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.
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.
Mindy Lubber, President and CEO of CERES (www.ceres.org) will be joining as a keynote speaker!
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Meadowlands Conference, Super Storm Sandy: Five Years Later
October 26-27, 2017
1 DeKorte Park Plaza Lyndhurst, NJ
More information here
Rutgers Climate Symposium 2017
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. There is no fee to attend but registration is required. Event flyer pdf here. (200 KB) This event is intended for students, faculty, staff of academic and research institutions. A limited number of registrations will be available for unaffiliated members of the public upon request. Complete details and registration link here.
Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Mustafa Ali, Hip Hop Caucus
Nilda Mesa, Columbia University
Julie Pullen, Stevens Institute of Technology
William Solecki, Hunter College-CUNY
News in September 2017
RCI associate director Marjorie Kaplan and numerous affiliates were featured in the Daily Targum for their work towards receiving NIFA (National Food and Institute for Agriculture) grants. NIFA offers grants to support the advancement of agricultural research and education to solve societal challenges, according to RCI affiliate Janice McDonnell. This past year, the RCI collaborated on two NIFA grant applications:The Climate Adaptation Fellowship and Climate Masters Volunteers. According to Kaplan, the RCI is working on developing an education curriculum and training about climate change adaptation for farmers and foresters in the region as well as supporting climate-smart communities in the northeast.
With the support and cooperation from Rutgers University’s Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, the Delaware Bay oyster industry is back and booming. RCI affiliate Dave Bushek confirms the oyster fishery is in great shape, indicating in a report last year that the industry is sustainable with oyster populations only increasing. Additionally, according to Bushek oysters are one of the most environmentally-sustainable products that exists with no fertilizer, pesticides, or antibiotics.
New Jersey water usage is down according to NorthJersey.com, thanks in part to frequent rainfall this past summer. According to RCI affiliate David Robinson, most NJ locations were average to well above average in rainfall this summer. This follows very dry conditions during last summer, where the DEP issued its first drought warning in 15 years.
RCI affiliate Oscar Schofield discusses the conditions that are allowing for an active Atlantic hurricane season in The Inquirer. According to Schofield, warmer waters in the Atlantic are providing more available energy to any tropical system that forms. Coupled with sea level rise, impact from any given storm is expected to be greater in a warming climate. Finally, the transition of the equatorial Pacific from an El Nino to a La Nina state helps to decrease wind shear over the tropical Atlantic, favoring the formation of tropical cyclones. The Atlantic typically begins to cool in October, but as Sandy has shown, one should never let their guard down even towards the end of hurricane season.
RCI affiliate Cara Cuite discusses the people who would never leave, despite mandatory evacuation orders prior to a hurricane on Vox. The fear of homes being damaged or looted, or remembering weathering a previous storm are factors in why people stay behind, according to Cuite. Additionally, evacuation warnings can backfire. For instance, when people who do not need to evacuate decide to do so, they clog up roads, making it more difficult for vulnerable people to get out.
RCI affiliate Dave Robinson discussed this summer’s weather in an article about how rain forecasts negatively impacted tourism along the Jersey Shore. According to Robinson, rain fall on one-third of weekends and holidays over the summer, although rainfall totals were slightly below average in many places. Beach-goer’s ability to consult weather apps to make same-day decisions led to a decline in beach badge revenue of 8.3% at Seaside Heights through July 31st.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report titled Responding to the Threat of Sea Level Rise: Proceedings of a Forum. The future rate and extent of sea level rise and extent are discussed, reflecting important uncertainties.
RCI co-director Marjorie Kaplan discusses the implications of New Jersey possibly rejoining the Northeastern greenhouse gas trading program in a Bloomberg News article. New Jersey would be the third-largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the trading program and would send a signal that New Jersey is serious about addressing its carbon emissions
The Natural Resources Defense Council and the New York University Stern Center for Sustainable Business have released Catalyzing Green Infrastructure on Private Property: Recommendations for a Green, Equitable, and Sustainable New York City with recommendations for stimulating wide spread use of green infrastructure on private property, in order to help reduce stormwater runoff from existing development. The report presents an innovative approach to a large-scale green infrastructure grant program, which can be adapted by cities around the country, and which engages not only the private sector but also community-based organizations and the affordable housing sector. It also offers ways to leverage green infrastructure retrofit efforts with other local green building and sustainability initiatives that address private property.
