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.
Register Now for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Climate Symposium: Friday November 21, 2014.Rutgers Climate Institute is sponsoring this one-day symposium to stimulate interaction and collaboration among the community of natural and social science researchers and university students from institutions in the greater NJ, NY and Philadelphia region interested in climate change. The symposium theme is Climate Change and The Tropics: Implications and Adaptation. The symposium will feature keynote speakers and panels centered on the symposium theme and poster sessions. The poster sessions will not be restricted to the symposium theme and posters can be submitted on any scholarly research related to climate change. The symposium is free, registration is required, participation is intended for researchers and university students; a limited number of registrations for members of the public will be made available. The symposium will be held at Rutgers University, Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ. An agenda, speaker bios, complete symposium information including how to submit a poster abstract and a link to registration is available here.
NJADAPT LaunchedNJADAPT launched! A collaborative effort of scientists and data managers in academia, government, the private sector and NGO community who have developed a strategic plan for a New Jersey platform to host and apply climate science impacts and data. Includes a Flood Exposure Profile for community discussions about hazard impacts (e.g., maps of people, places and assets at risks); NJ Flood Mapper a user friendly visualization tool for flooding hazards and sea level rise; Getting to Resilience a tool to help communities reduce vulnerability and increase preparedness (including how to obtain points through FEMA's Community Rating System). Includes reports such as New Jersey's Coastal Flood Exposure; Modeling the Fate Of New Jersey's Salt Marshes Under Sea Level Rise; NJ Property Value Impacts Case Study and audio visual Story Maps related to several NJ communities (Toms River Township, Tuckerton Borough, Newark-East Ferry) and climate related topics (Salt Marshes and Coastal Flood Exposure). Visit NJADAPT here and see press coverage here.
News in October 2014
Click on globalchange.gov to learn about how the National Climate Assessment is being applied in various initiatives. For example, the National Climate Assessment and other scientific resources are being used in a series of workshops to support climate preparedness at the state and local scale. The White House also announced international and domestic efforts to support climate resilience, ranging from extreme weather outlooks to green infrastructure. Read about how USGCRP's Global Change Information System (GCIS) supports traceability for the findings of the National Climate Assessment. Find graphics from the National Climate Assessment, global change visualizations, and resources in Spanish.
Rutgers joins USDA Northeast Climate Hub
As climate changes, conventional practices in agriculture, forestry, and natural resource management may no longer be enough to maintain and strengthen farm production, natural resource management, and rural economic development. Rutgers has been invited to participate in a regional collaboration—the Northeast Climate Hub—and RCI associate director Marjorie Kaplan will serve as the Rutgers liaison to the Northeast Climate Hub. Read about it here.
Mid-Atlantic Living Shorelines Summit 2013 materials are available here.
Atlantic ocean quiet, while the Pacific faces large numbers of storms
RCI Affiliate David Robinson was quoted in this Asbury Park Press article about hurricane patterns and risks this year and in the future.
Is climate change behind polar jet stream’s strange behavior?
RCI Affiliate Jennifer Francis was quoted here about the potential links between the odd behavior of the polar jet stream and the disappearance of ice and snow in the Arctic.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, and Seminars
The 2nd National Adaptation Forum, May 12 through May 14, 2015 in St. Louis, MO represents a collective effort to enhance the resilience of the nation's communities, resources and economy in the face of a changing climate. Proposals to present are being accepted until October 24, 2014. Click here to submit a proposal. Register here.
2015 Rutgers Undergrad Energy Innovation Contest. Sponsored by The Rutgers Energy Institute. More information here. Due February 27, 2015.
Can you reinvent the wheel? The Fuels Institute, a multi-industry DC-based think tank, is seeking entries for an inter-disciplinary case competition to design the future of transportation. Submit an abstract by December 8, 2014 here.
International Swiss Climate Summer School 2015 "Extreme Events and Climate”. Open to young researchers (PhD students and Post-Docs) Application due December 31, 2014. More information here.
New Generation of Polar Researchers (NGPR) Leadership Symposium May 2-9, 2015 USC Wrigley/Boone Center for Environmental Leadership, Catalina Island, California. Application Deadline: November 3, 2014. More information here.
2015 Summer Specialty Conference; Climate Change Adaptation. Climate Change and Water Resources: We know the issues - what do we do about them? American Water Resources Association. June 15-17, 2015, New Orleans. Abstracts due February 13, 2015. More information here.
