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.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Rutgers Climate Symposium 2018
Climate Change and Food Security
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Busch Student Center
604 Bartholomew Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Alessandro De Pinto, International Food Policy Research Institute
Rachel Bezner Kerr, Cornell University
Pinki Mondal, University of Delaware
Malin Pinsky, Rutgers University
Kevon Rhiney, Rutgers University
Talks are centered on the symposium theme.
The poster session invites abstracts on climate change scholarship and are not restricted to the theme.
There is no fee to attend but registration is required.
Event flyer here.
Poster Abstract submission by 11:59 PM on Sunday November 4, 2018
Register to attend by 11:59 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2018
This event is intended for students, faculty, staff of academic and research institutions. A limited number of registrations will be available for unaffiliated members of the public upon request.
The symposium's goal is to foster collaboration among natural and social science researchers and students interested in climate change from institutions in the NJ, NY, and Philadelphia region.
Over 200 attendees representing more than 20 research institutions in our region participate annually.
News in October 2018
The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, co-facilitated by RCI Affiliate Jeanne Herb and RCI Associate Director, Marjorie Kaplan, received the 2018 Coastal and Ocean Champions Award from the Urban Coast Institute and was recognized by a joint resolution of the New Jersey legislature praising its meritorious efforts. New Jersey Governors Thomas Kean and James Florio, Honorary Co-Chairs of the Alliance accepted the award on behalf of the Alliance.
Top Row Left to Right: Governor James J. Florio and Governor Thomas Kean, Honorary Co-chairs of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance. Bottom Row Left to Right: Kathleen Ellis, Co-Chair, NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance with Alliance member Russ Furnari, PSEG and Alliance Co-facilitators Marjorie Kaplan and Jeanne Herb.
The IPCC has released their special 1.5°C report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The report paints a dire picture of the consequences of climate change, which could only be avoided through a transformation of the world economy at a speed and scale with ‘no documented historic precedent’. The report describes a world of worsening food shortages, wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040,while conceding that avoiding the worst consequences is politically unlikely. Read more about it in this summary at the NY Times.
RCI affiliate Malin Pinsky is featured in a Yale Climate Connections article about the impact of global warming on the habitats of marine life, which he has studied extensively. Atlantic cod will likely move away from U.S. waters, and the impacts of this can only be reduced through a reduction in carbon emissions, according to Pinsky.
September was abnormally warm and wet in New Jersey, according to RCI affiliate New Jersey State Climatologist Dave Robinson in a NJ101.5 article. In terms of temperatures, it is in the top three warmest Septembers going back to 1895 across the state. While South Jersey saw the warmest September on record, 1961 and 2015 were warmer for the entire state. Warm and wet conditions have led to green conditions, but also contributed to disease to some agricultural crops.
A Rutgers-led study finds that global warming will likely lead to more extreme wet and dry weather around the world, according to an article from Duke University. Rutgers’ Jiacan Yuan was the lead author and RCI affiliate Robert Kopp was a contributing author on the study, which found that an increased persistence of subtropical stationary waves in northern hemisphere summers cause more persistent high pressure over the North Pacific and North Atlantic along with more persistent low pressure over Eurasia and North America.
Jobs, Internships, Academic Opportunities, Competitions & Funding Opportunities
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Researcher within the field of integrated risk assessment related to natural hazards at Eurac Research Institute for Earth Observation (Italy). Application deadline October 31, 2018.
Commercial Forestry Advisor with the USAID Green Annamites Project in Da Nang, Vietnam. Application deadline October 25, 2018.
PhD candidate in sea-ice predictability, verification, and prediction with the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany). Application deadline October 19, 2018.
Two Tenure Track Positions in Environmental Science at Rowan University, with particular interest in areas of study advancing our understanding of complex environmental systems, such as Sea Level, Ocean Acidification, Atmospheric Chemistry with respect to climate change, Environmental Toxicology, and Global Biodiversity Informatics. Application deadline October 31, 2018.
Assistant Professor in extreme precipitation at Cornell University. The successful candidate will develop a high-quality research program investigating atmospheric systems associated with extreme precipitation on planetary, mesoscale and/or cloud scales. To apply send a cover letter addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Art DeGaetano; three individuals who are willing to write letters of recommendation; a curriculum vitae; a research plan; a statement of teaching interests; and a diversity statement to eas.search(at)cornell.edu. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2018.
Assistant Professor in computational physical oceanography at Oregon State University. Application deadline December 1, 2018.
Williams Chair in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology. The Chair is expected to play a leadership role in advancing research focused on the linkages between weather and climate at sub-seasonal to longer time-scales. Review of applications will begin December 2018.
