The Megalopolitcan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH)

Coastal Flooding near Tuckerton, NJ. Photo: Matt Drews

The Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH)

What is MACH?

The “wicked problem” that climate change poses to coastal communities requires many great minds working alongside local residents, officials, and professionals to better understand the options available to decrease their risk. To assist with these types of complex decisions, Rutgers University and 12 other institutions created the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub, or MACH (pronounced ‘mock’). 

MACH is a part of a network of research hubs, located around the country, funded through the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines and People program. Our mission is to support decision making to manage climate-change-related risks through research focused at the intersection of natural and human systems. These collaborations are rooted in core principles regarding equitable community participation in and co-production of climate solutions. 


Be Useful

Effectively facilitate flexible, equitable, and robust long-term planning to manage climate risk.

Do Useful Science

Advance understanding of how coastal climate hazards, landforms, and human decisions at a household, municipal, and market scale interact to shape climate risk.

Learn How to Do Useful Science Better

Build an academic/stakeholder partnership model that provides insight for just, equitable, and inclusive climate action in diverse coastal, urban megaregions around the world.

Train the Next Generation to do Useful Science

Train the next generation of students in transdisciplinary climate research and engagement.
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Why is this Important?

Climate change is causing drastic impacts and risks in coastal areas. These impacts are projected to increase and become more widespread. While the direction of changes are clear, researchers are still working to answer many specific questions, such as “where”, “when,” “how much,” and “to what consequence.”

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What Does MACH Do?

Over the five years of the grant – and potentially continuing beyond – MACH is focusing on challenges faced specifically in the urban megaregion that spans Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City. By collaborating with each other and with local residents, officials, and professionals, MACH researchers aim to advance the holistic understanding of both coastal dynamics and decision making in order to address the complex risks posed by climate change here and around the world.

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MACH Commitment to Justice, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

As a hub with a focused mission to advance sustainable, science-informed climate adaptation pathways, MACH is committed to the authentic integration of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion into its practices.  A dominant criterion in MACH’s efforts is the prioritization of locations in which MACH’s engagement will lead to benefits for populations disproportionately affected by coastal climate change hazards. This commitment is represented in the Principles of Engagement adopted by MACH in consultation with its Collaborative Stakeholder Advisory Panel.  These principles guide MACH’s engagement with stakeholders and communities as well as its research endeavor.

About NSF CoPe

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The Coastlines and People program supports diverse, innovative, multi-institution awards that are focused on critically important coastlines and people research that is integrated with broadening participation goals. The objective is to support Coastal Research Hubs, structured using a convergent science approach, at the nexus between coastal sustainability, human dimensions, and coastal processes to transform understanding of interactions among natural, human-built, and social systems in coastal, populated environments.

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