New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance was formed in response to a diverse group of stakeholders who came together on November 29, 2011 at Rutgers University to participate in the conference "Preparing NJ for Climate Change: A Workshop for Decision-Makers."

A changing climate and rising sea levels will have a devastating impact on New Jersey’s economy, the health of our residents, the State’s natural resources, and the extensive infrastructure system that delivers transportation services, energy and clean water to millions of New Jerseyans. The Alliance will focus on climate change preparedness in key impacted sectors (public health; watersheds, rivers and coastal communities; built infrastructure; agriculture; and natural resources) through:

  • Conducting outreach and education of the general public and targeted sectoral leaders;
  • Developing recommendations for state and local actions through collaboration with policymakers at the state, federal and local levels;
  • Undertaking demonstration and pilot projects in partnership with the private sector, local governments, non-governmental organizations, and others;
  • Identifying science, research and data needs; and
  • Developing capacity for implementation of preparedness measures and documentation of best practices.

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Rutgers-led New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA) awarded 2016 Outstanding Floodplain Management Award

The Rutgers-led New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA) was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Floodplain Management Award for "progressive collaborative work on climate change preparedness in New Jersey"by the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management at its 12th annual conference in Atlantic City in October.  Facilitated by Jeanne Herb of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University and Marjorie Kaplan, Associate Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute, the Alliance is a network of policymakers, public and private sector practitioners, academics and NGO and business leaders designed to build climate change preparedness capacity in New Jersey.  Former New Jersey Governors Tom Kean and Jim Florio are Honorary Co-Chairs and its Advisory Committee is Chaired by Michael Catania, Executive Director, Duke Farms and Kathleen Ellis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of New Jersey Natural Gas. It has issued over 30 reports and developed tools, videos, resources and provided support in addressing climate change preparedness for New Jersey. Most recently it released three documents regarding sea-level rise in New Jersey.

Read the October 2016 reports related to the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Science and Technical Advisory Panel on Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: Assessing New Jersey’s Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: Report of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Science and Technical Advisory Panel; Assessing New Jersey’s Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: A Companion Report to the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Science and Technical Advisory Panel Report; Integrating Science into Coastal Resilience Planning and Decision Making available here.


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Ms. Laura Tessieri, New Jersey Association For Floodplain Management presents "Outstanding Floodplain Management Award" to Dr. Marjorie Kaplan, Rutgers Climate Institute, who accepted the award on behalf of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance.

 

Featured Videos

NJ Populations Vulnerable to Climate Change

This video, produced by the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, describes demographic and geographic attributes of socially vulnerable populations in New Jersey and their relation to flooding as an environmental hazard associated with a changing climate. The video is informed by research conducted by researchers at Rutgers University, which facilitates the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance.

Climate Change and the Jersey Shore: Impacts on Coastal Communities, Ecosystems and Economies

This video, produced by the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance which is facilitated by Rutgers University, explores climate change and its effects on the Jersey Shore. Experts discuss temperature changes, sea level rise, coastal flooding, and ocean acidification and how this impacts communities, ecosystems and coastal economies.

New Jersey's Changing Shoreline

This video, produced by the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance (which is facilitated by Rutgers University),  describes the dynamics of New Jersey's Atlantic Coast shoreline since the 19th Century, using both historical maps as well as satellite image animation  from 1984 - 2012 along NJ's entire Atlantic coast. Viewers can observe periods of erosion, beach narrowing and beach widening as these change over time.

Climate Change and Flood Risk for New Jersey's Senior Citizens

This video, produced by the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance (which is facilitated by Rutgers University) describes the risks faced by NJ's elderly population with a focus on flooding and storm surge hazards associated with a changing climate.

New Jersey and Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

Produced by the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, this video provides a comprehensive overview about impacts of a changing climate to people, places and valuable assets throughout the Garden State.