New Climate Infographic and More in Coastodian Autumn 2016

October 17th, 2016

From Marine Science Day Camp at Sandy Hook to Pennsylvania Coast Day in Philadelphia, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium staff have been busy across the state and beyond. We hope you enjoy our recap of our action-packed summer and a fall preview in the Autumn 2016 edition of Coastodian.

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Rip Current Research At The Jersey Shore

October 15th, 2016

While the beach is a relatively safe spot for summertime fun, there is often something dangerous lurking in the water — rip currents!

In order to better understand this beach hazard, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium extension specialists and Stevens Coastal Center researchers spent a few days at the beach launching brightly colored drifters into the water, hoping to catch a current. These drifters, equipped with GPS units, can measure speed and direction.

The team used rip current data-logging drifters loaned by North Carolina Sea Grant as part of an ongoing rip current collaboration across the Sea Grant network. Read more about New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s Rip Current Awareness Program.

Researchers study rip currents in Ocean City, N.J. Photos by Amy Williams.

Coastal Resiliency at PA Coast Day

October 15th, 2016
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium staff ventured to Pennsylvania Coast Day. Dr. Michael Schwebel, NJSGC/Urban Coast Institute community resilience and climate adaptation specialist, taught visitors about resilience. Visitors utilized shells and other items to protect models of communities against storms in a wave tank. Dr. Peter Rowe, NJSGC’s director of research and extension, taught visitors about an extremely important species, the horseshoe crab.
Visitors used a wave tank and learned about horseshoe crabs. Photos by Michael Schwebel.

Educators Present Storm Surge Curriculum

October 15th, 2016
What exactly is storm surge? What causes it and how is it measured? NJSGC’s educators sought to answer these questions and more in their Understanding Storm Surge lesson plan. This Summer, Claire Antonucci, NJSGC executive director, and Diana Burich, K-12 program coordinator, presented their storm surge curriculum module at the National Marine Educators Association Conference. The module was created by Mindy Voss, education specialist, as a response to the findings of the Coastal Storm Awareness Program. View and download Understanding Storm Surge as well as other curriculum developed by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium here.
Educators follow along and complete activities included in the lesson plan. Photos by Claire Antonucci.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Offers Fall Education Programs

September 7th, 2016

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Sandy Hook and participate in one of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s education programs. In addition to full day field trip programs, this fall you can book a half-day session or receive reduced rates for our Native American programs (November only).

Reserve your program now by calling Sandy at 732-872-1300, ext. 13 or by email at

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Infographic Illustrates Americans’ Opinions on Climate

August 30th, 2016
How do Americans feel about climate change?

A new infographic created by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute visualizes the beliefs of Americans on this key topic.

Using data collected in a December 2015 Monmouth University poll, Dr. Michael Schwebel, community resilience and climate adaptation specialist for New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Urban Coast Institute, developed this infographic to bring the data to life.

According to the poll, 7 in 10 Americans believe that the world’s climate is undergoing a change leading to more extreme weather patterns and sea level rise. A majority of participants were convinced that climate change would impact both coastal and inland communities but had differing opinions on the extent of the human impact of climate change.

The infographic also provides information on how New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is working to better understand and communicate the impacts of climate change in coastal and inland communities. The infographic, which was adapted from a template provided by Delaware Sea Grant, can be viewed and downloaded at

To view the complete poll, visit

If you are interested in a receiving hard copies of the poster, please contact Dr. Michael Schwebel at Click here to download the PDF or the high resolution version here.

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Trash To Treasure

August 20th, 2016

Imagine Your Park, Imagine The Art

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium has partnered with local artist Lisa Bagwell to bring attention to local art, our national parks and environmental science. Bagwell specializes in creating sculptures out of discarded plastics and other trash. See some of her art on her website.

This project is part of a collaboration by Monmouth Arts with National Park Service and Gateway National Recreation Area – Sandy Hook to engage the public with local national parks through art.

During this summer, Bagwell worked with campers at the Consortium to create art out of recycled materials found around Sandy Hook.

You can see Bagwell in action during the Zero Waste Arts Fest, a festival meant to engage diverse communities through an array of arts, environmental and historical education activities, public art and battery tours, games, arts and food vendors, and free family fun. The festival will take place on September 17 and 18. Bagwell will create a sculpture during the festival created from garbage thrown out during the two day event.

Other organizations partnered with artists for this Monmouth Arts project include Clean Ocean Action, American Littoral Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Learn more about the projects and Zero Waste Arts Fest here.

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New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Staff Featured in CUNY TV Program on Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge

August 11th, 2016

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium staff were featured in a segment on the City University of New York TV’s Science & U.

Dr. Jon Miller. coastal processes specialist, and Dr. Amy Williams, coastal ecosystems extension agent, spoke to Lisa Beth Kovetz of Science & U while gathered at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s Annual State of the Shore Media Event. Read more about the show here.

Underwater Exploration Program Launched

July 21st, 2016

Join New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Jenkinson’s Aquarium for a special Junior Keepers Underwater Exploration program on August 12 at the Aquarium located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. Campers will learn why we explore our oceans and how aquariums play a role in conservation. Find out what happens behind the scene at the aquarium, and work in teams to design, build and deploy a remotely-operated underwater vehicle in one of the tanks. The four-hour program is recommended for ages 11 to 15 and costs $80 per child. Space is limited so do not hesitate to sign up. To register call Jenkinson’s Aquarium at 732-899-1659.


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