Doctoral students Fatematuz Zohora Nishi and Dan Blanco discuss their coastal climate resilience models built during a recent class led by Lisa Auermuller (right). Photo: Lucia Mostello/Rutgers University

How Rutgers Is Forging the Next Generation of Climate Change Problem Solvers

Matt Drews 2022

Training program created in wake of Superstorm Sandy brings graduate students from varied disciplines together to solve real-world climate problems. As a child, Dan Blanco watched low-income neighborhoods in his native Chicago flood during storms while the more affluent enclaves did not. Now, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in atmospheric sciences at Rutgers so he can further explore – …

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MACH In the News: Burying Short Sections of Power lines could Drastically Reduce Hurricanes’ Impact on Coastal Residents

Matt Drews 2022

A recent article posting by the National Science Foundation, highlighting a recent study in Nature Communications, found that burying just 5% of power lines near the roots of the distribution network, could reduce the expected percentage of residents without power after a major hurricane from 18.2% to 11.3%. The results of this work is part of NSF’s Coastlines and People …

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MACH In The News: Hurricane Flood Risk and Sea Level Rise

Matt Drews 2022

Two recent news stories highlighting different important topics related to climate risk were recently published while citing recent publications with ties to MACH. The first article, Future Hurricanes Likely to Pose Much Greater Flood Risk to US East and Gulf Coasts, published by, references the work of graduate students Avantika Gori and Dazhi Xi, who are part of Princeton …

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MACH Senior Member Jeanne Herb on EJB Talks

Matt Drews 2022

Jeanne Herb was recently featured on the Rutgers University Edward J Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy’s Podcast EJB Talks, where she provides an overview of the Bloustein School’s Environmental Analysis and Communications Group (EAC) as well as the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH). Listen Here

Aerial view of the Jersey Shore. Photo by Matt Drews

Rutgers to Lead Regional Large-Scale Coastlines and People Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub with Nearly $20M from National Science Foundation

Matt Drews 2021

The new hub will help improve the understanding and governance of co-evolving hazard developments and coastal processes. Advancing its mission and leadership role to improve climate risk management critical to societal well-being, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey will lead a multi-university Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH) made possible by a grant through the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines and People (CoPe) …