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MACH members selected as 2023 NSF-KADF Ocean Decade Champions  

Zoë Linder-Baptie2023

Four Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH) members, including Rutgers University staff and faculty members Victoria Ramenzoni, Jeanne Herb, Lisa Auermuller, and University at Albany, SUNY faculty member DeeDee Bennett Gayle, were selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation (KADF) to serve as NSF-KADF Ocean Decade Champions. NSF and KADF have joined together to empower 31 women scientists associated with …

Rutgers-Led MACH Group Visits Rutgers University Marine Field Study

Zoë Linder-Baptie2023

In August of this year, Lisa Auermuller, the Administrative Director of the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub, led a group of 17 graduate students, postdocs, and staff on a week-long tour of New Jersey’s diverse shorelines. As part of the tour, the group visited the Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS), and heard from Director Oscar Schofield about RUMFS’ history, future …

Using Evidence From Last Ice Age, Scientists Predict Effects of Rising Seas on Coastal Habitats

Zoë Linder-Baptie2023

The rapid sea level rise and resulting retreat of coastal habitat seen at the end of the last Ice Age could repeat itself if global average temperatures rise beyond certain levels, according to an analysis by an international team of scientists from more than a dozen institutions, including Rutgers. In a study published in Nature, scientists reported how ancient coastal habitats …

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Assessment of How Climate Scientists Communicate Risk Shows Imperfections, Improvements

Matt Drews2023

The hardest part, experts find, is communicating “unquantifiable” uncertainty. Scientists have long struggled to find the best way to present crucial facts about future sea level rise, but are getting better at communicating more clearly, according to an international group of climate scientists, including a leading Rutgers expert. The consequences of improving communications are enormous, the scientists said, as civic …

Raised homes such as these on St Catherine Island, LA are facing a perilous future with sea levels continuing to rise. Photo: Matt Drews

Study Finds Record-Breaking Rates of Sea-Level Rise Along the U.S. Southeast and Gulf Coasts

Matt Drews2023

Sea levels along the U.S. Southeast and Gulf coasts have been rapidly accelerating, reaching record-breaking rates over the past 12 years, according to a new study led by scientists at Tulane University. In the study, published in Nature Communications, researchers said they had detected rates of sea-level rise of about a half an inch per year since 2010. They attribute …

Blokweerschekade 5, 2954 LA Alblasserdam, Netherlands. Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain

Flood Risk will be Ten Times Higher in Many Places Within 30 years: Study

Matt Drews2023

After the North Sea Flood of 1953, it took nearly 45 years to finalize the Delta Works. If we want to protect The Netherlands against sea-level rise, we shouldn’t wait too long. But how much time do we have left? An international team of researchers from Utrecht University, Deltares, and NIOZ, among others, devised a new method to calculate when …

Princeton researchers explored the increasing risk of multiple destructive storms hitting locations on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. In this image, three storms formed in the Atlantic basin in 2017. Photo by NASA

One is Bad Enough: Climate Change Raises the Threat of Multiple Hurricanes

Matt Drews2023

Getting hit with one hurricane is bad enough, but new research from Princeton Engineering shows that back-to-back versions may become common for many areas in coming decades. Driven by a combination of rising sea levels and climate change, destructive hurricanes and tropical storms could become far more likely to hit coastal areas in quick succession, researchers found. In an article …

View of lower Manhattan taken from the Hoboken, NJ waterfront. Photo: Matt Drews

MACH Researchers Provide Feedback on the NY & NJ Harbor & Tributaries Focus Area Feasibility Study (HATS)

Matt Drews2023

Multiple MACH members recently collaborated to provide extensive feedback on the draft New York and New Jersey Harbor & Tributaries Focus Area Feasibility Study (HATS). According to the US Army Corps of Engineers: “Coastal storms have severely impacted the North Atlantic Coast of the United States, including the New York-New Jersey Harbor region.  In response to these storms, the US …

A flooded street in Ship Bottom, NJ after heavy rains. Photo: Matt Drews

US Housing Market Overvalued by $200 Billion Due to Unpriced Climate Risks

Matt Drews2023

A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change examines the potential cost of unrealized flood risk in the American real estate market, finding that flood zone property prices are overvalued by  US$121–US$237 billion. Authored by researchers from Environmental Defense Fund, First Street Foundation, Resources for the Future, the Federal Reserve, and several academic institutions, the study also examined how unpriced …