocean Stratification since the Last Ice Age: New Constants from Benthic Foraminifere, supported by the National Science Foundation.
RCI Affiliate, Daniel Van Abs discusses the proposal in which the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission would sell water to a water purveyor in New York State from its largest reservoir in North Jersey and the concerns that that would be raised as a result in this NorthJersey.com article.
The World Meteorological Organization released The Global Climate 2011-2015. Among its findings: 2011-2015 was the warmest five-year period on record globally; 2015 was the warmest year on record to date and was also the first year in which global temperatures were more than 1 °C above the pre-industrial era as well as the year that carbon dioxide reached 400 parts per million in the atmosphere for the first time.
This Rutgers Today article features, RCI Affiliate, Mark Robson's decades of contributions to help improve global health and the obstacles that he has faced along his journey.
RCI Affiliate Dave Robinson discusses how New Jersey we will need months of above average rainfall to address current drought conditions.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate, Mark Gregory Robson recipient of the 2016 Frank J. Osborne Memorial Award by the New Jersey Association of County and City Health Officials for his voluminous and continued contributions to the public health community locally, nationally and globally. Read here.
The US Department of Agriculture has released Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Midwest and Northeast. Read here.
National Academies Press has recently published: Approaches to Understanding the Cumulative Effects of Stressors on Marine Mammals. Read here.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, Short Courses and Seminars
The Jersey Water Works Conference will be held on December 2, 2016. More information and registration here.
International WCRP/IOC Conference, hosted by The Earth Institute at Columbia University on Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts will be held from July 10- 14, 2017 in New York, NY. More information here.
Polar 2018 will take place in Davos, Switzerland from June 15-27, 2018. Session Proposal deadline is November 30, 2016. More information here.
Free workshop available on How to Better Serve Special Needs Residents in Emergencies on November 30, 2016 and December 16, 2016, both from 10:00AM- 1:00PM. More information here.
The National Council for Science and the Environment will be holding their 17th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment “Integrating Environment and Health” from January 24 th - 26 th , 2017. Follow here for more information.
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary “Reflecting on Progress, Charting the Future” 2017 Estuary Science and Environmental Summit from January 22- 25, 2017 in Cape May, NJ. Complete information here.
The Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society and Meteorological Society of New Zealand conference on Australian weather, climate and oceans will be held from February 7th- 10th, 2017 at the Australian National University. More information here.
The 2016 ACEEE Intelligent Efficiency Conference will be held from December 4-6, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Regular Registration deadline is December 2, 2016. Complete details here.
Weather & Climate Decision Tools for Farmers, Ranchers & Land Managers Conference will be held from December 5-7, 2016 at University of Florida Campus. More information here.
The 21st International Congress of Biometeorology will be held from September 3-7, 2017 at Durham University in the United Kingdom. Email proposals for symposium topics related to the Congress theme on Weather and Climate Information for Risk Management to glenn.mcgregor(at)durham.ac.uk by November 30, 2016. More information here.
The 8th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration along with the 25th Biennial Meeting of the Coastal Society will be held December 10-15th 2016 at the Hilton New Orleans River-side, New Orleans, Louisiana. Click here for more information.
The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting will be held from December 12-16, 2016. Details here.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a funding opportunity “Enhancing Coastal Community Resilience and Well-being in the Gulf of Mexico Region” as a part of the Gulf Research Program. Full proposals due December 14 th , 2016. More information here.
The Pages (Past Global Changes) Open Science Meeting will be held in Zaragoza, Spain from May 9- 13, 2017. The session on The Holocene: Climate Variability and Rapid Transitions is now accepting abstract submissions. Submission deadline is December 20, 2016. More information here.
The session on Modeling Climate Impacts Across Sectors: Projections and Model Intercomparison at the EGU General Assembly 2017 in Vienna, Austria s now accepting abstract submissions. Submission deadline January 11, 2017. More information and submit here.
The session on Experiments with Gliders: New Challenges for Observations and Modeling at the EGU General Assembly 2017 in Vienna, Austria s now accepting abstract submissions. Submission deadline January 11, 2017. More information and submit here.
The EGU 2017 sessions on Effective Project Management in Earth Sciences? What does that mean?, Flood and Weather Extremes of the past, and Ice Sheet and Climate Interactionsare now accepting abstract submissions. Abstracts deadline is January 11, 2017.
The sessions on Cloud processes and cloud feedback inmodels and observations Towards Global, cloud resolving weather and climate models on exascale supercomputers Understanding past, present, and future changes in the hydrological cycle,Past and future atmospheric temperature changes and their drivers, Quaternary Glacial Terminations and Inceptions: timing, character and mechanisms, Chaotic and Stochastic Geosciences,Nonlinear Dynamics of the Atmosphere, Ocean and the Coupled Climate SystemandNew developments in radar polarimetry: Synergies towards process understanding and operational applications at the EGU General Assembly 2017 in Vienna, Austria are now accepting abstract submissions. Submission deadline January 11, 2017.
The Center for Turfgrass Science at Rutgers University will host the 26th Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium on Friday, January 13, 2017. Registration deadline December 14, 2016. More information here.
The fourth Winter Poster Expo 2017 will be held at GFDL on February 1, 2017. For any inquiries, email sulagna.ray(at)noaa.gov.
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is now accepting scholarship applications for undergraduate and graduate students to attend the Building Energy Boston Conference and Trade Show on March 8, 2017. Application deadline is November 30, 2016. More information and apply here.
A workshop on Adapting to Climate Change: Actions, Implementations, and Outcomes will be held at the University of Notre Dame from April 28th - May 1st, 2017. More information here.
The National Adaptation Forum will be held from May 9 th - 11 th , 2017 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.. More information here.
The Green Program study abroad to promote water resource management and renewable energy's sustainability in Winter and Spring of 2017. Registration and more information here.
The website, MOOC-List provides a list of free online courses on climate change here.
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.
The 2017 Children’s Environmental Health Network Translational Research Conference: New Challenges will be held from April 5-7, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. More information here.
The ASFPM 2017 Annual National Conference: Managing Flood Risk in the Heartland will be held from April 30- May 5, 2017 at the Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, Missouri. More information here.
The 4th International Conference Energy & Meteorology from June 27-29, 2017 is now accepting abstracts on the conference theme of “Challenges in Weather and Climate Services for Energy.” Application deadline January 27, 2017. Specific sessions and more information here.