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.
Carbon Shock: How Climate Change is Reshaping Geopolitics and Changing the Cost of Everything February 3, 2015. 7 PM. Public Lecture and Book Signing by Mark Schapiro
A public lecture, sponsored by the Rutgers Climate Institute, Office of the Cook Campus Dean, Rutgers Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Association, Rutgers Oceanography Graduate Student Association, Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment, and Students For Environmental Awareness, will be held Tuesday evening February 3, 2015 at 7 pm in the Cook Student Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ. Registration is strongly encouraged.
Journalist Mark Schapiro will discuss his investigation into the economic disruption caused by climate change researching questions about how to establish a price for carbon exploring the axis points of economic change, shifting economic and political landscapes, and new understandings of financial risk, and demonstrating the costs of carbon in our everyday lives. Schapiro's reporting has been featured in Newsweek, Harpers, The Atlantic, Yale 360, Frontline, and Marketplace among other print and broadcast media. Complete details about the event and a link to registration can be found here.
News in January 2015
RCI Co-director Anthony Broccoli was interviewed by NBC News New York as a part of a story on how a pattern of more frequent warm weather years affects ocean life. Watch it here.
The year 2014 was the warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces since records began in 1880, according to separate data analyses conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. Read about it in the New York Times here.
RCI Affiliate Malin Pinsky is co-author of a recent study published in Science, “Marine defaunation: Animal loss in the global ocean” comparing rates of marine extinctions to terrestrial extinctions, including spatial patterns and vulnerability. Read about the report and its findings in this New York Times article.
Stanford researchers believe that the social cost of carbon pollution per ton is more than the U.S. government currently estimates. The study, published in Nature Climate Change, finds that climate change could affect the economy over time, creating a larger overall cost. More about the study in Scientific American here.
RCI Affiliate Robert Kopp is co-author of an analysis published in Nature, that uses advanced statistical techniques to reconcile the gap between tide gauge measurements and scientific estimates of the various factors that contribute to sea level rise, providing scientists with more precision in how to predict future sea level rise. Read more about the findings in this New York Times article.
Read NJ Spotlight Special Edition year in review coverage featuring June’s “Duke Dialogues”, a conversation about climate change in New Jersey. The conversation featured RCI’s co-directors Dr. Anthony Broccoli and Dr. Robin Leichenko. Watch the video and read the article here.
Rebuild by Design hearings and public comment period. Rebuild by Design was conceived to respond to Superstorm Sandy’s devastation. Public hearings in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will help shape the resiliency plans in the tri-state area for the future. Click here for more information and dates for the hearings and comment periods.
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 December 2014
Climate change may be affecting the shift of some North American fish and crustaceans northward along the east and west coasts. Research by RCI Affiliate Malin Pinsky examines what is happening. Read more about it here, and here. You can also link to the OceanAdapt websitethat Dr. Pinsky and colleagues have developed on behalf of NOAA National Marine Fisheries to provide information about the impacts of changing climate and other factors on the distribution of marine life to the National Climate Assessment, fisheries communities, policymakers here.
RCI Affiliate Robert Kopp was featured in a Rutgers News article that spotlights his research and contributions to Rutgers. Read about him here.
The December 14, 2014 climate accord agreement reached in Lima, Peru, would be a breakthrough in 20 years of efforts by the United Nations to create a serious global warming accord. Each of the 200 countries that are included in the agreement will enact laws to reduce emissions of carbon and put forth a plan for how to do so by June of 2015. These plans will form the basis for a new agreement expected to be signed at the U.N. Climate Talks in Paris in November-December 2015. The accord falls short of what scientists say is needed. Read more about it in the New York Times here.
The Rauschenberg Foundation has created the Climate Change Solutions Fund to provide resources for non-profits working to mitigate the causes of climate change or adapt to the new physical and social environments. More information and link to RFP here.
RCI Affiliate Alan Robock was quoted in a CBS News article and a 13wmaz article discussing research that volcanoes may impact climate change and help partially explain what has been driving climate change over the past 15 years. Read more news about Dr. Robock's work here and here.
A partnership of U.S. federal agencies led by NOAA released the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit to provide tools, information, and scientific expertise to help communities and businesses build resilience to climate-related impacts and extreme events.
EPA’s new online training for AVERT is a free tool designed to estimate the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, and Seminars
Climate Change and Poverty Conference. February 9-10, 2015 World Bank Group Headquarters, Washington, D.C. More information here.
The Equitable Development Workshop is approved for 4.5 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits. The workshop takes place on January 29, 2015. More information and registration here.
Call for Papers: "Climate Data in the Great Lakes: Exploring Integration and Cooperation in a Bi-National Region" at the Joint Assembly of AGU in Montreal, Canada. Session is May 3-7, 2015. Deadline: January 14, 2015. Click here for more information.
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s 2015 Waterfront Conference. Propose a presentation. Please submit your proposal here. Deadline for proposals January 12, 2015. Email info (at) waterfrontalliance.org for more information. Conference is on May 7, 2015.
Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy course through Coursera and University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. Course starts January 12, 2015 and is free and open to all. Click here for more information and to register.
