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.
DRAFT New Jersey Climate and Health Profile Report
NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance Climate and Health Working Group releases Draft New Jersey Climate and Health Profile Report for public comment through February 28, 2017.
More details and report available here.
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 February 2017
A crack in the Larson C ice shelf of the eastern coast of the Antarctic peninsula is growing at a rapid rate, according to the New York Times. Project Midas, the research team that has been monitoring the crack since 2014, claims the iceberg will likely break off as the crack approaches softer ice within the next few months. Stress from higher temperatures in the region are likely to blame. Although the collapse of Larson C will not significantly alter global sea levels, the ice shelf acted as structural support for the glaciers behind it. With Larson C gone, the stability of the surrounding shelf is in jeopardy.
In a deal with NBC4 and Telemundo, Rutgers University was the recipient of a new cutting edge doppler radar, according to the Daily Targum. The radar has already been installed on Cook Campus and will soon provide regional radar for a 50,000 square mile area, roughly the size of Pennsylvania. According to RCI affiliate Steven Decker, director of the undergraduate meteorology department, students will be able to learn about the workings of the radar physically and will have access to the data for their own weather forecasts.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Bob Kopp who was recently promoted to Professor I in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. His research focuses on past and future climate change uncertainty, focusing mostly on past sea level change and future sea level rise.
January 2017 was New Jersey’s 12th mildest January since 1895, according to RCI affiliate Dave Robinson in an NJ.com piece. With an average temperature of 36.6F, the state was 5.9F above normal. Warm temperatures led to below average snowfall but above average total precipitation.
RCI affiliates Rick Lathrop, Dina Fonseca, Michael Kennish, and Lisa Auermuller received a $743,000 National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) collaborative grant to examine sea level rise's impact on salt marshes, habitats, and managing mosquito populations. This research will provide an improved understanding of the intersection of coastal community resilience and wetlands and help to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Rutgers assistant research professor Jeffra Schaefer co-authored a pioneering study examining anticipated climate change induced increases in precipitation and its effects on marine ecosystems. As increased precipitation causes more runoff, organic matter increases in the water, allowing for the accumulation of mercury in marine life. In a Rutgers Today piece, Schaefer noted that the increase in organic matter can alter the foodweb, affecting how mercury accumulates in fish and shellfish; which can have devastating impacts their nervous systems, lungs, kidneys, and eyes.
Despite a very rainy January, a drought warning remains in effect t throughout much of the State. According to RCI affiliate and state climatologist Dave Robinson (interviewed by NJ 101.5) that to break the drought, the rainy pattern must continue for an extended amount of time.
RCI affiliate Serpil Guran has been awarded $439,190 by the U.S. Department of Commerce for the project Rutgers Ecolgnite, an effort to assist small companies in pioneering new, innovative clean energy projects. Read more about this project here and here. Learn more about Dr. Guran here.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, Short Courses and Seminars
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 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.
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 10, 2017. More information and register here.
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society will be hosting their annual meeting from June 4-8, 2017 at the Downtown Hilton in Toronto, ON, Canada on the theme,” Future Earth” Weather, Oceans, Climate.” Abstract submission deadline February 15, 2017. More information 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 IAVCEI (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior) 2017 Scientific Assembly will be held in Portland, Oregon from August 14- 18, 2017. Abstract deadline March 17, 2017. Submit here. More information here.
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, Greece. Abstract deadline February 15, 2017. Travel grant deadline March 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 - Action Today for a Better Tomorrow will be held from May 9 th - 11 th , 2017 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. University Student Travel Grants available. Deadline for travel grant support is February 17, 2017. More information here.
4th International Conference on Earth System Modelling, hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology will be held from August 28- September 1, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Abstract deadline May 15, 2017. Submit an abstract 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.
Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change Workshop- Northeast. Tuesday, April 4, 2017- Wednesday, April 5, 2017. To be held at Antioch University New England, Keene, NH. Sponsored by Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, US Forest Service, Trout Unlimited, and Antioch University New England . More information here.
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. Specific sessions and more information here.
Numerical Modeling, Predictability and Data Assimilation in Weather, Ocean and Climate A Symposium Honoring the Legacy of Anna Trevisan will be held from October 17-20, 2017 at the Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science of the Italian Research Council in Bologna Italy. Abstract submission deadline July 15, 2017. More information here.
Jobs, Internships & Funding Opportunities
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Program Director and Communications Director positions available with Climate Central. More information here. (posted February 13, 2017)
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). More information here. (posted February 13, 2017)
Research Scientist position available in tropical cyclones and atmosphere ocean interactions at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science- Climate, University of Reading in the United Kingdom. More information here. (Posted 2/6/17)
18-month postdoctoral position available on multi- scale merging of satellite measurements of the water cycle at the Universite de Versailles Saint- Quentin in France. Email CV, statement of research interests, information of two references to Mathieu.vrac(at)lsce.ipsl.fr as soon as possible (posted January 30, 2017).
