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.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Robert Kopp on receiving the James B. Macelwane Medal, in recognition for “significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding early career scientist.”
Oxford University Press releases Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect a new book by RCI Affiliate Emeritus Frank Fischer. Can contemporary democratic governments tackle climate crisis? Some argue that democracy has to be a central part of a strategy to deal with climate change. Others argue that experience shows it not to be up to the challenge in the time frame available-that it will require a stronger hand, even a form of eco-authoritarianism. A question that does not lend itself to an easy assessment, this volume seeks to out and assess the competing answers.
See attached flyer for Professor Alan Robock's Climate Modeling Course pdf here. (157 KB)
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Climate Change Policy in New Jersey: Advancing Opportunities to make New Jersey Safer, Greener, Healthier and More Prosperous
Hosted by the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Coach Barn at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ.
More information about the conference will be posted and a registration link will be available here in mid-July. Mindy Lubber, President and CEO of CERES (www.ceres.org) will be joining as a keynote speaker!
Rutgers Climate Institute Symposium
Theme: Climate Change and Cities
November 15, 2017
Livingston Student Center, 84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, New Jersey
This one-day symposium is intended to stimulate interaction and collaboration among the community of natural and social science researchers and university students interested in climate change who are from institutions in the greater NJ, NY and Philadelphia region. Over 200 attendees representing more than 20 research institutions in our region participate annually. Talks center on the symposium theme. The poster session invites abstracts on climate change scholarship and are not restricted to the theme. More information and registration will be coming.
New Video Available!
Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140 Science and Fiction: Envisioning our Region's Future Under Extreme Sea-Level Rise. Watch the award-winning and best-selling author Kim Stanley Robinson's April 2017 talk about his latest novel along with a panel of distinguished Rutgers faculty with expertise in climate science (Robert Kopp), urban planning (Clinton Andrews), urban agriculture (Laura Lawson), and the environmental humanities (Jorge Marcone) who discussed the novel and its vision. Watch here. More about this and other RCI events here.
Superstorm Sandy: Five Years Later Conference
Call for abstracts has passed.
Conference Dates: October 26-27, 2017
Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, Lyndhurst, NJ
Learn more here.
News in July 2017
An iceberg the size of the state of Delaware has broken off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica, as reported by the New York Times. A rift between the ice shelf and the iceberg has been forming for years, finally growing enough to separate the two this past week. While some climate scientists suggest climate change and warming temperatures had a role, natural variability plays a large role in this region. Icebergs have been breaking off of ice shelfs for as long as Antarctica has had ice. However, as warming continues, the calving of these icebergs may become more frequent.
New research bolsters the theory that Arctic warming can cause cold outbreaks during the winter over North America, as reported in the Washington Post. RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis, who did not participate in the research, says the study adds to the growing evidence that there are many indirect effects to the melting of the Arctic.
The Rutgers Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science (GPAS) held a symposium to commemorate its 10th anniversary this past May (2017). The symposium featured a keynote address by atmospheric chemist Arlene Fiore of Columbia University as well as talks by GPAS alumni Paul Loikith and Ben Kravitz. RCI affiliate Benjamin Lintner is the director of the GPAS. Since 2008, the program has graduated 17 doctoral students and five students at the master’s level.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Dan Van Abs, Jr. who received the 2017 Sustainable Raritan Leadership Award for his long history of Raritan River protection during his career in both academia, the public and non-profit sectors.
RCI affiliate Robert Kopp is a co-author of an article in Science magazine on calculating the economic damage from climate change. The authors estimated the economic value of damage of projected climate change across. multiple U.S. sectors finding that damage increases quadratically in global mean temperature, costing human society about 1.2% of GDP per 1 degree Celsius increase on average. Notably, risk is distributed unequally, with a large transfer of value north and west. Dividing the US into a number of regions hasn’t been done before, according to Kopp in the NY Times. This method of exploring the issue highlights the story of an enormous transfer of wealth between states.
RCI affiliate Robert Kopp comments in the Washington Post regarding recent sea-level rise research, in regard to increased confidence in estimates of sea level rise, including the increasing rate of rise.
RCI affiliates Lisa Auermuller and Ben Horton appeared on New York’s Fox 5 News to talk about back bay flooding in and around the NYC area. Backbays are between the barrier island and an inland area, according to Lisa Auermuller. Ben Horton also discusses the complications involved in adapting to flooding and developing further solutions to the problem.
