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Request for New Jersey Climate-Related Research


As part of the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Priority to “Reduce and Respond to Climate Change”, three key goals have been established:

  • Engage in a robust public dialogue about the impacts of climate change;
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the New Jersey Global Warming Response Act 2050 limit and the Governor’s Clean Energy goals; and,
  • Create resilient coastlines and flood-prone areas.

The work the DEP needs to do to reach each of these goals requires being current with the latest New Jersey-specific data and analyses. Fortunately, New Jersey is home to many higher education institutions, both public and private, engaging in cutting-edge climate-related research. This research work is critical to support the DEP’s on-going climate efforts, including, but not limited to, development of the 2050 Greenhouse Gas Recommendations Report; development of a comprehensive greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting rule; and Coastal and Climate Resiliency planning. In addition, these studies could help the DEP affirm or redirect existing programs, initiate new programs or substantiate existing efforts based on the current state of the science. Finally, this data could help facilitate a public dialogue on climate change, including enhancing the DEP’s climate website.

To continue to further its scientific knowledge regarding the causes and impacts of climate change, as well as workable methods to address greenhouse gas emissions and increase the State’s resiliency, the Department requests that its higher education institutions identify completed or on-going climate-related research. This is not a solicitation for new research, and no funding will be made available. This is an opportunity for the Department to inventory the higher education climate research in the State to supplement State climate efforts. In addition, the Department is looking to identify those key academics in New Jersey that are working on climate-related research. These efforts will help facilitate the Department’s on-going dialogue with its higher education institutions related to climate to increased coordination, and submittals to this request will be the first step in directing those discussions.

Specific Climate Research Request

New Jersey’s higher education institutions are asked to submit research either completed within the last 5 years or due to be completed by the end of 2019 related to the climate mitigation, adaptation/resiliency, and climate related social science and public health research. Research need not be New Jersey-specific but must be scalable in a way that would be meaningful for New Jersey climate efforts. Research could look at these topics through a social, human health, environmental or economic lens.

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Climate Research Self Identification

The Department is looking to identify those key academics in New Jersey and the region that are working on climate-related research. If you would like to be part of the climate research dialogue with New jersey, please complete the form below.

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