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.
Are Our Brains Wired to Ignore Climate Change? September 23rd Public Lecture and Book Signing By George MarshallOpen to the public and the entire Rutgers Community! Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7 PM at the Cook Campus Center, Multipurpose Room, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ. Sponsored by Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers Department of Human Ecology and the Cook Campus Deans. Registration is strongly encouraged. Complete information and a link to registration is here. Read a review from the Washington Post 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.
News in August 2014
Golf courses go green
Special varieties of turf grasses requiring lower inputs of fertilizers, insecticides, energy, and other resources are being developed at Rutgers under the direction of Dr. William Meyer of the Department of Plant Biology & Pathology. These new varieties could help the game of golf reduce its impact on climate change. Read more about it about it here.
HHS Climate Change and Health Webcast
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its HHS Climate Change and Health webcast. The webcast be accessed by clicking here. HHS assembled internationally-recognized experts from NOAA, CDC, and NIH to provide a national perspective and regional snapshots on climate change, key health findings from the National Climate Assessment, and best practices to build health resilience in communities.
2015 Climate Leadership Awards Application Period Open Until September 12, 2014
The national awards program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. For more information, click here.
Is Arctic warming altering the jet stream?
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focuses on the ties between melting sea ice and rising temperatures in the Arctic, changing the jet stream and causing intense heat, rainfall, and other climate events. RCI Affiliate Dr. Jennifer Francis served as an expert reviewer for the paper. Read about Dr. Francis' research featured on NPR here, and some of her articles on the topic here and here.
Is pollen season longer due to climate change?
RCI Affiliate Leonard Bielory talks about the connection between pollen levels, lengthening pollen season, and the increasing number of patients with allergies. Read the discussion here, or read and listen to the discussion here and here.
Conferences, Symposiums, Online Courses, and Seminars
International Conference - Our climate Our future - regional perspectives on a global challenge, October 6-9, 2014 , Berlin, Germany. Sponsored by GeoUnion and Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study. Online registration for the conference without abstract submission is open until September 15, 2014. More information and registration here.
Climate Week NYC September 22-28, 2014. Various venues in New York City. A variety of free, paid, and invite-only events co-convened by the Carbon Disclosure Project and The Climate Group. More information here.
Shifting Seasons Summit October 15th-17th, 2014. The summit, sponsored by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute (CMN SDI), is for sharing information and training related to Tribal climate change adaptation. For more information and to register, click here.
Restore America's Estuaries and The Coastal Society 'Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience' National Summit November 1-6, 2014 brings together coastal management and restoration communities. For more information and to register, click here.
Climate Change Course offered through the University of Melbourne and Coursera. August 11-October 13, 2014. The course is free. To register click here.
10th Annual NJ Association of Floodplain Management (NJAFM) Conference "A Decade of Progress" and Workshops. October 14, 15, 16, 2014. Location: Bally's Atlantic City. Abstract submissions due August 8, 2014. Complete details here.
American Geophysical Union Conference Session. Extreme Events and Climate Change: Impacts on Environment and Resources. San Francisco, December 15-19, 2014. For more information, click here.
Climate Change in Four Dimensions July 1- September 1, 2014 offered through Coursera by the University of California-San Diego. Click here to register.
Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation Conference and Tours. Call for papers: proposals due November 1, 2014
Conference and tours July 2015 in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. More information available here.
Passaic River Symposium VI, Intersecting Priorities October 9–10, 2014
Organized by the Passaic River Institute of Montclair State University, this symposium features speakers and sessions focusing on the Passaic River Basin and other regional watersheds. Click and scroll for information, including registration and location.
Energy and Climate Change Conference January 27-29, 2015
The National Council for Science and the Environment has organized the 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Energy and Climate Change. The conference will take place in Washington DC. Scientists, engineers, businesspeople, and professionals from government and policy will be in attendance to discuss solutions, partnerships, and initiatives to transition to a new "low carbon" and "climate resilient" energy system as a response to climate change. Registration details will be available soon.
16th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration December 12-13, 2014, Charleston, South Carolina
Among the topics covered, the conference will highlight the use of shellfish restoration to address challenges and opportunities related to coastal development including climate change and ocean acidification. More information can be found here.
Jobs, Internships & Funding Opportunities
Click here for more information on Fellowships and Internships.
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.
Postdoctoral research associate is needed at the The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University in cooperation with NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), and the National Ocean Service (NOS) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). The research associate would develop projections of coastal and/or marine habitats and the response of living marine resources. Candidates with knowledge of marine ecology/fisheries ecology, oceanography, and climate science are encouraged to apply. Complete applications are due by September 30, 2014. For more information and to apply, click here.
Research Scientist for Rwanda Station at the Center for Global Change, MIT Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate. Provide scientific leadership to a new observatory in Rwanda. Applicants should have a PhD and experience with atmospheric instrumentation. Complete applications are due by September 30, 2014. For details about the position and to apply, click here.
Amazon Webservices Climate Research Grants. Apply for projects that lead to a reduction in the environmental impact of Amazon's work. Recipients have the opportunity to deliver an update on their progress and to reveal early findings at the AWS re:Invent conference in mid-November. Submissions due August 29, 2014. More information here.
Plymouth Marine Laboratory , United Kingdom has l 3 Earth Observation scientist positions available. Deadline is September 5, 2014. More information, eligibility, and to applicadtion information here.
The Berkeley Lab seeks M37 Project Leaders in this entrepreneurial R&D program for top innovators to develop high-impact energy technologies. Deadline August 15, 2014. Applications submitted after considered on a rolling basis. More information here.
Energy Globe Award for outstanding and sustainable projects in the area of environment and energy. Deadline September 22, 2014. Recipients will receive a 10,000 euro cash award. For more details and eligibility, click here.
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.
Fully funded Department of Energy Biofuels Research Internship for college juniors, seniors or recent graduates. The project objective is to utilize marine microalgae for biofuels production. The position is located in Sequim, WA and begins mid-January 2015. Applications due August 22, 2014. Complete information here.
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."
2015-16 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. More information here.
Gulf of Mexico Regional Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Gulf of Mexico National Estuarine Research Reserves Announcement
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Internships
NASA Ames Education
The Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship
Themes: Biodiversity, Cities, Climate Change, Cultures, Energy, Food, Oceans, and Water
Pathways to Science
A resource for undergraduate summer research opportunities, grad fellowships, postdoc positions
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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