RCI affiliate Alan Robock is mentioned in a Forbes article about seeding clouds to alter the radiative balance of the earth in order to counteract global warming and its numerous negative impacts. However, risks such as ozone depletion, continued ocean acidification, and disruption to monsoons may be bad enough to warrant not taking such measures.
RCI affiliate Bob Kopp is quoted in Inside Climate News on the relevance of climate change to the ongoing heat wave in the southwestern US.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a publication titled “An Assessment of ARPA-E”. The ARPA-E is the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, which has funded research into tackling US energy issues and engineering.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has published “Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative”. This publication focuses on the need to enhance resilience to natural disasters through proactive approaches that can help to reduce the impacts of disasters on the nation.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, Short Courses and Seminars
UPDATE TO AGU FALL MEETING: AGU Fall Meeting will be held from December 11-15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Complete details about AGU's Fall meeting here. The following sessions are calling for abstracts: The Surface Energy Budget: Influences on Spatiotemporal Magnitude and Variability, Hot Droughts and Hotter Extremes: Investigating Changes in Extreme Events in Hydrology, Aquatic Biogeochemistry, and Ecosystems; Recent Advances & Future Directions in Data-Model Integration: Approaches for Improving Predictive Understanding in the Biogeosciences; Stochastic Modeling of the Hydrosphere and Biosphere; Land-Atmosphere Interactions and Biosphere-Boundary Layer Feedbacks; Advances in Understanding Land-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Environment; Quantifying and attributing climate change impacts across sectors. Abstract submission deadline July 26, 2017; final deadline August 2, 2017.
SISC Fifth Annual Conference, Climate action in support of the Paris Agreement will be held from October 26-27, 2017 at the Conference Center of CNR Bologna Research Area, Italy. Abstract submission deadline July 30, 2017. More information here.
Build4Scale Manufacturing Pilot Training Program for Clean Tech Entrepreneurs. Rutgers EcoIgnite, a Clean Energy Business Incubator and Accelerator Program, is offering free training for Clean Tech Entrepreneurs. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Texas A&M University are collaborating to provide "Clean Tech Entrepreneurs" with the training and tools they need to identify and address manufacturing challenges early in the development process. Training is part of the USDOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Build4Scale Program. Wednesday, August 2, 2017. 8:00AM. Sponsored by Rutgers Energy Institute. Register by July 21st. More information here.
UNESCO - Caribbean Climate Conference will be held from September 27-29, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. More information here.
AGU Fall Meeting will be held from December 11-15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Submit to The Surface Energy Budget: Influences on Spatiotemporal Magnitude and Variability session here. Complete details about AGU's Fall meeting here.
A joint session of the 10th Symposium on Aerosol Cloud Climate Interactions and the 20th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry will be held from January 7-11, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Submission deadline August 1, 2017. More information here.
The 6th International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD6) will take place at the Sde Boqer campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, on from November 6-9, 2017. More information here.
International workshop: The Rise and Fall: Environmental Factors in the Socio-Cultural Changes of the Ancient Silk Road Area will be held from September 28-29, 2017 at Kiel University, Germany. The workshop especially encourages junior researchers (PhD students and postdocs) to participate. More information here.
The 7th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations will be held from July 18-20, 2017 at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, USA. More information here.
Apply for the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. Applicants must have been awarded their doctoral degree in 2015 or 2016. The topic of an entrant's thesis must be in one of 4 categories: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Ecology and Environment, Translational Medicine. Grand prize winner will receive a prize of US$30,000; each of the three category winners will receive US$10,000. The grand prize winning essay will be published in Science and essays from the three category winners will be published online. More information and apply here.
6th International Workshop on Clumped Isotopes will be held in Paris, France from August 10-12, 2017. More information here.
The Second World Symposium on Climate Change Communication on “Addressing the Challenges in Communicating Climate Change Across various Audiences", to be held in Graz, Austria, from February 7-9, 2018. Abstract submission deadline July 30, 2017. Apply 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.
Introductory e-Course on Climate Change and REDD+ Academy e-Course available through the United Nations New Climate Change E-Learn Platform. More information here.
