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Just the Facts


State of the Climate:
New Jersey 2022

The New Jersey State of the Climate Report summarizes annually updated scientific information on climate trends and projections that can be used by state and local decision-makers, researchers, hazard planning and climate resilience professionals, and residents. The New Jersey State of the Climate Report is developed by Rutgers University through its hosting of the New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center. The report provides end users with the information
they need to monitor changing climate conditions to prepare for future impacts.

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2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s first scientific report on climate change summarizes the current state of knowledge regarding the effects of climate change on New Jersey’s environment. This report collects the best available science and existing data regarding the current and anticipated environmental effects of climate change globally, nationally, regionally, and locally to present state-specific information to inform State and local decision-makers as they understand and respond to its impacts.

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Report of the 2019 Science and Technology Advisory Panel

New Jersey's Rising Seas and Changing Coastal Storms

In 2016 Rutgers University convened a New Jersey Science and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) on Sea-Level Rise and Changing Coastal Storms 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.  

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Economic Impacts of Climate Change in New Jersey

A Review and Assessment Conducted by the Center for Integrative Environmental Research, University of Maryland

The debate to date has primarily focused on the perceived costs of alternative solutions, yet there can also be significant costs of inaction. Climate change will affect our water, energy, transportation, and public health systems, as well as state economies as climate change impact a wide range of important economic sectors from agriculture to manufacturing to tourism. This report, part of a series of state studies, highlights the economic impacts of climate change in New Jersey and provides examples of additional ripple effects such as reduced spending in other sectors and resulting losses of jobs, wages, and even tax revenues.

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The Delaware River Floods of 2004, 2005, and 2006:  Causes and Lessons Learned

American Society of Civil Engineers World Environmental and Water Resource Congress 2007: Restoring Our Natural Habitat.

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U.S. Billion-dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

Data Sources, Trends, Accuracy and Biases

This paper focuses on the U.S. Billion-dollar Weather/Climate Disaster report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center.

Sea Level Rise in New Jersey

Projections and Impacts

Sea level rise poses a threat to people and property in coastal areas around the world and is especially acute in New Jersey. Sea level at the Jersey Shore has risen about 18 inches since the early 1900s, more than twice the global mean of about 8 inches. Even more concerning, the rate of sea level rise is accelerating.


National Hurricane Center Tropical Storm Report

Ida was a category 4 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) that caused catastrophic damage when it made landfall in southeastern Louisiana. It also made landfall in western Cuba as a category 1 hurricane. Ida later became an extratropical low that caused heavy rain and deadly flooding in the northeastern United States.


National Hurricane Center Tropical Storm Report

Because of its tremendous size, however, Sandy drove a catastrophic storm surge into the New Jersey and New York coastlines. Preliminary U.S. damage estimates are near $50 billion, making Sandy the second-costliest cyclone to hit the United States since 1900.

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