Here’s how to save New Jersey from the rising tide

June 23, 2019

By Marjorie Kaplan, Lisa Auermuller and Jeanne Herb

As we approach the seventh anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, we are asked – as we have been every autumn since 2012 — “Are we better prepared for the next Sandy?” Our answer: In some places and with respect to some structures and systems, we probably are, but in many others we are not or we won’t know until the next big storm.

MORE: Find all the essays in this series at nj.com/sea-rise.

We have been working together on issues related to preparedness in the face of sea-level rise in New Jersey since before Superstorm Sandy, but that seminal event provided an opportunity to further our applied research and advance a dialogue on an issue that, even post-Sandy, some policymakers and elected officials still shy away from.

Rutgers, with a mission of service to New Jersey, is in a unique position to provide continuity to address the factual realities of climate change independent of politics. As “pracademics” – or academicians who also are practitioners – we translate science to inform policy and action for local communities as well as specific sectors of society that are affected by sea-level rise.

NJ.com, June 23, 2019

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