Here Comes The Sun: A State Policy Handbook For Distributed Solar Energy is a new handbook from the National Conference of State Legislatures designed for state legislators, legislative staff, energy officials, and others who want to learn about and assess their state’s distributed solar photovoltaic policies. It provides tools to investigate options and practices to leverage the economic and reliability benefits of solar energy while addressing the challenges presented by this localized approach to energy generation.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released A Century of Wildland Fire Research: Contributions to Long-term Approaches for Wildland Fire Management: Proceedings of a Workshop. Changes in geology, ecology, hydrology, and climate have created challenges towards managing wildland fires. This report focuses on how a century of wildland fire research can contribute to improving wildfire management, summarizing the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
Congratulations to RCI affiliate Pam McElwee author of Forests are Gold: Trees, People and Environmental Rule in Vietnam for winning the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) Book Prize for the best academic book on Southeast Asia published in the social sciences. Read more about Professor McElwee’s book and award here.
RCI affiliate Malin Pinsky discusses ongoing research on the northward migration of marine organisms in NJMonthly. Warming ocean temperatures are playing a role in what is described as an ‘indisputable trend northward and downward (to greater depths)’. One local example includes the black sea bass, which has forsaken its traditional home off the coast of Virginia for waters off of New Jersey. The movement of marine wildlife has economic consequences for coastal fisheries, a cost that smaller operations can not easily take on.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, Short Courses and Seminars
“Exploring New Jersey’s Approach to a Modern Grid: Opportunities and Pathways to a Clean Energy Future,” a forum addressing the current state of New Jersey’s electric grid, technologies being adopted in New Jersey and across the country, and customer engagement and views will be held on October 25, 2017 at the EcoComplex in Bordentown, NJ. More information here.
New Jersey Future’s half-day symposium Shore of the Future, Tuesday, October 17th at the War Memorial in Trenton will focus on what a regional response to risks associated with climate change and sea level rise along the Jersey Shore should look like. Keynote speaker is Hon. Joseph Riley, Distinguished Fellow at Pew Charitable Trusts and former mayor, Charleston, S.C. No cost for this event; seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Click this link symposium web page to find out more and to register.
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. More information and registration here.
6th International OXFORD SYMPOSIUM ON POPULATION, MIGRATION, AND CLIMATE CHANGE to be held on the 7th and 8th of December 2017 at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, UK. Attendees are welcome to either present a paper or participate as a panel member/observer. Abstract submission deadline is November 15, 2017. Abstracts are reviewed on a rolling basis and notifications are sent within ten days of submission. The early registration deadline is 16 October, and the regular registration deadline is 17 November.
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.
Rutgers Center for Resilient Landscapes is hosting their second annual Fall Symposium on September 12th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the Rutgers - New Brunswick campus. The Rutgers CRL is a partnership between Rutgers University and the USDA Forest Service, focused on understanding social-ecological resilience in New Jersey towns and forests under conditions of global change, periodic disturbance, and urbanization. Center Fellows will give presentations in the morning, with a poster session from 12 to 1 to follow.
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. 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. More information here.
The Editors of the peer‐reviewed journal, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM), invite experts engaged in the fields of climate change research, planning and adaptation to submit a short commentary. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Cities and Climate Conference 2017 will be held from September 19-21, 2017 in Potsdam, Germany. 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.
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. More information here.
Climate Risk Analysis is giving a Short Course in Climate Extremes Analysis in Bad Gandersheim, Germany, from September 19- 22, 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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Postdoctoral position focused on relocation in a changing climate Beginning January 1, 2018. Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Complete information here. (Posted September 18, 2017).
Nominations for IPCC Working Group I, II, III. The U.S. Department of State seeks nominations for U.S. scientists with requisite expertise to serve as Lead Authors or Review Editors on Working Group I, II, and III to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Respective tables-of-contents can be viewed on the USGCRP Open Notices page, with additional background information and the nominations vehicle itself found on the USGCRP Public Contributions System. The USGCRP nominations system for this process will be disabled on Tuesday, 24 October 2017, and a nominations package transmitted on behalf of the U.S. IPCC Focal Point on 27 October.
Faculty Research Assistant/ Research Associate position available for a combination program manager/ regional extension climate specialist at Oregon State University. Application deadline October 2, 2017. More information here.
