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.
Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) and The Coastal Society (TCS) Call for ProposalsCall For Proposals! The joint Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) and The Coastal Society (TCS) Summit "will address all aspects of coastal and estuarine restoration and management, in all habitats, at all scales, and all regions." Presentation proposals are due February 28, 2014. For more information click here.
New Funding Opportunity for Distributed Power Fuel Cell TechnologiesARPA-E has announced $30 million in available funding for the new Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, which is focused on the development of transformational electrochemical technologies to enable low-cost distributed power generation. ARPA-E encourages outstanding scientists and engineers to form new project teams for REBELS applications and projects. The deadline to submit a Concept Paper for REBELS is 5 p.m. ET on January 8, 2014. Additional information on REBELS can be found at ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
Rutgers faculty on coastal geomorphology, climate change, and sea level rise:
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.
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.
THINK GLOBAL, BIKE LOCAL
Check out the Rutgers Bike Rental Program and commit to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, which will improve the quality of life for all.
October 2013. Bridging the Climate Divide: Conference Materials AvailableOctober 14, 2013: Rutgers Climate Institute hosted Bridging the Climate Divide: Informing the Response to Hurricane Sandy and Implications for Future Vulnerability. The conference highlighted the scholarship that Rutgers' faculty and staff continue to bring to the climate change arena. The keynote address was delivered by Joseph J. Seneca, professor of environmental economics and policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, on "Sandy, Climate Policy, and Rutgers: An Overview." Read more here.
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy 5th Annual Energy Innovation Summit
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced the fifth annual Energy Innovation Summit, Gaylord National Resort, outside Washington, D.C. February 24-26, 2014. Concurrent graduate student summit; competitive application here.
Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives Exhibit at Zimmerli Art Museum: September 2013 thru July 31, 2014.
For over 40 years, Diane Burko has travelled around the Americas and Europe, taking photographs and making sketches of volcanoes, hot spring fissures, glaciers, mountains, and rain forests in order to paint these landscapes in her Philadelphia studio.
Congratulations and IPCC Article
Congratulations to the following Rutgers faculty who are contributing authors to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group Report, Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis
Benjamin Horton (Marine and Coastal Sciences)
Robert Kopp (Earth and Planetary Sciences)
David Robinson (Geography)
Alan Robock (Environmental Sciences)
In addition to being a contributing author, Professor Robock is also a lead author of Chapter 8: Anthropogenic and Natural Radiative Forcing.
Job Opportunities & Internships
Climate Access Internships
Rutgers University Students, SPIN Program
Department of Energy Internship
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy-Washington D.C.