Part Time Undergraduate Research position available using MATLAB at the Rutgers Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics. More information here. (posted 1/31/17)
Iowa Energy Center Director Position available at the Iowa Energy Center at Iowa State University. More information here. (posted 1/31/17)
Postdoctoral Position available in climate variability at local scale using observations and simulations at the LATMOS in Guyancourt, France. Application including curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and the contact information of two references should be emailed to marjolaine.chiriaco(at)latmos.ipsl.fr.
MS Graduate Assistantship available in physical oceanography and climate dynamics in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Texas A&M University. Email tshinoda(at)tamucc.edu for any inquiries. More information here.
PhD Studentship available on cold surges over western Europe: mechanisms underlying variability and change at Durham University, United Kingdom. More information here.
Postdoctoral Position available in biology, oceanography, geology and geophysics at the Alfred Wegener Institute Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. For more information email Thomas.jung(at)awi.de.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Position available in land-atmosphere interactions in cold environments at the University of Oslo (Norway). More information here.
Postdoctoral Fellowship position available in land atmosphere earth system modeling at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Applications will be accepted until the role is filled. Email application to pgh25(at)cornell.edu.
Position as Director General of the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory European Research Infrastructure Consortiumavailable. Application deadline February 15, 2017. More information here.
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources is accepting Preproposalsforfor 1-3 year matching grants of up to $250,000 to support research on improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply. Application deadline February 15, 2017. More information here.
Associate Specialist position available in marine science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Final application deadline February 15, 2017. More information and apply here.
Masters Student Assistantship position available starting in Fall 2017 in hydrology and nutrient cycling of northeastern agroecosystems in the Plant and Soil Science Department at the University of Vermont. Application deadline February 15, 2017. More information document here (16 KB) .
2017 Sustainable Agriculture Research Apprenticeship Program is now accepting applications to work with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems Sustainable Agriculture Research Apprenticeship Program. Application deadline February 15, 2017. More information here.
Clean Energy Fellowship opportunity available as a part of the Solar Ambassador Program for undergraduate students at Rutgers University. Application deadline February 17, 2017. For more information email ben(at)revolv.org. Apply here.
Travel Support to the National Adaptation Forum which will be held from May 9- 11, 2017 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Application deadline February 17, 2017. University students are among the eligible applicants. More information here.
Atmospheric Composition Scientist Support Engineer position available at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Application deadline February 18, 2017. More information here.
2 Postdoctoral Positions AND a Service Manager/ Administrative Assistant position available on improved fundamental land and ocean surface data holdings at Maynooth University. Application deadlines are February 19, 2017. More information on service manager position here. More information on postdoctoral positions here.
Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is pleased to sponsor a hands-on data science course run by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Application deadline February 20, 2017. More information here.
Department of Energy has announced their Scaling up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages Program for a chance to receive up to $6.5 million in funding.Full application due February 21, 2017. More information here.
PhD Studentship position available to explore potential atmospheric and dynamical drivers behind vegetation feedbacks, etc. at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Application deadline February 21, 2017. More information here.
The National Academies' Gulf Research Program is accepting applications for its 2017 early-career research fellowships and science policy fellowships. Application deadline February 22, 2017. More information here.
Rutgers Global Health Institute Seed Grants to support faculty conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary global health activities in communities at home and around the world. Research, education, training, and capacity building proposals in: 1) Old or new infectious disease threats; 2) Social or environmental threats to health; 3) Noncommunicable diseases in developing countries; 4) Improving health systems and policies in poor communities; 5) Innovations in global health. $10,000 of support for 1-2 years; deadline February 22, 2017. Complete information here.
Environmental Sciences Trainee position available with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Application deadline February 23, 2017. More information here.
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2018U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Application deadline February 24, 2017. More information here.
The Rutgers Energy Institute has announced the 2016- 2017 Energy Innovation Contest for Undergraduates on New Brunswick Campus. Three awards will be given: $2500 for first place, $1500 for second place, and $1000 for third place Register by sending an email of intent to bea(at)marine.rutgers.edu by February 24, 2017. Proposals submitted by March 27, 2017. More information here.
NJ NRCS requests applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted for projects located in New Jersey only. Pre-proposal deadline February 24, 2017. More information here.
Scientific Programmer Position available to work on development of future climate models and tools for analysis and visualization of climate simulations at the Rossby Centre at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. Application deadline February 28, 2017. More information here.