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.
Call for posters for the NCSE’s National Conference and Global Forum: Energy and Climate Change January 27-29, 2014 in Washington D.C. Submit a proposal by November 21, 2014 here. For more information about the conference, clickhere.Register by November 21, 2014.
Spring 2015 Rutgers graduate level course ‘Assessing and Governing Long-term Risks’ co-taught by Professors Robert Kopp and Rachael Schwom. For more information click here.
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly June 22- July 2, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. Abstracts due January 31, 2015. This symposium will focus on the current state of polar-focused weather, regional, and global climate modeling and observational efforts aimed at improving polar models. For more information and registration, click here.
2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers and Symposium on Physical Geography and the Future of Physical Geography. Chicago, Illinois April 23-24, 2015 Proposals due by November 5, 2014. More information here. Direct questions to Carol Harden charden(at)utk.edu.
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.
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.
Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia offered through Lund University and Coursera. The course starts in January 2015 and is free. To register, clickhere.
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.
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.
Jobs, Internships & Funding Opportunities
Click here for more information on Fellowships and Internships.
Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) seeks a postdoctoral candidate to support the activities in atmospheric correction for hyperspectral ocean color remote sensing. PhD required. Application due ASAP. Click for application.
Graduate Positions in Atmospheric Science at Indiana University Bloomington. Masters or PhD students would work on tropical cyclone modeling, global climate modeling, and atmospheric remote sensing. Apply to the university by March 16 and more information about the research and the contacts for the grad positions here.
Assistant Professor position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in climate change and environment. Deadine March 15, 2015. More info here.
Science Planning Specialist at Partnership for Delaware Estuary. More information here. Deadline February 16, 2015.
Habitat Protection Specialist at the Partnership for Delaware Estuary. More information here. Deadline February 16, 2015.
Science Intern at the Partnership for Delaware Estuary. Bachelor’s or graduate degree required. More information here. Deadline February 16, 2015.
Joseph L. Fisher Dissertation Fellowship for dissertation research on the environment, energy, or natural resources. Deadline February 20, 2015. Click here for more information.
James J. Gallagher Family Fellowship Summer 2015 applications being accepted by February 16, 2015. The fellowship provides two Rutgers University graduate students with the opportunity for summer employment to undertake projects to help advance the mission and objectives of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA). Application information here.
Helen Fellowship for teaching and research at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Deadline March 1, 2015. More information and application here.
Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for high-risk, transformational energy research and development (R&D) projects for transportation and stationary applications. Deadline February 20, 2015. Click for more information.
REI Graduate Student and Post-doctoral positions as early as Spring 2015 for third year graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows working on critical aspects of energy research. Click here for more information. Deadline rolling.
Resiliency Manager at the Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey. Deadline ASAP.
Climate Adaptation and Resilience Specialist need. Work with the National Wildlife Federation to apply new and emerging approaches to climate change adaptation for ecosystem and biodiversity conservation, and in a Hurricane Sandy resilience project with New Jersey. Deadline ASAP.
Public, private, nonprofit, and academic organizations are welcome to apply to the American Society for Adaption Professionals (ASAP) Prize which is meant to improve professional practice in climate adaptation by highlighting practices of leading U.S. communities and organizations who have decreased vulnerability of natural/human systems to extreme weather events and climate change. Deadline January 23, 2015. Click here for application and more information.
NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP) Summer Colloquium, July 6-17, 2015. For graduate students from both Atmospheric Science and Solar & Space Physics programs to study the interrelated subjects of terrestrial and space climate. Funding for travel and living expenses available. Click here to apply.
ARPA-E Funding Opportunity Announcement to support the development of potentially disruptive new technologies in areas of energy research and development, for both transportation and stationary applications. Deadline February 20, 2015. Click here to apply and for more information.
U.S. Department of Agriculture fellowships available for future agricultural scientists. There are pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, and for the first time, undergraduate fellowships that aim to solve current and future agriculture challenges. Applications due February 11, 2015. More information here.
Scholarships available for Building One New Jersey and Together North Jersey’s Leadership Institute, which takes place weekends in January and February. For more information about scholarships email Miriam.salerno (at) ejb.rutgers.edu. You can find the application here.
National Park Service Climate Change Response Program and the University of Washington have paid climate change summer internship positions in national parks. Open to upper-level undergraduates and graduates. Deadline January 30, 2015. Click here for more info and to apply.
Postgraduate level researcher needed to measure the co-benefits of energy efficiency for the Center for Climate Change and the Central European University. Position starts in March 2015 and goes for three years. MA or PhD in economics preferred. Apply by January 15, 2015. For more info email egyed.monika (at) abud.hu
Ph.D. Fellowships at the State University of New York at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. Deadline February 15, 2015. Applicants should apply to the program and then send a letter requesting fellowship consideration to ASRC Graduate Fellowship Committee, c/o Dr. Kara Sulia ksulia(at)albany.edu
EPA Environmental Education Grant funding opportunity for environmental education capacity building, advancement, community projects, human health and environment, teaching skills, and career development due February 2, 2015. More information here.
