Recommendations to Union Beach, NJ
Union Beach, NJ was badly damaged five years ago by Hurricane Sandy. To prepare the community to deal with future flooding events, the Army Corps plans to add sand to beaches and build dykes, berms, bulkheads and sluice gates. The C2R2 studio course, led by Professor Clinton Andrews, was asked to look at these plans and make resilience recommendations based upon public engagement, geographical concerns and hazard profiles. On December 11th, the students presented their findings to the mayor, borough administrator, borough planner, US Army Corps of Engineers, and local residents.
Global Climate Policy with Juha Uitto
C2R2, Rutgers Climate Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School and the Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences were proud to host Juha Uitto, Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environmental Facility. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Dr. Uitto spoke to C2R2 students and faculty about whether these programs are reversing negative trends on the global environment drawing on the recently completed Comprehensive Evaluation of the GEF and discussed his book Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development. Additional information can be found on the event flyer.
A Conversation on Climate Policy
Together with members of the Eagleton Institute for Politics, Rutgers Climate Institute, and Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, C2R2 students and faculty engaged in an informal conversation with Matt Platkin, Policy Advisor to New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy. Platkin spoke to the students about the Governor-elects plans for building a clean energy economy in New Jersey and answered their questions about supporting NJ cities in becoming more resilient.
C2R2 Welcomes Second Cohort
On September 5th, new graduate students studying planning and public policy, engineering, oceanography, geography, hydrology, and ecology and evolution gathered together with their advisors and existing C2R2 student at an Introductory Workshop. The students learned about the program, met their mentoring teams, and engaged in team building exercises. Check out this article by Ken Kurtulick for more information on this event and the program. For information on the new students, go to our C2R2 Trainee page.
5/15/2017 – 5/26/2017
Resilience at the New Jersey Coast
For two weeks in May, trainees, led by C2R2 Co-I Lisa Auermuller, participated in a 10 day field-based course focused on the current efforts underway in planning for resiliency along the New Jersey Shore. The students were immersed in the unique challenges faced between the diverse “shores” of New Jersey – Barrier Islands, Back bays, Urban settings and the Delaware Bayshore. They interacted with Rutgers staff leading municipal resiliency planning and had direct access to and exchanges with municipalities, counties, businesses and non-profits on the front line of resiliency planning.
The knowledge and experiences gained during this immersive week culminated in reflective resiliency recommendations project which was presented on the final day of the course. In attendance to give feedback and to critique the presentations were a dozen resilience professionals. The project contents are currently being considered for integration into iterative enhancements of the Getting to Resilience municipal planning tool.
For more information on the activities during this 10-day experience, check out Lisa’s presentation.
Monitoring the Raritan River
C2R2 trainees are proposing to work on a transdisciplinary project focused on determining the risks sea level rise and climate change pose to the wetlands of the Raritan River. To gain insight into the landscape, its current management, and monitoring practices, on May 11th, trainees boarded the R/V Rutgers with Rutgers faculty and members of the Department of Environmental Protection. This trip was part of a larger project led by Dr. Bob Schuster (NJDEP) and Dr. Josh Kohut (Rutgers) and funded by the Rutgers Raritan River Consortium.
Structures of Coastal Resilience with Guy Nordenson
Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor at Princeton University. He was the first practicing structural engineer to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and served as Commissioner
and Secretary of the NYC Public Design Commission from 2006 to 2015. He is a member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change.
On April 7th, C2R2, along with Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES), Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers Departments of Environmental Sciences, Landscape Architecture, and Biochemistry & Microbiology, and Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, sponsored a special guest lecture event. The event was held at 3pm in the Alampi Room of the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences. Additional information can be found on the event flyer.
Visit from Award Winning Author Kim Stanley Robinson
On April 5th, C2R2 co-sponsored a very special event. Novelist Kim Stanley Robinson read from and discussed his new novel, New York 2140, which presents a vision of our region in a future of extreme sea-level rise. Robinson was joined by a panel of distinguished Rutgers and C2R2 faculty with expertise in climate science (Robert Kopp), urban planning (Clinton Andrews), urban agriculture (Laura Lawson) and the environmental humanities (Jorge Marcone). The panel discussed the novel and its vision. Watch this event here.
Special Lecture Event with Klaus Keller
C2R2 and the Rutgers Energy Institute were proud to host Klaus Keller, Professor of Geosciences in the Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Keller’s research interests include climate risk management and decision making under uncertainty. He met with C2R2 trainees on March 30th and gave a public lecture on March 31st at 10:45am in the Alampi Room of the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences. The title of his talk was Climate Risk Management in the Anthropocene: From Basic Science to Decision Making and Back.
5th Anniversary HBCU Climate Change Conference
The Fifth Anniversary HBCU Climate Change Conference was held in New Orleans, LA. The event, which was hosted by Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in collaboration with the Texas Southern University, featured a keynote by C2R2 Director Bob Kopp. Dr. Kopp will give a talk on his research entitled Coasts in times of sea-level rise.
On January 13th, C2R2 had its introductory workshop with its first cohort of trainees. At the workshop, the trainees were introduced to each other, C2R2 faculty and staff, and the program itself. The trainees also practiced using models to connect their ideas and as a tool to share their thinking with others.