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.
Public Support for Policies to Reduce Risk After Hurricane SandyA new study led by Rutgers researchers analyzes a survey of New Jersey residents to estimate public support for seven building and zoning policies that protect coastal communities from storm and flooding risks. The study found that half of the respondents supported at least four of the seven risk-reducing policy alternatives, but obstacles to translating this public support into policy remain. Authors include RCI affiliates Robert Noland and Jeanne Herb, RCI Co-Director Anthony Broccoli, and RCI Associate Director Marjorie Kaplan. Lead author, Michael Greenberg, discusses the study with WHYY and the Huffington Post.
Oceans and Human Health: Anthropogenic Impacts on Coastal Communities and EcosystemsGordon Research Conference June 1-6, 2014 (applications due May 4, 2014: Details here)
Gordon Research Seminar May 31-June 1, 2014 (applications due May 3, 2104: Details here)
The seminar enables graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience to come together in a highly-stimulating and non-intimidating environment to discuss their current research and build informal networks with their peers. The seminars are organized by young investigators with the support of leading scientists from the associated GRC.
Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy
Save the Date!
On July 29–30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Biofuels USA will co-host the Office's seventh annual conference, Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy, planned to take place at the Washington Convention Center.
Don't miss this opportunity to participate in discussions about issues critical to the continued growth and success of the bioeconomy. More details, including registration information, will be coming soon on the Biomass 2014 Web page.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate, Professor Benjamin Horton who was awarded the 2014 Dennis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecture in Ocean Science by University of Southern Mississippi. You can read more about this here.
Congratulations to the following Rutgers faculty!
Cara Cuite (RCI affiliate), Karen O'Neill (RCI affiliate), William Hallman, David Robinson (RCI affiliate), Steven Decker (RCI affiliate), Christopher Obropta, and Rachael Shwom (RCI affiliate)
Their research project, "Best Practices in Coastal Storm Risk Communication," was selected to receive funding by NOAA Sea Grant's Coastal Storm Awareness Program. The project will survey coastal residents to empirically test the effectiveness of a range of message variables including personalization, storm probability formats and social media messaging. The survey will form a basis for a best practices guide to assist emergency managers.
Climate Change Resilience and Governance Summit at AAASPeople will respond in many ways as climate change stresses communities, natural systems, and economic systems. Activities to increase resilience will be enabled or impeded by our systems of governance: how collective decisions are made, interpreted, implemented, and challenged--who can do what to whom, and on whose authority. We are hosting a public summit June 5-6 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC, to explore these issues. Come join people engaged in finding creative solutions!
Registration required. Information at www.resiliencesummit.org
Climate Change and Regional Pine ForestsRead about the impact of climate change on the health of regional pine forests in this article, written by Ben Orlove of Columbia University.
Working Group III - IPCC 5th Assessment UpdateThe recently released Working Group III contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change details mitigation options to limit climate change to less than 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels, and the societal implications of these mitigation policies.
Read more about the report and its implications for climate policy at the New York Times.
SCRiM Summer Scholars 2014
The Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) links a transdisciplinary team of climate scientists, economists, philosophers, statisticians, engineers, and policy analysts to answer the question, "What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible strategies for managing the risks associated with climate change?"
The program runs for 9 weeks, starting 2 June 2014. Housing, travel support, and a stipend of $4500 is provided for all participants.
Internship Posting: Energy InternNew York City's Regional Plan Association is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic individual for the position of Energy Intern. The Intern will report to the Associate Planner for Energy and Environmental Programs and will work closely with a staff of interdisciplinary professionals. The intern will conduct quantitative analysis and policy research. Click here for more information.
Applications due on April 25, 2014