RESTORE Act Science Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants for $200,000-400,000 Proposals due March 17, 2015. Click herefor more information.
Associate Professor Position, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Application due January 31, 2015. Click here for more info.
Science Writer position with I.M. Systems Group to support NOAA’s National Satellite and Information Service. Silver Spring, MD. Application due ASAP. More info here.
Drawdown Fellowship Program for current master’s and PhD candidates and those who hold such a degree already working on pragmatic solutions to the climate crisis. Application deadlines are as follows:
Round 1 - 12/12/2014
Round 2 - 01/10/2015 (All junior fellowships applications)
Round 3 - 02/15/2015 (All research fellowship applications)
Valuation Economist, I.M. Systems Group Inc., a contractor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Silver Spring, MD. More information and to apply click here. Open until filled.
Assistant or Associate Professor in Geography tenure-track/tenure appointment beginning Fall 2015, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Applications due January 14, 2015. More info here.
Summer 2015 Undergraduate fellowships in atmospheric modeling North Carolina A&T State University. Apply by April 1, 2015. More information and application here.Assistant Professor of Climate Change Policy at University of California, Davis. Apply by January 9, 2015 to ensure full consideration.
Ph.D. Student Position at Rutgers University in modeling of the climate response to volcanic eruptions. Apply by January 15, 2015. More details and application here.
EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. The funding will focus on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and community climate resiliency efforts. Application due January 9, 2015. More information here.
Postdoctoral Scientist Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research. Females strongly encouraged to apply. Send application including CV and 2 references to Dr. Kerstin Schepanski to schepanski (at) tropos.de by December 20, 2014.
Graduate Student Positions for climate change research at Simon Fraser University. Open to students of all scientific backgrounds. Application due December 5, 2014. Send CV, personal statement including research experience and future research interests, informal transcripts, and contact information (email and phone) of 3 references to Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld kzickfel (at) sfu.ca. Also apply by January 22, 2015 for the graduate program here.
Coastal Community Resilience and Climate Adaptation Specialist position with the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute. Deadline to be announced. More information here.
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program accepting funding applications from public or private entities. Webinar for potential applicants November 18, 2014. Application deadline February 2, 2014.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) environmental health internship for undergraduates. Application deadline February 11, 2015. More information here.
New Jersey Future seeks an entry level Planning and Policy Associate with an emphasis on its Urban Waters Initiative. More information here.
Columbia University and The Earth Institute Dean's Environmental Science and Policy Fellowship. Full tuition grant in the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Apply by January 15, 2015. For more information and how to apply click here.
Postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric physics at Environmental Physics Laboratory (EphysLab) at the Universidade de Vigo. Position is open starting immediately. Click here for more information.
Scientific Programmer in Climate Modeling at Center for Climate Systems Modeling in Zurich to start in January 2015. Applications are under review immediately. Click here for more information.
Newcastle University seeks three research assistants to help understand the nature and drivers of global precipitation extremes and change on societally relevant timescales. Applications due as soon as possible. Click herefor more information. .
CSIRO's Office of the Chief Executive in Australia has postdoctoral fellowships to study tropic variability in global warming. Open until filled. More information here.
University of Auckland, New Zealand PhD fellow opening to investigate tropical atmospheric variability on diurnal to intraseasonal scales. Applicants need to meet the requirements of the PhD program.For information about applying, contact Gilles Bellon at gilles.bellon (at) auckland.ac.nz.
Arctic Fluxes Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Apply here. Deadline to be announced.
Postdoctoral fellow at Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. Apply here. Deadline to be announced.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Benjamin P. Horton, who was recently awarded the 2014 Voyager Award by the Ocean Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Paul Falkowski on his newest book Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable, about the biochemical lifting for every living organism on Earth.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Enrique Curchitser on his grant from NSF for $800,000 on regional and decadal predictions of coupled climate-human systems.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Oscar Schofield on his grant from Columbia University for $106,750 to study land and-shelf-ocean connectivity, ecosystems resilience and transformation.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Malin Pinsky on a NJ Sea Grant for $68,875 for genetic monitoring to improve fish stock assessments.
December 2014. Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Ann Marie Carlton on her appointment to a newly established ad hoc National Research Council committee on the future of atmospheric chemistry. More information here.
December 2014. Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Robert Kopp who was named a 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellow for his work in environmental decision making.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Rich Lutz who was selected to receive the 2015 prestigious NOGI award in Sciences from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Shantenu Jha, principal investigator of an award for $499,916 for a project titled Radical Cybertools: Simple, Scalable and Sustainable Tools for Science, supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jha here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Patricia Findley, for an award totaling $88,080. The project, titled Sandy: The New Jersey Behavioral Health Response, is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More about Professor Findley here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Enrique Curchitser who received an $800,000 National Science Foundation award for a project titled Regional Decadal Predictions of Coupled Climate-Human. Learn more about Professor Curchitser here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Mark Robson for receiving the New Jersey Public Health Award! Read more about Professor Robson’s accomplishment here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Tom Rudel for winning the 2014 Gerald L. Young Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology. Read more about Professor Rudel's book and the award here.
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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