Northeast Regional Climate Hub Pilots Discussion Groups for Climate Adaptation hosted by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and the Climate Learning Network. Sign up here.
30th Conference on Climate Variability and Change, 24th Conference on Probability and Statistics, and 16th Conference on Artificial Intelligence will be held from July 28-29, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. More information here.
Graduate students (Masters/Msc and Doctoral/PhD) and Early Career Scientist July Course opportunity: São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Change: Scientific basis, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation. 3-15, July 2017, São Paulo, Brazil. Some travel grants available. More information here.
The Conference on Climate Impacts on Glaciers and Biosphere in Fuego-Patagonia will be held from July 14-19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. More information here.
Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics (PAIS) Conference 2017 will be held from September 10-15, 2017 in Trieste, Italy. More information and register here.
The summer school on 'Urban Climate Change Challenge: Monitoring, Assessment & Adaptation' aims to provide structured information, skill development and capacity building related to climate change challenges in urban areas, with a primary focus of creating an active pool of young scientists that tackle the major sustainability challenges facing future generations. It will be held from August 21-26, 2017 in Bucharest. Romania. nationalMore information here.
The Cities and Climate Conference 2017 will be held from September 19-21, 2017 in Potsdam, Germany. More information here.
2017 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry will be held from Denver Marriot City Center in Denver, Colorado from August 15-18, 2017. More information here.
Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy will be held from August 3-16, 2017. Senior-level undergraduates (as of the fall of 2017), graduate students, and professionals working in the fields of sustainability and energy who are living, working, or studying in the United States are eligible to apply. More information here.
Gordon Research Conference on Radiation Management Climate Engineering: Technology, Modeling, Efficacy, and Risks will be held from July 23- 28, 2017 in Newry, ME. More information here.
21st Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics 19th Conference on Middle Atmosphere will be held from June 26-30, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. Registration opened on April 10, 2017. More information here.
The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) based at the University of Cape Town will be running its annual course: Winter School: Using climate information for adaptation and policy development, from July 24-28, 2017. More information and apply 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. Submit here. More information here.
17th Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological Society for Applied Meteorology and Climatology will be held from September 4-8, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. More information here.
Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) will be held from September 18-19, 2017 at Columbia University in New York City. 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. Submit an abstract here.
2017 Conference on Econometric Models of Climate Change will be held from September 4-5, 2017 at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. More information here.
Meadowlands Conference, Superstorm Sandy: Five Years Later, will be held from October 26- 17, 2017 in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. 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.
Transportation Research Board co-sponsoring GEoMEast International Conference "Sustainable Civil Infrastructures: Innovative Infrastructure Geotechnology" on July 15-19, 2017 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The conference will showcase innovative technologies on design, construction, and rehabilitation of transportation infrastructures under severe weather and climate change. More information here.
Good Hope for Earth Sciences Conference will be held from August 27- September 1, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. More information here.
The International Congress of Biometeorology will be held from September 3-7, 2017 in Durham, United Kingdom. More information here.
Arctic Terrestrial Modelling Workshop will be held from September 14-15, 2017 at the University of Oxford. More information here.
Climate Risk Analysis is giving a Short Course in Climate Extremes Analysis in Bad Gandersheim, Germany, from September 19- 22, 2017. Registration deadline September 8, 2017. More information here.
Navigating the Waters of Change Conference hosted by the New Jersey Association of Floodplain Management will be held from October 24-26, 2017 at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Watch for information here.
Keeping History Above Water, 2017 Conference will be held from October 29 - November 1, 2017 in Annapolis, MD. More information here.
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. More information here.
11th Graduate Climate Conference, hosted by MIT's Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will be held from November 10-12, 2017 in Cape Cod, MA. Application will open at the end of April and abstract deadline will be in June. More information here.
Six federal agencies have announced a Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge seeking an accurate, lower-cost, and low-maintenance air quality monitoring system that can be used during a wildfire or controlled fire. The data provided by the sensor system will help federal, state, local and tribal agencies protect the health of first responders and communities affected by the smoke. The Challenge total award pool is $60,000, which may be awarded in total to one winner if all the requirements are met, or divided into several partial awards. Written submissions are due by November 22, 2017 and prototypes must be submitted by January 5, 2018. More information here.
Polar 2018 will take place in Davos, Switzerland from June 15-27, 2018. More information here.
