Mission Statement:

 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.

The Rutgers Climate Institute is guided by the following goals:

  • To understand the mechanisms that drive global and regional climate change;
  • To understand the human and social dimensions of climate change, including how social, economic, political, cultural, and behavioral factors drive climate change, shape vulnerabilities, and condition response strategies;
  • To study the impacts of climate change, particularly its effects on densely populated, coastal regions;
  • To inform and educate society about the causes and consequences of climate change.

We promote understanding by seeking funding opportunities for research and related activities, building research capacity through collaborative research proposal development, organizing working groups, and providing networking opportunities. We foster outreach and education through public forums and by providing opportunities for affiliates to communicate research findings and expertise to a range of constituencies including the general public, students, educators, policymakers, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other interested parties.

Rutgers Climate Institute is generously supported by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the School of Arts and Sciences.  

Rutgers Climate Instiitute co-directs the New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center and co-facilitates the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. 

Please contact Marjorie Kaplan with any questions.