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News in January 2018
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has appointed a new Advisory Committee for the Climate Communications Initiative (CCI), aimed at enabling its work on climate science, impacts, and response options to inform decision makers and the public. RCI affiliate Bill Hallman is a member of this new committee.
Increased transport of warm ocean air is responsible for mountain peaks in Alaska gaining snow while the state continues to warm at a rapid pace, according to the Washington Post. RCI affiliate David Robinson, who is an expert on snow cover, describes this as the work of natural and anthropogenic influences combining to create an unlikely result in a warming world.
The National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering has released Coastal Blue Carbon Approaches for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration a workshop proceedings on carbon dioxide removal techniques. The benefits and risks of different methods of carbon sequestration such as coastal and land ecosystem management, accelerated weathering, bioenergy with carbon capture, direct air capture, and geologic sequestration are discussed in detail.
RCI affiliate Enrique Curchitser participated on the scientific panel on Climate Variability and Change that deliberated in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine decadal survey on the future priorities of space-based earth operations. Building on the first survey published in 2007, this report Thriving on Our Changing Planet identifies reducing the most important research priorities as climate uncertainty, improving weather forecasts, and understanding sea level rise.
NOAA released their 12th annual Arctic Report Card, a peer-reviewed report providing information on the Arctic and comparing current observations with long-term records. The report is intended for decision-makers at local, state, and federal levels. The report explains how warming in the Arctic is negatively affecting eastern Bering Sea fisheries, damaging infrastructure, and increasing the number of wildfires.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Robert Kopp Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of Rutgers’ Institute of Earth, Oceans, and Atmospheric Sciences, who has been awarded the prestigious James B. Macelwane Medal at this years American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Honors Ceremony, held on 13 December 2017 in New Orleans, La. The medal is for “significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding early career scientist.” Professor Kopp, discusses the impact of an unstable West Antarctic ice sheet on future sea level rise projections. Less severe projections are around 2 feet while more severe projections are around 6 feet, which would inundate the homes of more than 150 million worldwide.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released the report Migration, Agriculture, and Climate Change: reducing vulnerabilities and enhancing resilience. Migration can be an adaptation strategy to climate change, but poorly managed migration can increase vulnerability to climate risks. Addressing challenges to migration under climate change is vital, especially for less developed countries. Additionally, FAO has released these additional reports: Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2017, Social Protection, Emergency Response, Resilience, and Climate Change, Save Food for a Better Climate.
CDC has released a Death Scene Investigation after Natural Disasters or other Weather -Related Events for public health surveillance during disasters including guidance on death scene investigations after weather-related events such as heat waves and hurricanes.
The EPA’s Heat Island Reduction Program has come out with a new webpage that provides a simple decision framework for designing an assessment of a city’s heat island effect. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report titled Sustaining Ocean Observations to Understand Future Changes in Earth's Climate which describes the critical role that ocean observations play in understanding long-term climate change and variability.
The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance has developed an infographic to explain NJ's climate change impacts, greenhouse gas emissions sources, status on emissions reductions, progress to meeting state goals, and policy options available to New Jersey. This infographic is based on the report An Examination of Policy Options for Achieving Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in New Jersey.
In addition, the Alliance has posted the video: There are benefits to addressing climate change beyond reducing greenhouse gases.
The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Climate Change and Public Health Working Group has released the final New Jersey Climate and Health Profile Report. Read the December 2017 final report here.
A video on Climate Change and Public Health Implications for New Jersey can be found here.
A video on NJ Populations Vulnerable to Climate Change can be found here.
A video on Climate Change and Flood Risk for NJ’s Senior Citizens is available here.
Congratulations to RCI Affiliate Jeanne Herb and RCI Associate Director Marjorie Kaplan on receiving the 2017 Public Health Advocates of the Year Award by the New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association. Herb and Kaplan are co-facilitators of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance and through their work with the Alliance they were recognized for their outstanding contribution to public health in New Jersey.
Spring Semester 2018 Course: Communicating Science with Decision-makers
34:970:655:01: 3 credit graduate level course to help students in the sciences be more effective in building bridges between science, decision-makers and stakeholders. Tuesdays from 6:10-8:40 PM. Complete details here.
New Course: Communicating & Teaching Climate Science (11:300:340). The objective of the course is to improve student’s science communication skills and how to effectively use scientific data in their communication and teaching practice with the ultimate goal of improving climate literacy of public (non-scientist) audiences. Students will engage in activities and discussions around climate science while using data in authentic and locally relevant ways, all based on how people learn. This course is offered through the SEBS Program in Science Learning and as an elective for the Science Communication minor. More information here.
State Department Publication Features Rutgers Polar Research!
