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.
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.
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 pdf here. (796 KB)
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.
News in December 2017
Rutgers is implementing phase one of a study to facilitate the transition from traditional turfgrass to ‘low-input turfgrass’ that would save on water, fertilizer, fossil fuels and pesticides Research led by the University of Minnesota has allowed for the evaluation of the social, economic, and environmental barriers and benefits of transitioning to different types of turfgrass. The site that was chosen is in between the Food Science building and the Cook Douglass Lecture Hall (CDL).
New research suggests that Greenland ice sheets may be more porous and are retaining more meltwater than previously thought, according to the NY Times. RCI affiliate Asa Rennermalm is part of the team along with her graduate students Rohi Muthyala and Sasha Leidman. Using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, they are able to quantify the meltwater flux off of Greenland for the first time.
RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis speaks on broader wind pattern changes with climate change that may enhance the California wildfire season. While hundreds of acres of California are burning, recent research published by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, suggests there may be a link between rising temperatures, the loss of Arctic sea ice and the persistence of atmospheric high pressure in the Pacific Ocean, leading to more persistent Santa Ana winds.
Two Rutgers University seniors, Taylor Dodge and Rachael Young, are roommates traveling to different areas of Antarctica this month to conduct field research on climate change impacts. They were inspired by professors who taught the oceanography course during their first year of school including RCI affiliates Oscar Schofield and Josh Kohut. Read more here.
The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reminds us of the following resources for disaster preparation and recovery: Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative; Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery; Emergency Alert and Warning Systems: Current Knowledge and Future Research Directions; Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation's Electricity System.
RCI affiliate Alan Robock discusses the global climate implications of the ongoing eruption of Mt. Agung in Bali, Indonesia in Mashable, Reuters, and Scientific American. The last eruption of Mt. Agung occurred in 1963, which was larger than the ongoing eruption and led to a slight reduction in global temperatures due to the reflection of sunlight from sulfur aerosols.
Read about Rutgers Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience Program (C2R2), a new program aimed at working to help coastal communities and ecosystems become more resilient to the effects of a changing climate. RCI affiliate Robert Kopp is the co-director of C2R2, which secured funding as part of the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program.
Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers, Online Courses, Short Courses and Seminars
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.
Hydrology Delivers Earth System Sciences to Society 4 Conference will be held from May 16-19, 2018 at the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan. Abstract submission deadline December 18, 2017. More information 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.
Applications are now being accepted for the annual Forest Awards. Two Travel Awards for postdocs or PhD students consisting of USD 850 / EUR 700 each will be awarded to attend a forestry related conference. The candidate must be enrolled as a full-time PhD student or a post-doctoral researcher. Applications should be emailed to forests(at)mdpi.com by December 31, 2017. More information here.
The Rutgers Center for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis is co-hosting a workshop offered by Discovery Management Group on high-precision GPS and drone-based mapping on December 11&12, 2017 at the University Inn Conference Center. More information here. Register here.
The deadline for submission of manuscripts for this special issue in Water Resources Research, “Hydrology delivers Earth System Sciences to Society” has been extended to December 31, 2017. More information here or contact wrr(at)agu.org.
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.
The International Workshop “The Rise and Fall: Environmental Factors in the Socio-Cultural Changes of the Ancient Silk Road Area” took place in September 2017. The workshop is publishing a book of the proceedings. If interested, submit abstract by October 31, 2017 and full paper by December 31, 2017. 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.
TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL RUTGERS TURFGRASS SYMPOSIUM will be held on January 12, 2017 from 9:00AM- 4:00PM in Room 138A, Foran Hall, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, 88 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ. Registration deadline December 12, 2017. More information here.
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. Early registration deadline December 6, 2017. Oral presentations accepted through November 1st. Poster presentations accepted through December 6th. 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.
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 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.
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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6 PhD Fellowship Positions with the Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate (Germany). Application deadline January 7, 2018. Application information here. More information email hitec(at)fz-juelich.de.
Chair Position in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Application deadline January 2, 2018. More information here.
Assistant Professor Position in Structural Geology/Tectonics at Queens College CUNY. Application deadline January 5, 2018. More 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 2018 Keeling Curve Prize will award an annual total of $250,000, to be given to up to ten individuals, organizations or groups whose ideas show the greatest promise for reducing emissions of CO2 or other heat-trapping gases, or increasing the uptake of CO2. Application deadline December 20, 2017. More information here.
The Solar Ambassador Program is a year-long fellowship for college students (minimum three person team) who want to help a community-serving organization near their campus go solar. More information here.
Schmidt Ocean Institute 2018 Student Opportunities Program for graduate and undergraduate students or post-docs to participate in seagoing scientific research aboard Falkor in coordination with the organization and its principal investigators. Application Deadline: Friday December 29, 2017. Complete information here.
Funding for early career scientists (grad students and recent Ph.D. recipients) to attend Arctic System Change Workshop April 9-13, 2018, at NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder, Colorado. Application deadline: January 14, 2018. Information here.
Postdoctoral Fellow Position to help lead the integration of new observations in the Variational data assimilation system of the research group on remote sensing at the University of Quebec at Montreal (Canada). If interested send CV and a letter of interest to Adelina(at)sca.uqam.ca. (Posted December 3, 2017)
Research Scientist Position to lead the development of new methods to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities based on in-situ atmospheric measurements at the LSCE- IPSL. If interested, email curriculum vitae, statement of motivation and information of two references to contact-trace(at)lists.lsce.ipsl.fr. (Posted December 3, 2017)
Research Officer on environment economics & Junior Observational Earth Data Manager Positions at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain). Application deadline December 31, 2017. More information on research office position here and the junior observational earth data manager position here.