Payment for Ecosystem Services: Putting Theory into Practice in Costa Rica May 25-June 8, 2015. This 2 week, 2 credit advanced graduate level course through the Organization for Tropical Studies will consider the design, implementation, and evaluation of payments for ecosystem services (PES). The priority deadline is February 3, 2015 and the applications are accepted on a rolling basis after that. For more information click and scroll.
Monitoring Tropical Forest Dynamics in a Changing Climate. This course geared towards early graduate students through the Organization for Tropical Studies will incorporate interactive lectures, field practicums, discussion, and R programming to give students knowledge and hands-on experience in the following diverse topics pertaining to tropical forests in a changing climate: impacts, adaptation, mitigation, monitoring, assessment, and political and social context. More details about registration and deadlines will be available soon here. Click and scroll to find the course
Small Island Developing States in a Changing Climate: Paths to Adaptation offered through the University of Geneva and Coursera. The course starts in January 2015 and is free. To register, click here.
Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided offered through The World Bank and Coursera. The course starts in March 2015 and is free. To register, click here.
Restore America's Estuaries and The Coastal Society 'Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience' National Summit November 1-6, 2014 brings together coastal management and restoration communities. For more information and to register, click here.
American Geophysical Union Conference Session. Extreme Events and Climate Change: Impacts on Environment and Resources. San Francisco, December 15-19, 2014. For more information, click here.
Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation Conference and Tours. Call for papers: proposals due November 1, 2014
Conference and tours July 2015 in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. More information available here.
Energy and Climate Change Conference January 27-29, 2015
The National Council for Science and the Environment has organized the 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Energy and Climate Change. The conference will take place in Washington DC. Scientists, engineers, businesspeople, and professionals from government and policy will be in attendance to discuss solutions, partnerships, and initiatives to transition to a new "low carbon" and "climate resilient" energy system as a response to climate change. Registration details will be available soon.
16th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration December 12-13, 2014, Charleston, South Carolina
Among the topics covered, the conference will highlight the use of shellfish restoration to address challenges and opportunities related to coastal development including climate change and ocean acidification. More information can be found here.
Jobs, Internships & Funding Opportunities
Click here for more information on Fellowships and Internships.
Postdoctoral Position in Soil Moisture Remote Sensing, Columbia University. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hydrology, atmospheric sciences or in a related field and an interest in working with observational data. Applications due November 17, 2014. Please send a CV and publication record along with a short research statement to Pierre Gentine pg2328(at)columbia.edu
PhD position at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland. MSc in climate science, environmental sciences, geography, or similar, with a strong background in geophysical processes and environmental statistics. Review of applications starts on January 4, 2015. Informal enquiries should be made and applications should be sent to: Raphael Neukom: neukom(at)giub.unibe.ch
Arctic Fluxes Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Apply here. Deadline to be announced.
Two Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Climate Science positions in the Department of Earth & Environment at Boston University. Applications due December 1, 2014. More information and application here.
Postdoctoral fellow at Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. Apply here. Deadline to be announced.
Research fellow (PhD candidate) in atmospheric dynamics and climate modeling at University of Bergen. Apply here. Application due November 14, 2014.
NCAR Faculty Fellowship Program. Faculty employed at a university or college eligible to apply. Applications due October 31, 2014. More details here.
Assistant Project Scientist Position University of California, Santa Barbara. PhD in environmental science, geography, social science, ecology or related field, preferably with a coastal or marine focus. Apply by November 5, 2014. Apply here.
Climate Change Oceanographer. The University of Southern Mississippi. Applications due December 8, 2014. More information here.
Postdoctoral position in climate dynamics at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. For more information and to apply contact Dr. Toshi Shinoda toshiaki.shinoda(a)tamucc.edu. To apply, email a CV, statement of research interest, and names and email of at least three references.
Assistant Professor position atmospheric sciences at University of Virginia. Applications due December 1, 2014. Apply here.
Postdoctoral Position: Terrestrial Hydrology Research Group, Princeton University. More information and application are here. Search for requisition number 1400710. Review starts immediately.
2015 Hudson River Fund Call for Proposals open to applicants evaluating shorelines in relationship to human use, resiliency and habitat improvement, and ecosystem valuation. Preproposal deadline: Thursday, November 6, 2014. More information here.
Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate-Ice Sheet Modeling at The Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD) with the NCAR Earth System Laboratory (NESL). Deadline October 24, 2014. More information here.
Global Resilience Challenge to improve building resilience in the Sahel, Horn of Africa and Southeast Asia. Guidelines here. Applications due November 21, 2014. Contact challenge (at) globalresiliencepartnership.org for more information or click here.
EPA accepting applications for P3 grant program
Solve an environmental challenge through the EPA's P3 - People, Prosperity, and the Planet – Program, a unique college competition for a sustainable future. Graduates and undergraduates can apply by December 16 here.
Assistant Professor at Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley. Recruitment period through November 12, 2014. More information and application here.
University of Missouri-Columbia seeks students interested in completing a PhD in Atmospheric Science starting in 2015. Graduate Research Assistantship is available and supported by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Track I award. Applicants must possess (or expect to possess by spring 2015) a master's degree in atmospheric science, geographical science, earth science, or a related field. To apply, send by email unofficial transcripts, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three references, and a brief personal statement that highlights skills relevant to the position as described above and includes recent GRE scores, recent TOEFL scores (international students only), and professional goals to Dr. Bohumil Svoma, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Missouri, svomab (at) missouri (dot) edu.
Climate Action Champions Competition
An initiative by the US Department of Energy to recognize and support the steps that local and tribal governments are already taking to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Applications due October 27, 2014. For more information and to apply, click here.
Assistant Professor Positions in Oceanography
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography,University of Georgia accepting applicants for two Assistant Professor positions. Application review starts October 24, 2014 and continues until positions are filled. For more information, click here and scroll.
JAMSTEC Postdoctoral Fellow Programme
Researchers who have completed a PhD thesis can develop their research in ocean and earth sciences. Applicants are required to have been awarded a PhD in a related field within 5 years or employment or expected to obtain a PhD in a related field by the date of employment. Applications due November 5, 2014. For more information, click here.
Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Columbia University For doctoral candidates or Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. interested in issues in sustainable development. Application due October 31, 2014 for fellowships starting in the fall of 2015. Fellowships are a 24-month appointment. More information here.
Tenure-track faculty position in global climate modeling, earth systems modeling, global biogeochemical modeling at the University of Rochester, New York.. Application review starts December 20, 2014 and continues until the position fills. Click here to apply.
Tenure-track faculty position in global climate modeling, earth systems modeling, global biogeochemical modeling at the University of Rochester, New York. Application review starts December 20, 2014 and continues until the position fills. Click here to apply.
The NJDEP Division of Coastal and Land Use Planning seeks local entities for grant opportunity regarding technical and compliance assistance for the design and construction of ecologically based mitigation strategies. Proposals are due November 14, 2014. Click here for more information.
Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in Environment & Society: Providence, RI, United States, Brown Institute for the Study of Environment and Society (ISES) Deadline: November 1, 2014. For more information, click here.
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Awards include stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients. Graduate entry-level stipends begin at $30,000. The program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. More information and instructions on how to apply are available on the NRC Research Programs website.
Climate Access Internship available for graduate students; more details here.
Rutgers faculty, staff and students have free subscriptions to COS-PIVOT, a powerful search engine for finding funding opportunities and scholar profiles from within Rutgers and outside of the university.
New Jersey Future in Trenton, NJ seeks a part-time policy manager. The position’s primary initial focus will be on ensuring equitable and resilient land-use decisions in the face of storms and sea level rise. Send cover letter, resume, references, and writing samples to Marianne Jann at njfuture (at) njfuture (dot) org.
Rutgers Energy Institute Postdoctoral Associate Fellowship. The REI will support post-doctoral students for broad range of energy research: basic and applied science, engineering, economics, and policy. Each fellowship is one year and includes $25,000 direct cost support. For more information about applying, click here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Fellowships available as early as Fall 2014.
Climate Funding Opportunities compiled by NOAA and MN Sea Grant. Deadlines vary by grants. To access the list click here and click on the black "download PDF."
2015-16 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. More information here.
Gulf of Mexico Regional Coastal Training Program Coordinator
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Internships
The Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship
Pathways to Science
A resource for undergraduate summer research opportunities, grad fellowships, postdoc positions
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Benjamin Justice, associate professor in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration,Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been awarded the 2014 Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Mark Miller who was appointed as director of the new Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (IEOAS)!