The Center for Resilient Landscapes, a joint venture of the USDA Forest Service and Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station is pleased to announce this opportunity for summer funding for graduate research. Application deadline February 28, 2017. More information here.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are seeking nominations for individuals to serve on a senior-level committee to oversee Breakthroughs 2030, a year-long effort to identify the greatest opportunities to forge new directions in food and agricultural science by incorporating knowledge and tools from across the science and engineering spectrum. Submit here by February 28, 2017. Nominate here.
The Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program is accepting applications from undergraduate students to receive one-time grants of up to $5,000 to offset living expenses while on government/public service summer internships in Washington, DC.. Application deadline is March 1, 2017. More information here.
Postdoctoral Position available to understand and study projections of global glacier melt under low- end warming scenarios at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bremen. Email applications including reference number, letter of motivation, CV and information of references to fb08.bewerbung(at)uni-bremen.de by March 1, 2017.
Postdoctoral position available in the area of modeling of clouds and bio- aerosols in the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University. Application deadline March 2, 2017. More information here.
2017 Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program is now accepting applications to work with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Application deadline March 3, 2017. More information here.
Aerosol Climate Modeling Position available at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Application deadline March 5 ,2017. More information here.
Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer Position available in climate change research with atmospheric dynamical processes at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Application deadline March 5, 2017. More information here.
The Department of Health and Human Services and National Institutes of Health are now accepting applications for the funding opportunity Centers for Oceans and Human Health 3: Impacts of Climate Change on Oceans and Great Lakes (COHH3) (P01) for a chance to receive up to $900,000 in rewards. Application deadline March 7, 2017. More information here.
Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency is now accepting applications for the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies, which supports research and development for technologies and systems that contribute to reduction in building energy consumption. Full Applications due March 8, 2017. More information here.
Rutgers Energy Institute internships open to undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors for summer 2017. Application deadline March 10, 2017. More information image here (131 KB) .
Research Computing Associate Position available with the predictability of weather and climate group at the University of Oxford. Application deadline March 14, 2017. More information here.
FY 2017 NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program call for proposals to implement projects that build resilient U.S. coastal communities, economies and ecosystems. Awards up to $2 million. Application deadline March 15, 2017. Read more here.
PhD Projects available at the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany. Application deadline March 15, 2017. More information here.
Post-Doctoral Position available in modelling ecosystem- atmosphere interactions at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Email applications to almut.arneth(at)kit.edu by March 15, 2017.
Postdoctoral Fellow/ Research Fellow position available in ocean sea ice modelling at the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University. Application deadline March 16, 2017. More information here.
Request For Proposals for Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants are now being accepted from November, 2016 - January 31, 2017. Informational Webinar November 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM. Complete information here. Register for the webinar here.
Tenure Track Faculty Position available in large scale atmospheric of climate dynamics in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. Application deadline March 20, 2017. More information and apply here.
Postdoctoral position available to study the dynamics of shallow cloud cover and to improve the representation of shallow clouds in global climate models in the Department of Energy at UC Berkeley. Application deadline March 31, 2017. More information here.
W1 Junior Professorship position available on arctic climate changes at the University of Leipzig in Germany. Application deadline March 31, 2017. Email detailed CV, list of academic records, and copy of certificate of the highest acquired academic degree to dekan(at)physic.uni-leipzig.de.
The Climate Cost Project has announced the Witnessing Change Video Competition for high school and college students. Application deadline April 1, 2017. More information here.
Climate Scientist position available as a part of the Climate and Energy Program at the office in Washington, D.C. Submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email tojobs(at)ucsusa.org by April 2, 2017. More information here.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Geosciences Directorate, Division of Ocean Sciences (GEO/OCE) Centers for Oceans and Human Health 3: Impacts of Climate Change on Oceans and Great Lakes (COHH3) (P01z) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications for multi-component projects that will investigate the impact of climate change on emerging public health threats associated with marine and Great Lakes Basin environments. The focus of the program will be to support research on the exposures, toxicities and human health impacts that arise in these environments and how climate change is influencing these factors now and in the future. The FOA solicits applications that will achieve program goals through integrated, multidisciplinary scientific approaches and a community engagement component. Awards up to $900,000. Applications due April 7, 2017 more information here.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Position available in atmospheric modeling on the LES or regional modeling scale at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean. Application deadline May 1, 2017. Email applications and inquiries to marquist(at)uw.edu.
Renewable Natural Resources Foundation is accepting nomination for the 2017 Awards Program. Submission deadline June 2, 2017. More information here.
Fish and Wildlife Service announced funding to provide direct technical and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Application deadline September 30, 2017. More information here.