Rutgers representatives working at the US Naval Arctic Research Laboratory, Point Barrow, Alaska, 1957. Left to right: Professor John Tedrow, William Gillis ‘55, Professor Russell Alderfer, John Cantlon ‘50, James Drew ‘52, Nathan Perselay ‘23, graduate student Lowell Douglass, Jerry Brown ‘58, with Ambercrombie the mascot. (Photo credit: Jerry Brown)
During the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (April 2015- May 2017), the State Department created a blog post series on the relationship of each state to the Arctic, which culminated in the book Our Arctic Nation, published in 2017. The chapter on New Jersey features the research of several Rutgers faculty including Professor Jennifer Francis (Marine and Coastal Sciences), Professor Åsa Rennermalm (Geography), Professor David Robinson (Geography), and Professor Hal Salzman (E.J. Bloustein School) as well as several Rutgers graduate students and discusses the long history of polar research at Rutgers.
You can view the book here.
Read the more in-depth original blog post Putting New Jersey on the Arctic Map: Rutgers Univeristy and The Garden State’s Arctic Connections which was published February 19, 2016 .
See RCI Affiliate Professor Åsa K Rennermalm in Greenland discussing her research on how the Greenland Ice Sheet is melting and how fast the meltwater reaches the ocean and affects sea levels. Learn more about Professor Rennermalm’s work here and here.
Professor Rennermalm’s graduate student Rohi Muthyala studies how melting water cuts channels in the ice sheet and how those channels and the constant thawing and refreezing of the ice sheet’s surface affect the flow of water at the mouth of a river.
Read more about Rohi Muthyala’s work here.
Professor Rennermalm’s student Sasha Leidman is studying supraglacial streams of meltwater that form on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet and become more pervasive as the climate warms to understand how the streams absorb sunlight and the degree to which that can contribute to increased melting of the ice sheet.
Read more about Sasha Leidman here.
New Report on Climate Mitigation for New Jersey Available
An Examination of Policy Options for Achieving Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction in New Jersey has been released as a collaboration among research staff from The Georgetown Climate Center, Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and World Resources Institute. Support for the report was provided by The Fund for New Jersey and the Energy Foundation. This report explores policy options for the State of New Jersey in advancing statutory limits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more and access the report here.
The report is featured in NJ Spotlight, and in an op-ed by former NJ Governors James Florio and Thomas Kean NJ's Next Gov Can Make a real Difference on Climate Change . More coverage of the report includes its being cited by other state leaders who joined with the former Governors in recommendations for the next governor of NJ to address climate change.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, Short Courses and Seminars
Call for Proposals for presentations and workshops (advocates, researchers, desginers and practitioners) and student posters. Design, Justice & Zero Waste Conference hosted by the Tishman Environment & Design Center at The New School and GAIA will be held from May 8-9, 2018. Proposal submission deadline January 19, 2018. More information and register here.
GFDL Poster Expo. Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM. NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Registration closes Wednesday January 10 2018 at 5pm or when the first 30 posters are received. Due to space limitations, GFDL is limited to 30 posters. Poster submissions can only be accepted with either first author or at least one co-author affiliated with GFDL/AOS/CICS. You may submit a new or existing poster, but cannot resubmit a poster presented at previous GFDL Poster Expo events. Complete details here.
Climate Risk Analysis is giving a Basic Course in Climate Time Series Analysis in Heckenbeck, Bad Gandersheim, Germany, from February 19-23, 2018. Early bird registration deadline December 29, 2017. Regular deadline February 9, 2018. More information here.
Registration is now open for a free massive open online course on Introduction to Resilience for Development, developed by the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Pronatura, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) and the partners of the NBSAP Forum. The course is hosted by The Nature Conservancy on its Conservation Training website. Part One of the course will be conducted from October 31- November 27, 2017 and Part Two from January 23- February 13, 2018 in English, French and Spanish. More information here.
1st Latin American Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems will be held from January 28-31, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More information here.
Swiss Climate Summer School 2018, Earth system variability through time will be held from August 26-31, 2018 in Grindelwald, Switzerland. More information here.
The European Geosciences Union General Assembly will be held from April 8-13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. Abstract deadline December 1, 2017 if applying for Roland Schlich travel support. Regular abstract deadline January 10, 2017. Early registration deadline March 1, 2018. More information here.
American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting will be held from April 10-14, 2018 in New Orleans, LA. Papers are now being accepted for the session, “Recent Environmental Change in the Arctic”. If interested, please email tballinger(at)txstate.edu.
The popular Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training will be available as an online, seven-week course for natural resource professionals working in New England and New York. This unique opportunity provided hands-on training in considering climate change information and identifying adaptation actions for natural resources management and conservation. Register here or contact mjanowiak02(at)fs.fed.us for more information.
Climate Academy for professionals engaged in the management of fish, wildlife, habitat and cultural resources 8-week online course is designed to cover the fundamentals of climate science, provide an overview of tools and resources for climate adaptation, and increase climate literacy and communication skills. It will take place from January 10- March 21, 2018. More information and registration here.
2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference will be held from April 30- May 18, 2018 in Manchester, NH. More information here.
4th International Symposium, “The Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans” will be held from June 4-8, 2018 in Washington D.C. More information here.
Delaware Wetlands Conference 2018 will be held from January 31- February 1, 2018 in Wilmington, Delaware. More information here.
The Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference will be held from June 3-6, 2018 at the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. More information here.
The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference: Fostering new scientific knowledge for cities based on science, practice and policy will be held from March 5-7, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. More information here.
POLAR 2018 meeting (A SCAR & IASC Conference) will be held in Davos, Switzerland from June 15-26, 2018. Abstract submission deadline November 1, 2017. Submit and more information here.
Call for articles for a special issue on Climate Change Impacts on Human Health and the Environment in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association. Those with relevant research are encouraged to consider submitting an article on a topic of interest. Submission deadline is February 15, 2018. Manuscripts must be submitted to ScholarOne using manuscript type “2018 CCSI,” which can be accessed with more information here. For questions, contact Jay Lawrimore at jay.lawrimore(at)noaa.gov.
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. 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.
Polar 2018 will take place in Davos, Switzerland from June 15-27, 2018. More information here.
Jobs, Internships & Funding Opportunities
Click here for more information on Fellowships and Internships.
Summer Internship for undergraduate students with the Rutgers Energy Institute. Application deadline March 9, 2018.
Environmental Protection Agency announces up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants under the 2018 Environmental Education Local Grant Program. Proposal deadline March 15, 2018. More information here.
The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) announces the Energy Innovation Contest inviting undergraduates to help reduce energy consumption at Rutgers. Awards will go to students who develop the best innovative plans to reduce energy consumption and promote eco-friendly practices throughout the New Brunswick Campus. Three prizes ($2,500, $1,500, $1,000) will be awarded. Intent email deadline February 23, 2018. Application deadline March 27, 2018. More information here.
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program will award approximately $2 million in grants nationwide, proposals due January 31, 2018.
Fellowship Program at The Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (Institute) for graduate students enrolled in consortium institutions (including Rutgers) to who propose innovative research projects to promote reslience in Jamaica Bay and surrounding communities. Application deadline February 28, 2018.
Sea Grant's 2018 Aquaculture Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO is available via grants.gov opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489. Award ceiling: $750K. Applicants must submit a proposal to a Sea Grant program by 5:00 pm local time on March 2, 2018. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to their Sea Grant Program one to two months prior to the Sea Grant program application deadline to receive guidance regarding proposal development and discuss their proposed project(s). Sea Grantapplications due March 30, 2018. Objectives of Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI) are to: 1) address the needs of the U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by supporting research, technology transfer, and best practices related to the sustainable aquaculture of ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes fish, shellfish, or algae species (including state- and federally managed species), 2) increase production of such species in federal waters and the coastal zone of state waters (as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Act – to include the Great Lakes), and, 3) address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit increased production (this can include research, extension, technology transfer, regulatory/policy and/or legal activities to support production, market access, distribution, etc.).
Two positions: Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship (Stream Fish Ecology) and Postdoctoral Scientists (Freshwater Fish Ecology and Habitat Modeling), University of Alaska. Both positions relate to project to understand effects of fire and climate change on boreal aquatic ecosystem dynamics. Complete information for both positions here. (posted 12/18/17).
Postdoctoral Position: Climate Services, Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Earth Sciences Department for climate scientist to work in renewable energy and agricultural sectors. Applications due January 31, 2018. Complete information here.
Visiting Assistant Professor Position in the Environmental Sciences Program at Northwestern University. Application review begins February 1, 2018. More information here.
RUTGERS COASTAL CLIMATE RISK & RESILIENCE (C2R2) PROGRAMS - FALL 2018: Graduate Traineeship Program and Graduate Certification Program. Graduate Traineeship candidates must be in research-based programs and be incoming Masters students or w/in first two years of pursuing Ph.D. Students interested in the traineeship program should apply through their graduate program director and applications should include a statement explaining the applicant’s professional interest in coastal climate risk and resilience, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and two letters of support (these letters can be the same as those from their grad application). All materials should be sent to Carrie Ferraro: ferraro(at)marine.rutgers.edu. Application review begins January 16, 2017. For students interested in the Graduate Certificate Program, applications are considered on a rolling basis. More information about both programs here or contact Dr. Carrie Ferraro ferraro(at)marine.rutgers.edu.
Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students for summer internships in government/public service in Washington, DC. The monetary award is meant to ease the financial burden of working in Washington D.C. and is intended to offset living expenses. Seven students will be chosen to receive awards in 2018. Application deadline January 25, 2018. More information here.
The Rutgers Energy Institute 2017-2018 Energy Innovation Contest for undergraduates on New Brunswick Campus. Three awards: $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, $1,000 for third place. Register to compete by email indicating intent to submit an entry to bea(at)marine.rutgers.edu b February 23, 2018. Proposal deadline March 27, 2018. More information here.
Academic Service Opportunities
Future Earth is seeking nominations for members to join the Steering Committee of a Knowledge-Action Network on Water-Energy-Food Nexus research collaboration. Terms will begin in February 2018, and the deadline for nominations is 20 January 2018. Candidates can self-nominate. Complete information here.