Experts in coastal climate-related risk and resilience from across Rutgers have successfully teamed to win a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to provide graduate students with training in developing and conducting both basic and applied research addressing real-world challenges. The Institute of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences will administer the grant. Professor Robert Kopp in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is the principal investigator, and his co-investigators are Professors Rebecca Jordan in the Department of Human Ecology, Clinton Andrews in Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Jie Gong in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; as well as Lisa Auermuller of the Jaques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve.
According to U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, who jointly released an announcement:
“As we approach the fourth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, it is absolutely critical that we do all we can to understand and respond to the real threat that climate change poses to the Jersey Shore and other low-lying communities throughout our state,” said Sen. Menendez. “This grant will help Rutgers develop cutting edge methods to safeguard our families, fortify our coastal environment, and shelter our economy from the worst impacts of climate change. I am proud that Rutgers is committed to remaining a leader in climate education and innovation to protect our coastal communities from sea level rise and more frequent and more powerful storms.”
“Given the urgent threat of climate change, federal investments like this are more important than ever in helping researchers find solutions and increase the resiliency of New Jersey’s coastline,” said Sen. Booker. “This also marks an important step in ensuring Rutgers remains at the forefront of technology and innovation while immersing students deeper into critical STEM fields. I’m proud to see such a great New Jersey institution as Rutgers serve a lead role in helping address one of the most pressing issues facing our state and our nation.”