What will a rising sea do to our homes, businesses and the survival of our communities? Can we afford to pile enough sand on our shores to keep the ocean at bay? Beach engineering has been our only approach so far but is there something else out there to be explored? In Long Beach Island in NJ and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, surfers, politicians, scientists and residents are racing to answer these questions. While answers to these questions are yet to emerge, what’s generally agreed upon is that the development of our coastlines has put us in a tough predicament and it’s time to start looking for solutions. Shored Up is a documentary that asks tough questions about our coastal communities and our relationship to the land. [Read more...]
Insect infestations around the home can easily get out of control when residents don’t have effective ways to tackle the problem. Rutgers Extension Specialist in Entomology Changlu Wang, with Rutgers Department of Entomology, has been on the forefront of developing innovative ways to detect bedbugs and applying non-toxic treatments. He’s working with the New Brunswick Housing and Redevelopment Authority to develop a bedbug management program, which is supported by a Rutgers grant, and is designed to help low-income New Brunswick residents living in public housing. Read the story on Rutgers Today.
Iridium Communications Inc. and Rutgers University’s Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (RU COOL) today announced Iridium will be a key technology sponsor to the Challenger Glider Mission. The project, a symbolic re-creation of the first global scientific ocean survey conducted by the HMS Challenger in 1872, is led by Rutgers’ students and faculty. The mission plans to "fly" 16 autonomous underwater gliders worldwide, covering all five ocean basins, collecting an unprecedented undersea dataset to better equip researchers with the tools to predict the ocean’s future and its impact on global weather…"The technology underpinnings of this mission are truly enabling our researchers to gather more and better data than ever before, enhancing the basis of knowledge for future generations," said Scott Glenn, Co-leader of the Challgenger Glider Mission and Professor of Physical Oceanography at Rutgers University.
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A fleet of 16 autonomous underwater gliders will be sent off to explore the world’s oceans as part of an ambitious research project by Rutgers University researchers. Part of the Challenger Glider Mission Project, the underwater drones, each 2.2 metres long, will cruise the oceans at a rather modest speed of 35km per day gathering data about the current state of the oceans…The Challenger Glider Mission project, put together by the Coastal Ocean Observation Lab of the Rutgers University, has taken inspiration from the 1872 ocean survey conducted by the HMS Challenger. Starting this year and scheduled to last until 2016, the project aims to collect an unprecedented amount of data about the state of the world’s oceans. Each of the 16 gliders operated by the Rutgers University team is expected to travel between 6,000 and 8,000km during the mission’s duration.
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My friends in Iowa are digging cars and mailboxes out from under yet another snowstorm, so I don’t get much sympathy when I report yet another dry day of sunshine and high 60s. But President Obama, recognizing the relationship of California’s agricultural health to the nation’s food prices, brought some welcome attention as well as financial assistance to California’s historic drought recently when he visited Fresno and Firebaugh. There he saw first hand the problems reported nearly daily in our local papers: Reservoirs are drying up…Climate scientists looking at weather over the entire globe are starting to see changes which could bring on long-term shifts in climate. For example, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University, at a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago, says data indicate that warming in the Arctic has reduced the temperature difference between the Arctic and our middle latitudes.
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