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DES Centennial Celebration

Environmental Sciences Seminar

DATE/TIME: Monday, May 1, 2023, 12:00 pm

Subhasis Giri
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Vision for an Integrated Research and Extension Program to Enhance Climate Resiliency for New Jersey

There is a growing scientific consensus on climate change and it is regarded as one of the primary stressors that humanity is facing in the 21st Century. Changing climate has larger implications on different components of hydrological cycle leading to increasing the risk of droughts and flooding at locale to regional scale. The impacts of climate change including rising global temperature and changing precipitation pattern are already affecting ecosystems, biodiversity, and human systems throughout the world. Climate change is also profound in New Jersey as it faces severe flooding due to extreme events almost every year. Furthermore, different climate change phenomena including rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, more frequent severe weather, and sea level rise is ubiquitous in New Jersey. Therefore, changing precipitation and temperature patterns are likely to intensify both flooding and drought in coming decades in New Jersey. Additionally, increase in extreme precipitation events are increasing critical source areas (CSAs) in the watershed leading to amplification of water quality degradation in New Jersey. Keeping above factors in my mind, this seminar will focus on potential three primary issues in New Jersey followed by extension programs to address these issues. Next, research technique to support these extension programs will be discussed. Finally, several examples of research and outreach experiences will be discussed to support extension program in "Climate Service" for the State of New Jersey.

Seminar Host:
Mark Miller
Department of Environmental Sciences