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

New Jersey Environment News, climate change, Seaside, Jersey Shore

MARJORIE KAPLAN, LISA AUERMULLER and JEANNE HERB / STAR-LEDGER – 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 …

Marjorie Kaplan and Jeanne Herb are co-facilitators of the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance. Lisa Auermuller is assistant manager and Coastal Training Program coordinator at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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