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.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Dave Robinson who has been awarded the American Association of Geographers Lifetime Achievement Award!
The AAG citation reads: The 2017 AAG Life Achievement Honors is granted to Professor David Robinson from the Department of Geography at Rutgers University. Robinson is a multi-dimensional geographer who has achieved extraordinary success and impact in many domains simultaneously. As a researcher, he is a leading figure in the fields of climate science and climatology and one of the world's foremost experts on global snow cover. As New Jersey State Climatologist for the past 25 years, he is among the most publicly prominent geographers in the New York-New Jersey region, granting hundreds of media interviews each year while also overseeing a publicly accessible statewide climate and weather data network. As a long-serving department chair at Rutgers, Robinson fostered a culture of success that combined scholarly achievement with mentorship, collegiality and mutual respect among all members of the department.
Rutgers-led New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA) awarded 2016 Outstanding Floodplain Management Award
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.
News in January 2017
Rutgers Professor Ken Able and RCI affiliate Benjamin Horton and his student, Jennifer Walker are featured in this NewsWorks piece on ghost forests in New Jersey coastal marshes and their work to better understand how sea level rise is influencing coastal forest decline to better plan for the future.
NOAA has recently released state climate summaries focusing on characteristics of the physical climate and coastal issues in accordance with NOAA's mission. Read New Jersey’s report here.
National Academies Press has a recently published Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide, for which RCI affiliate Bob Kopp is a recognized committee member.
RCI affiliate, Malin Pinsky is cited by the New York Times on the impact that climate change has had on the demographics of certain fish species, resulting in a fishing regulations that have failed to keep up to date with fish species locations.
Congratulations to RCI affiliates Bob Kopp and Ben Horton who were co- authors of Temperature-driven global sea-level variability in the Common Era, the third most featured climate paper in the media in 2016. This paper assesses the relationship between temperature and global sea level variability over the Common Era through a statistical metaanalysis of proxy relative sea-level reconstructions and tide-gauge data. Among the findings was that the 20th century rise was extremely likely faster than during any of the 27 previous centuries.
Read here about RCI affiliate emerita, Professor Emeritus Bonnie McCay’s lifelong research on fisheries which has helped to better manage “The Commons”, a general term describing any system where the resources are used and perhaps owned jointly, in common.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Daniel Van Abs who accepted a 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award as a member of the steering committee member of Jersey Water Works, a coalition focused on solutions to the complex and costly problems associated with aging and inefficient water infrastructure statewide. Read more here.
Read new Resources for the Future reports on Understanding the National Flood Insurance Program in New Jersey and Examining Flood Map Changes of New Jersey commissioned by the New Jersey Realtors Governmental Research Foundation.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, Short Courses and Seminars
NCSE 2017 National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Integrating Environment and Health. January 24-26, 2017 in Washington D.C. More information here.
Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health annual meeting and expo hosted by the American Public Health Association will be held from November 4-8, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Abstract deadline is February 20, 2017. More information 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. 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 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 System and New 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 deadline for submission to the special issue of Advances in Atmospheric Sciences (AAS) on recent progress in our understanding of the coupling between Arctic climate change and Eurasian mid-latitude climate and weather has been extended to January 31, 2017. More information here.
The U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report is open for public comment through February 3, 2017. For details and to contribute to the process click here.
Understanding the European Greenhouse Gas Budget: Towards supporting COP 21 meeting will be held from March 8-9, 2017 in Royal Society, London. Register by February 3, 2017. More information and register here.
Workshop on Integrated Carbon and Water for Ecological and Biogeochemical Synthesis will be held from February 27- 28, 2017 at Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA. 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.
Registration is now open for the 6th International Summit on Hurricanes and Climate Change: From Hazard to Impact which will be held from June 4-9, 2017 in Aldemar Knossos Royal Village Conference Center in Heraklion, Crete. Abstract deadline February 15, 2017. More information here.
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. 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.