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center is hosting a training course on Earth Sciences Simulation Environments on November 27-29, 2018 in Barcelona. Registration deadline November 22, 2018.
Coastal Economics Program Specialist at the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium in Charleston, South Carolina. Review of applications will begin October 26, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. [Posted October 1, 2018]
Funding available from the National Oceanographic Partnership Program in various ocean research and technology topics. [Posted October 1, 2018]
Postdoctoral research positions in Arctic oceanography at LOCEAN (Paris). Application deadline October 20, 2018.
Graduate student positions to study climate extremes and their impacts at Washington State University, Vancouver. Interested applicants are encouraged to email deepti.singh(at)wsu.edu with their CV to further discuss the program and their research interests.
Postdoctoral researcher in paleoclimate and climate modeling at Rice University (Texas). [Posted September 16, 2018]
EPA is now accepting applications for the 2019 Clean Air Excellence Awards in the following categories: Clean Air Technology, Community Action, Education/Outreach, State/Tribal/Local Air Quality Policy Innovations, and Transportation Efficiency Innovations. Application deadline November 2, 2018.
Wiess/Pan Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University (Texas). Application deadline November 1, 2018.
Graduate Research Assistantships in High Frequency Hydroclimate Extremes and Synoptic Climate Drivers in Western North America at the End of the Little Ice Age at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina- Columbia. Application deadline December 12, 2018 for UNC and January 15, 2019 for USC.
Professor in Earth History at Harvard University. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
Hydrogeologist/Groundwater Modeler (Assistant Professor) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Review of applications will begin November 23, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
Climate Data Analyst in Climate Analysis and Monitoring at Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (Canada). Application open until position is filled.
Assistant Professor in synoptic meteorology at University of Colorado, Boulder. Application deadline November 26, 2018.
Funding available from Sustainable Jersey to municipalities and school districts for energy-related projects focused on conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy. This cycle will award: two (2) $30,000 grants and nine (9) $10,000 grants. Grant application deadline October 31, 2018.
ANA Avatar XPRIZE preregistration is open. Registration closes on January 9, 2019.
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is accepting grant applications for species conservation initiatives. Application deadline October 31, 2018.
The NextGen Consortium and Challenge opens in September 2018. Led by Starbucks and McDonald’s, the challenge aims to identify and commercialize existing and future recovery solutions for environmentally friendly single-use hot and cold paper cups, ensure single-use cups are recaptured with the highest material value through recycling and/or composting, minimize raw material use, and encourage reusability.
PostDoc/Junior Group Leader, Atmospheric Physics / Atmospheric
PhD position in atmospheric dynamics and climate model biases at the University of Victoria, Canada. Review of application begins November 1, 2018 and continues until position is filled.
Funding available from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research Program for projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies. Application deadline October 25, 2018.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA FY 2018 Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants to state, local and tribal governments to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters. Application deadline January 31, 2019.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security – FEMA, FEMA FY 2018 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program makes available Federal funds to State, Local and Tribal Governments to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Application deadline January 31, 2019.
The EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge invites undergraduate and graduate student teams to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus that effectively manages stormwater pollution while benefiting the campus community and the environment. Entries due December 14, 2018.
User Engagement and Training Specialist at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (Canada).
Proposals now being accepted for Public Transit Technology and Innovation Program to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies and operational approaches that improve New York’s public transportation systems, while contributing to the State’s energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. Full proposals due November 8, 2018.
Academic Service Opportunities
National Science Foundation AccelNet to accelerate scientific discoveries by connecting U.S. research networks with complementary networks abroad to address grand research challenges and education that will benefit from coordinated international cooperation. Letter of intent deadline December 21, 2018.
University of Leeds is offering a workshop on Quantifying and reducing uncertainty in Earth System Model projections on January 9-10, 2019. Registration deadline October 26, 2018.
Funding available from the Department of EnergyBuilding Reliable Electronics to Achieve Kilovolt Effective Ratings Safely (BREAKERS). BREAKERS projects will inform the creation of new devices capable of better securing the grid by eliminating electrical faults, improving efficiency and reaction times while potentially enabling greater proliferation of renewable resources and eventual electrification of ships and aircraft.
Funding available from the EPA’s Local Food, Local Places program that helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. Application deadline October 22, 2018.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, Short Courses and Seminars
Hurricane Michael’s rapid intensification prior to its devastating landfall on the Florida panhandle landfall is leaving many people to ponder the climate change connection, reports the NY Times. Less shear than forecast and warm water temperatures in the Gulf were ultimately responsible for its rapid strengthening. According to climate researcher and RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis, we can expect more late-season storms persisting longer along the eastern seaboard as the Atlantic Ocean remains warm enough to support tropical systems for longer.
