Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a Climate Perspective

September 5, 2013. Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a Climate Perspective.  The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society released a report investigating the causes of 12 extreme weather and climate events that occurred on five continents and in the Arctic during 2012, including Hurricane Sandy.  While “the effects of natural fluctuations of weather and climate on the evolution of many of the extreme events played key roles,” approximately half of the analyses found evidence that anthropogenic climate change also contributed to the extreme event.  Hurricane Sandy was the product of many contributing factors, which makes it “one of the most difficult extreme events of 2012 to fully explain.” Nonetheless, the analysis concluded that a rising sea level will result in an increased frequency of Sandy-level inundation events from storms with lower intensity and storm surge than Sandy.

Congratulations to RCI Affiliate, Professor George Guo!

Congratulations to RCI Affiliate, Professor George Guo!  George Guo, Ph.D., P.E., professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers and an RCI affiliate and Advisory Committee member, will participate in a flood mitigation research initiative in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Protection, the Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, and five other colleges and universities across the state. According to Dr. Guo, the team at Rutgers “will draw on expertise of our professors, research staff and students to develop solutions designed to make New Jersey more resilient to flooding.” Other participating educational institutions include Stevens University, NJIT, Stockton College, Monmouth University, and Montclair State University. Read more here.

Tenure-track position

September  2013. Tenure-track position:  Assistant Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Change, Boston University.

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NSF Fellowship


NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Program Fellowship: Social Science Partnership with NOAA.

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