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"Shored Up" Documentary Has A Bleak Message About NJ Coast

September 17, 2013. “‘Shored Up’ Documentary Has A Bleak Message About NJ Coast.” Documentary directed by Ben Kalina, examines the environmental, economic, and cultural controversies surrounding coastal development in the face of rising sea levels and extreme weather.  Read more or find a screening.

Marine Taxa Track Local Climate Velocities

September 13, 2013. RCI affiliate and Rutgers Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources,  Malin Pinsky co-authored, “Marine Taxa Track Local Climate Velocities,” examining the movement of marine species in response to warming waters.  The results of the study demonstrate “that marine species shift at different rates and directions because they closely track the complex mosaic of local climate velocities,” or the rate and direction that climate shifts across the landscape.  Read more at Science.

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. 

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Polar Perspectives on Art and Science

"Polar Perspectives on Art and Science" includes a series of collaborations with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, Department of Geography, Rutgers Climate Institute, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) at Rutgers University, the Zimmerli Art Museum, the Cook Campus Dean and the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. Let Us Talk About Water, that includes an art exhibit, lectures, films, and other events. More information and a flyer is included here

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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.

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