Jobs, Internships & Funding Opportunities
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Postdoctorate Research Fellow Position available to join the climate research team at the Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University. Application deadline August 7, 2017. More information here.
Postdoctoral Associate Position available in land surface and hydrological modeling at the University of Maryland’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center. If interested, email CV with three professional references and a detailed cover letter to anegre(at)essic.umd.edu. (Posted July 10, 2017)
Postdoctoral Position available within the research cluster predicting current and future human risk from infection with vector- borne pathogens in the Northeast and the US at the University of Albany, SUNY in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. For more information and to apply email oelisontimm(at)albany.edu. (posted July 10, 2017)
Postdoctoral Position available in ice sheet modelling at Hokkaido University’s Institute of Low Temperature Science in Sapparo, Japan. Application review will begin July 20, 2017. More information here.
Postdoctoral Scientist/ Research Scientist position available for Copernicus atmosphere monitoring service and global & regional posteriori validation with a specific focus on Arctic and Mediterranean areas at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany. Initial application cutoff July 24, 2017. More information here.
PhD positions available in interdisciplinary climate research at the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling in Hamburg, Germany. Application deadline September 15, 2017. More information email office.imprs(at)mpimet.mpg.de.
The Climate Engagement Program at UC Santa Cruz seeks to train and support graduate students from diverse backgrounds undertaking climate change related research to effectively engage with broad audiences. Application deadline July 15, 2017. More information and apply here.
Postdoctoral/Lecturer Position available to work in the Climate Lab of the Institute at the University of Bremen. More information here. [posted June 26, 2017].
Postdoctoral Position available on drought monitoring using remote sensing and land surface modeling at Colombia University. Email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and information of three references to pg2328(at)columbia.edu. [June 26, 2017]
2 PhD positions available on the evolution of Earth’s ice sheets and land based climate mitigation, combining multi- data sources to assess potential contribution to the Paris Climate Agreement at the University of Bristol, UK. More information and apply here. [posted June 26, 2017]
Research Engineering & Post-Doctoral Opportunities available to join the Earth Sciences Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain. More information here or email emanuele.zanchi(at)bsc.es. [posted June 26, 2017]
Ocean Research Scientist Position available in physical oceanography or related sciences at the Atmospheric and Environmental Research, INC. More information and apply here. [posted June 26, 2017]
Postdoctoral Researcher position available for the operation and development of new methods for automated forecasting and decision support systems for meteorologists as well as for their training at MeteoSwiss in Switzerland. Submit online application here. [posted June 19, 2017]
Applied Climatologist/ High Plains Regional Climate Center Director position available at the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Application review will begin August 1, 2017. More information and apply here.
Climate Signals Media Manager position available with Climate Nexus, a strategic communications non-profit dedicated to changing the conversation on climate change and clean energy in New York, New York. More information here.
The NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Limited graduate level awards are available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Application deadline August 1, 2017. Apply here.
A workshop with the theme of “Deconstructing Participatory Climate Governance: Innovation or Business as Usual”, will be held at Science Po Bordeaux in France from October 26- October 27, 2017. More information here.
Fish and Wildlife Service funding total of $14 million for the Coastal Program provide direct technical assistance and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects should specify benefits for species and habitats considering the expected effects of climate change. FWS will favor conservation activities and projects that incorporate ecosystem adaptation and help coastal ecosystems and communities adapt to the effects of sea level rise and greenhouse gases. Application deadline September 30, 2017. More information here.
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.
Postdoctoral Position available in satellite based data assimilation for soil moisture estimation at KU Leuven, Belgium. Apply here.
Visiting Scientist Software Engineer/ Programmer Position available to focus on development of an experimental service for disseminating observational and short-range oceanographic forecast guidance in a format usable by electronic navigation systems for testing by commercial partners at the NOAA Office of Coast Survey in Silver Spring, Maryland. Email application and further questions to cpaess-apply(at)ucar.edu.
Post-Doctoral Position available for the Representation of the convective boundary-layer dynamics: use of an automatic tuning tool in the 1D/LES framework to improve parameterizations at the CNRM in France. For more information email fleur.couvreux(at)meteo.fr.
Fish and Wildlife Service announced funding of a total of $14 million to provide direct technical assistance and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Application deadline for Coastal Program is September 30, 2017. More information here.
Academic Service Opportunities