2016-2017 Academic Year

News In September 2016

RCI affiliate, David Robinson explains in this NJ.com article that summer 2016 was the hottest on record across the globe, marking it the fourth hottest on record for New Jersey.

In this myCentralJersey.com article, RCI affiliate, Josh Kohut, is quoted on his observations of the ocean and the benefits of understanding storms, water quality, fisheries, and search and rescue.  

RCI affiliate, Daphne Munroe talks about Rutgers University’s Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory study on cultured Atlantic surf clams in this Hatchery International article.  

Congratulations to RCI affiliate, Mark Robson, Department of Plant Biology for being recognized by his peers in  the inaugural Rutgers-New Brunswick Chancellor’s Awards for Faculty Excellence. Professor Robson is being honored with the International Impact Award.  

Rutgers startup XPEED Turbine Technology, which develops aerodynamic technology that could reduce the cost of wind energy, was chosen as one of the Best University Startups are the University Startup Demo Day in Washington D.C. Read more here.   

RCI affiliate, David Robinson explains in this Newsworks article that the number of days with maximum temperatures higher than 90 degrees during the summer is higher than average, marking Summer 2016 as the fourth hottest on record for New Jersey.

In this NJSpotlight article, RCI affiliate, Daniel Van Abs, is quoted on the aging water infrastructure in New Jersey.

RCI affiliate, Ben Horton talks about ghost forests being useful indicators of past sea level changes and what can be expected of the future as sea levels continue to rise in this Climate Central article.   

The National Academies Press has recently published: The Future of Atmospheric Chemistry Research, Frontiers in Decadal Climate Variability: Proceedings of a Workshop (2016), Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change, and Opportunities to Improve Representation of Clouds and Aerosols in Climate Models with Classified Observing Systems.

A team of researchers led by Rutgers University has released three reports regarding integration of Health Impact Assessment into pre-disaster resilience planning: City of Hoboken, New Jersey Proposed Stormwater Management Plan Health Impact Assessment; Making Healthier Decisions about Disaster Recovery: Opportunities for the Use of Health Impact Assessments; and Mystic Island Voluntary Buyout Health Impact Assessment (HIA): Assessing Health Outcomes of Post-Sandy Decision Making. All three reports plus an overview summary and a recorded briefing and presentations can be found here.

RCI affiliate, David Robinson is quoted in these northjersey.com and Sandpaper.net articles on the recorded breaking temperatures that have hit the state of New Jersey as a result of global warming.

Congratulations to RCI Affiliates Robert Kopp, Clint Andrews, Rebecca Jordan, and Lisa Auermuller, along with Professor Jie Gong who were awarded a $3 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) "Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience" grant. This award is to prepare the workforce that will build coastal resilience in the face of climate risks, by training individuals at the MS and PhD levels who conduct research that integrates all the elements of coastal systems and that communicate effectively with coastal stakeholders in defining research problems, conducting research, and applying research to address real-world resilience challenges. Read more here.

RCI Affiliates Karen O'Neill and Dan Van Abs editors of the new Rutgers University Press book "Taking Chances: The Coast After Hurricane Sandy", discuss the lessons learned in our region. Read more here.

Congratulations to RCI affiliates, Jeanne Herb and Richard Lathrop who were a part of the collaborative team between Monmouth University and Rutgers University that won a $1.2 million Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant to support the MidAtlantic Ocean Data Portal. Read about it here.    

National Academies Press has recently published: Opportunities to Improve Representation of Clouds and Aerosols in Climate Models with Classified Observing Systems: Proceedings of a Workshop: Abbreviated Version. Read here.

Congratulations to RCI affiliate Jeanne Herb, who was chosen as a member of the inaugural class of the Robert W. Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Leaders to create collaborative solutions to address health inequities and move communities and organizations towards a "Culture of Health."  Read more here.

RCI affiliate, Malin Pinsky is quoted in this Norwich Bulletin article on the dramatic shift in Connecticut’s lobster population which has moved  northward due to climate change.

The EPA released an updated State and Local guide to U.S. EPA Climate and Energy Program Resources. Click here to view the document.