NBC news reports on the absence of geoengineering as a response to global climate change in the most recent IPCC report and discusses the views of many climate scientists on the controversial idea. RCI affiliate Alan Robock expresses his skepticism towards geoengineering as a solution to global warming, and not just a Band-Aid on a much larger problem.In the wake of the newest IPCC
Sustainable Packaging Symposium Innovations in Transforming Waste to Value-Added Products will be held from December 5-7, 2018 at Rutgers University- New Brunswick. Abstract deadline October 21, 2018.
28th Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium will be held on January 11, 2018 at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Abstract deadline December 14, 2018.
Geoscience and Society Summit will be held from March 18-21, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. Call for Innovations deadline November 8, 2018.
Reducing Food Loss and Waste Workshop hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, will be held on October 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.
The Middle States Division American Association of Geographers 2018 Meeting will be held from October 26-27, 2018 at Montclair State University.
GeoMEast International Conference Sustainable Civil Infrastructures: Structural Integrity will be held on November 24-28, 2018 in Cairo, Egypt. Registration deadline has passed.
The OceanVisions 2019 Summit on climate will be held from April 1-4, 2019 at Georgia Tech, with a session on Protecting Ocean Health: Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia. Abstract deadline October 30, 2018.
The First Global Forum for Heat and Health will be held from December 17-20, 2018 in Hong Kong. Registration limited to 200 attendees.
Understanding Northern Latitude Vegetation Greening and Browning, a workshop hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, will be held on December 6-7, 2018 in Washington DC.
Socio-Environmental Dynamics Over the Last 15,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes will be held from March 11-16, 2019 at Kiel University, Germany, including a session on social resilience to climate changes. Abstract deadline November 15, 2018.
ESRI Decision-Support Tools for Wildland Fire Management will be held from November 27-28, 2018 in South Portland, Maine. The workshop is co-sponsored by The Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission (NFFPC) and the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange (NAFSE).
The 11th Imagining Spectroscopy Workshop of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL) will be held from February 6-8, 2019 in Brno, Czech Republic.
Innovations in Transforming Waste to Value-Added Products will be held December 5-7, 2018 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
UCP 2019, Understanding Clouds and Precipitation, will be held from February 25- March 1, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Abstract deadline October 31, 2018.
The 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) 2019 will be held from July 25-31, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. Abstract deadline January 9, 2019.
The 15th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 5th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference will be held from December 10-14, 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina.
Coastal GeoTools 2019 will be held from February 11-14, 2019 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (MAC URISA) 2018, October 24-26, 2018, Atlantic City, NJ from October 24-26th. Register here. Posters will be accepted on a rolling basis. Register your poster here.
Understanding and Modeling the Earth’s Climate: A symposium in honor of Isaac Held will be held from October 29-October 31, 2018 at Princeton University. Registration deadline has passed.
The International Conference on Climate Change, Responsibility and Liability will be held from November 8- November 10, 2018 at the University of Graz, Austria.
Coastal GeoTools 2019 will be held from February 11-14, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Abstract submission will begin in August.
The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting will be held from December 10-14, 2018 in Washington, DC.
The National Council for Science and the Environment 2019 Annual Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure and Resilience will be held from January 8- 9, 2019 in Washington DC.
The Xi Congress on Marine Sciences MarCuba'2018 will be held October 15-19, 2018 at the International Conference Center in Havana, Cuba. The occasion brings together scientists and other professionals linked to sciences, observation systems, coastal and marine services and technologies, educators, sociologists, economists, businessmen and policy makers to attend this important event. Abstract deadline has been extended to July 15th.
The 2018 Applied Geography Conference will be held from October 31, 2018 to November 2, 2018 in Kent, Ohio. To submit a paper for the Applied and Synoptic Climatology session contact cclee(at)kent.edu.
The Italian Society for Climate Sciences Sixth Annual Conference on recent trends in climate sciences, adaptation, and mitigation will be held from October 17- October 19, 2018 in Venice.
12th Annual Graduate Climate Conference will be held from November 2- November 4, 2018 at the University of Washington.
The 11th International Conference of the Spanish Association of Climatology will be held from October 17-October 19, 2018 in Cartagena, Spain.
9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management: Investing in Our Coasts: Environment, Economy, Culture will be held from December 8-13, 2018 in Long Beach, CA. More information here.
The 14th IEEE International Conference on eScience (how digital technology impacts scientific practice) will be held from October 29- November 1, 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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.
Introductory e-Course on Climate Change and REDD+ Academy e-Course available through the United Nations New Climate Change E-Learn Platform. More information here.
Northeast Regional Climate Hub Pilots Discussion Groups for Climate Adaptation hosted by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and the Climate Learning Network. Sign up here.