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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 …

The Fox Point Hurricane Barrier following completion in March 1966 (Providence, Rhode Island). Photo taken by the New England Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Waltham, Massachusetts).

Two Rhode Island Coastal Flood Defense Projects Provide Lessons for Making Future Infrastructure Projects More Successful

Matt Drews2022

More than ten years have passed since Hurricane Sandy exposed New York City to devastating coastal flooding. Several cost-effective flood megaprojects, including levees and storm surge barriers, have been presented to the NY-NJ region to prevent future billion-dollar disasters, but none have moved forward. Researchers studying climate adaptation have put forward theories about why so few cities have built cost-effective …

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 Drews2022

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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Burying Short Sections of Power lines could Drastically Reduce Hurricanes’ Impact on Coastal Residents

Matt Drews2022

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 …

Norfolk, VA Flooding

Hurricane Flood Risk and Sea Level Rise

Matt Drews2022

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 …