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Coastal communities are increasingly threatened by severe weather. The Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience initiative trains Rutgers graduate students to collaborate with local decision-makers and help vulnerable communities prepare for the impact of climate change. Read C2R2’s recent write-up in Rutgers Today, How Rutgers Is Forging the Next Generation of Climate Change Problem Solvers
Beach dune fence. Photo by Lisa Auermuller.
Beach dune fence. Photo by Lisa Auermuller

C2R2 advances academic excellence at Rutgers while supporting state, municipal, and community organizations to help move towards a more resilient New Jersey.

Coastal communities and ecosystems are vulnerable to climate change, and these effects impact the most vulnerable particularly hard. In the face of this growing risk, resilience becomes increasingly important. Creating and deploying sustainable and cost effective hazard mitigation solutions demands:

  • New ways of whole-systems thinking that intersect socio-economic, ecological and engineered solutions;
  • Trained leaders that have the capacity to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries; and
  • Engaged and participatory processes to identify, develop and implement strategies that build communities that are resilient as well as greener, healthier, prosperous, and more equitable.

The Rutgers University Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience (C2R2) Initiative is working to prepare the workforce that will advance coastal adaptation efforts in the face of climate risks. Our innovative and interdisciplinary certificate program trains graduate students to better integrate all the elements of coastal systems and become fluent communicators, while also providing the opportunity to gain real-world experience collaborating with coastal stakeholders.