New reports inform efforts to increase NJ's resilience to regional sea-level rise

October 11, 2016

The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Advisory Committee convened a Science and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to synthesize for practitioners the most recent climate science needed to inform efforts to increase the resilience of New Jersey’s people, places, and assets (including infrastructure, communities and natural resources) to regional sea-level rise (SLR), changing coastal storms and the resulting flood risk.

The output of the STAP are two reports. The first, Assessing New Jersey’s Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: Report of the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance Science and Technical Advisory Panel, summarizes the deliberations of the scientists who participated in the STAP. The second, Assessing New Jersey’s Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: A Companion Report to the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Science and Technical Advisory Panel Report, describes how coastal hazard data and coastal climate change impacts are currently being addressed in New Jersey.

The reports provide comprehensive and detailed descriptions of several important issues, including:

  • Sea-level rise magnitude
  • Sea-level rise rates
  • Coastal storms
  • Exposure assessments
  • Current use of climate data and science
  • Needs of coastal communities

Researchers will continue to work with communities, coastal planners, and decision makers, and intend to further develop and deploy guidance for using the methods outlined in the two reports. A summary and the full reports can be found at http://njadapt.rutgers.edu/resources/nj-sea-level-rise-reports. Questions regarding the reports can be directed to Dr. Marjorie Kaplan or Jeanne Herb.

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