Professor Position in climatology at the Swedish Meteorological & Hydrological Institute (Sweden). Application deadline January 15, 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.
MS Graduate Assistantships at East Carolina University to support projects related to observations and modeling of regional climate variability in the southeastern United States that draws on radar based precipitation datasets and the Weather Research Forecast model. More information here. (Posted November 26, 2017)
Master of Science Student Opportunity to investigate effects of natural and anthropogenic land surfaces changes on climate, food and water resources at San Diego State University. Application deadline December 15, 2017. If interested contact fdesales(at)mail.sdsu.edu. More information here.
PhD Student Opportunity to investigate the effects of natural and anthropogenic land surface changes on climate and water resources at San Diego State University and University of California- Santa Barbara. Application deadline December 15, 2017. If interested, contact fdesales(at)mail.sdsu.edu. More information here.
Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Climate Modeling/Attribution of changes in the water cycle using Big Data at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). More information and apply here. (Posted November 26, 2017)
Postdoctoral Fellow Position in climate modelling/ uncertainty quantification in climate projections at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). More information and apply here. (Posted November 26, 2017)
Postdoc Position in regional climate modeling (both limited area models and variable resolution global models) in the Department of Geography at the University of Delaware. Application deadline December 15, 2017. For more information, contact rauscher(at)udel.edu or dveron(at)udel.edu. If interested email a CV, a statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to rauscher(at)udel.edu.
Fixed Term, Full Associate Lecturer Position in numeric atmospheric modelling at Murdoch University (Australia). Application deadline December 6, 2017. More information here.
PhD Opportunity in urban climate in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. Application deadline January 15, 2018. More information here.
Air Pollution Specialist Position with the California Air Resources Board. Application deadline December 6, 2017. More information here.
Climate Modeler Position about climate processes, improvement of climate models and climate prediction at the Rossby Centre, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (Sweden). More information here. (Posted November 28, 2017)
Global Climate Postdoctoral Scholar Position on the dynamics of tropical convection and atmospheric circulation, e.g., convective self-aggregation, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), and the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. More information here. (Posted November 28, 2017)
Full Professor Position related to the fields of urban climatology, topo climates, field experiments as well as data processing and analysis at RWTH Aachen University (Germany). Application deadline January 5, 2018. More information here.
MS and/or PhD Opportunities on the analysis of interannual rainfall variability within the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basin at East Caroline University. Apply here. More information email curtisw(at)ecu.edu. (Poated November 26, 2017).
The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science has released two separate Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) soliciting proposals from single investigators or multi-investigator teams to conduct research on atmospheric and environmental systems science. These programs are both managed by BER’s Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), which supports research aimed at advancing DOE’s Earth system predictive capabilities. Pre-applications for both FOAs deadlines December 20, 2017. More information on Atmospheric System Research and Environmental System Science.
Climate Modeling Position as a global climate modeler at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. More information here. (Posted November 12, 2017)
PhD Opportunity for developing a framework for seamless prediction of sub- seasonal to seasonal extreme precipitation events in the United States at the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. If interested, contact mrichman(at)ou.edu and jfurtado(at)ou.edu and include your CV, academic transcript and a short statement of interest. (Posted November 12, 2017)
PhD Opportunities to work on projects with a climate theme at the University of Cambridge, UK. More information on projects here. If interested email ew428(at)cam.ac.uk.(Posted November 12, 2017).
Science Research Mentoring Program Manager Position with the American Museum of Natural History. More information here. (Posted November 12, 2017)
PhD Position to work in a multi-disciplinary environment on climate change and impact assessment problems at University of California- Merced. If interested contact awesterling(at)ucmerced.edu. (Posted November 5, 2017)
PhD Student Opportunity in climate modeling projects focused on investigating the effects of natural and anthropogenic land surface changes and climate and water resources at San Diego State University & University of California-Santa Barbara. Email unofficial transcripts, curriculum vitae, GRE score, information of three references and a brief personal statement that highlight skills relevant to the position to fdesales(at)mail.sdsu.edu by December 15, 2017.
Project Manager, Postdoctoral Fellow, and PhD Student Positions in South American Paleoclimate Research at the University of Albany. For all three positions email letter of application, CV, and contact information of three references to mvuille(at)albany.edu by January 15, 2017. More information here.
USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey are now accepting applications for the 2018 Center for Resilient Landscapes Fellowship Application. Application deadline December 15, 2017. More information here.
PhD student positions in climate sciences at the University of California Santa- Barbara. Application deadline December 15, 2017. More information here or contact cjones(at)eri.ucsb.edu.
PhD and M.S. student positions in climate variability & modeling, surface atmosphere interactions & high latitude climate, hydro climatology or paleoceanography & climate reconstructions at Texas A&M University. Application deadline January 1, 2018. More information here.
Tenure Track Assistant Professor in atmospheric science with research specialty in climate science in the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science at the University of Kansas. Application review begins December 15, 2017. More information here.
Division Head Position with focus on remote sensing of earth or planetary atmospheres at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Application deadline December 15, 2017. Email curriculum vitae, research synopsis, list of publications, outline of teaching experience, information of three references, and a questionnaire to info(at)iap.unibe.ch.
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