RCI Affiliates Mark G. Robson and Alan Robock Receive Awards for Outstanding Service
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Mark G. Robson for receiving the Sullivan Award from the New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA).Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Alan Robock for receiving the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society for “highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences.” Read about the awards to Dr. Robson and Dr. Robock here.
RCI Affiliate Malin Pinsky Receives $1.1 Million Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and an NJ Sea Grant Award
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Malin Pinsky for his NSF award to study how climate change and fishery practices will affect summer flounder and hake populations in the Northeast. Read about it here. Dr. Pinsky also won an NJ Sea Grant Award to study genetic monitoring to improve fish stock assessments.
RCI Affiliate Robert Kopp Receives NJ Sea Grant Award
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Robert Kopp for receiving a NJ Sea Grant Award to study the development of historically-calibrated sea level rise projections for risk management along the New Jersey Shore.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Paul Falkowski, of the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences for receiving a $1,394,073 National Science Foundation award for the project Ocean Acidification.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Alan Robock, winner of the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society which is granted to individuals in recognition of highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences. Congratulations also to Professor Robock on his $758,938 award as the principal investigator of the project, Decadal Prediction Following Volcanic Eruptions, supported by the National Science Foundation.
Congratulations to the following RCI Affiliates for their recent grant awards!
Ben Horton. Heterogenous rupture of great Cascadia earthquakes inferred from coastal subsidence estimates. NSF $129,503
Ben Horton, Microfossil, sedimentary and geochemical analyses of inferred tsunami deposits, Aceh Province, Indonesia. Earth Observatory of Singapore, $32,289
Paul Falkowski . Mechanisms of coral mineralization. NSF $1,393,973
Oscar Schofield. Climate driven impacts on marine ecology, biogeochemistry and carbon cycles of the WAP. WHOI $70,468
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Professor Enrique Curchitser, who was named the U.S. Academic Delegate to International Marine Science Organization. Read about Professor Curchitser and his appointment here.
Congratulations to RCI Co-director Professor Anthony Broccoli who in July 2014 became Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences.
Rutgers faculty and students on coastal geomorphology, climate change, and sea level rise:
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Michael Kennish, lead editor and a contributing author for a special issue of the journal Estuaries and Coasts. The special issue covers "Drivers of Change in Shallow Coastal Photic Systems."
RCI affiliate and Rutgers allergist Leonard Bielory, a researcher focused on the long-term effects of climate change on allergic airway disease, expects an increase in the release of tree pollen this spring, which may produce an intense pollen season for allergy sufferers. Read more about his work at the SEBS Newsroom and NorthJersey.com.
State climatologist and RCI affiliate Dave Robinson was interviewed about this year's winter conditions. How does this winter compare to past years? Listen here.
The jet-stream has increasingly taken a longer, meandering path, leading to weather that becomes "stuck" on an area for an extended period. According to RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis, this extreme weather in the middle latitudes could be due to a warming Arctic, but it's too soon to tell for certain. Read more here.
Listen to RCI Affiliate, Michael Kennish on flood threats in Bayside Communities.
"Anthony Broccoli, co-director of the Rutgers Climate Institute, said January was in the top 20 coldest months in over 100 years, but there have been colder winters." Read more here.
Bitter cold may kill off beetles tearing through Pine Barrens, but RCI affiliate and Geography professor David Robinson maintains that a long-term warming climate will make it more difficult to thwart the beetle. Read more here.
Jennifer Francis, RCI Affiliate and IMCS professor, discusses the polar vortex and how it relates to our weather patterns. Read more here.
Listen to what RU Students are saying about climate change.
RCI Affiliate Malin Pinsky, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, published a study connecting differences in climate velocity—the rate and direction that climate shifts across the landscape—to observed species shifts. Click here for more information.
A recent study by RCI Affiliate Yair Rosenthal, Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences, reconstructs Pacific Ocean heat content over the past 10,000 years, showing that intermediate waters of the Pacific Ocean are absorbing heat 15 times faster over the past 60 years than in the past 10,000. Read more here.
RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis co-authored a study linking Arctic sea ice to shifting weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere's mid-latitudes. Learn more about the emerging research on Arctic and mid-latitude linkages here.
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. Read the highlight in the Philadelphia Inquirer 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.
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