Two Postdoctoral positions available concerning sea level change and ocean heat uptake at the University of Reading (UK). Application deadline October 9, 2017. More information here.
Post-doctoral position at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to help discover how different management practices affect crop yields, soil carbon pools and other ecosystems. Application deadline October 15, 2017. Applications including curriculum vitae, copy of certificates, list of publications, short outline of research interests and information of two references should be sent to almut.arneth(at)kit.edu.
Post-doctoral position available in paleoclimate modelling at the LOPS Center in France. Application deadline September 30, 2017. Email cover letter, CV, and information of two references to Thierry.Huck(at)univ-brest.fr.
Postdoctoral research positions available in aerosol, cloud and precipitation interactions at the University of Oxford. Application deadline October 20, 2017. More information here.
Lecturer position available in climate science at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Application deadline October 13, 2017. More information here.
Programme Manager position available for Global challenges research fund for African science for weather information and forecasting techniques in the United Kingdom at the University of Leeds. Application deadline October 2, 2017. More information here.
PhD Student Application in physical geography on integrated modelling of ice volume changes in the Antarctic at the Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University in Sweden. Application deadline September 30, 2017. More information here.
Assistant Professor position in paleoclimatology/geography at Montclair State University. Application deadline October 20, 2017. To apply send one electronic application containing a cover letter, CV, statement of interests and information of three references to EAESsearch(at)montclair.edu.
Associate Conservationist, Climate Change Position available to work on climate change adaptation within the Wildlife Conservation Society Americas Program (covering North and South America). Located in Bozeman, Montana with potential to work at another WCS office. Applications must be submitted online here or by searching jobs here with the keyword “climate change”. Questions may be sent to Dr. Molly Cross at mcross(at)wcs.org. (posted August 29, 2017).
Senior Climate Scientist/Earth System and Climate Change Hub Leader dual position available at the CSIRO Climate Science Centre in Hobart, Melbourne, or Canberra, Australia. More information and application available here. (posted August 29, 2017).
Lab Manager position available at The University of Rochester Ice Core Laboratory, New York. More information on the position available here, searching for Job ID 203243. Information on the Ice Core Lab available here. To apply, submit a statement of interest, resume, and contact info for at least 3 references. For application submissions or questions, contact Vasilii Petrenko at vasilii.petrenko(at)rochester.edu. (posted August 29, 2017).
Post-doctoral fellowships available in the Mesoscale Modeling Group of Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques in Toulouse, France. Candidates should have knowledge of data assimilation and possibly land surface modeling, and/or remote sensing of continental surfaces. They should be familiar with programming data analysis in Python, with Linux, and FORTRAN. To apply, send resume, a motivation letter, and the contact information of two references to Jean-Christophe-Calvet at jean-christophe.calvet(at)meteo.fr. Application deadline is September 30, 2017.
2 Research Scientist Positions available at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. The first position is on global ground breaking high resolution ocean atmosphere modelling and deadline is October 15, 2017. The second one is on sea ice modelling, variability and predictability and deadline is September 24, 2017.
Postdoctoral position available on parameterization of sub-grid-scale effects on surface fluxes over ocean using high-resolution simulations as a part of the CNRM climate research group in Toulouse, France. Application deadline September 30, 2017. More information here.
Multiple Positions available with the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation. More information here. (Posted August 21, 2017).
Scientist/ Post doctoral Position available in capturing data for an evaluation of an urban climate model at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Applications with CV, short letter of motivation and information of two references to Stefan.emeis(at)kit.edu by October 1, 2017.
MS Graduate Assistantship position available in physical oceanography and climate dynamics at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. Contact tshinoda(at)tamucc.edu if interested.
Postdoctoral Position available in mesoscale modeling and mountain climate at the University of California- Santa Barbara. Next review date August 30, 2017. Final application date September 20, 2017 if job has not been filled. More information here.
National Science Foundation announced funding of a total of $11 million as a part of the Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2). The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, atmospheric (gas in ice cores), and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized Earth's past climate variability, the sensitivity of Earth's climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes. Application deadline for October 20, 2017. More information here.
Social Media Internship position at Climate Access. Internship to begin in September 2017 - January 2018. Undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates will work remotely on a project that is using virtual reality technology as a means to experience flooding and flooding solutions. The internship is unpaid but academic credit may be an option. Complete details pdf here (91 KB) .
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.
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