The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recently announced the release of a new study projecting dramatic sea-level rise in New Jersey. According to the report, sea level in New Jersey could rise from 2000 levels by up to 1.1 feet by 2030, 2.1 feet by 2050, and 6.3 feet by 2100. The report also shows that New Jersey has already been disproportionately affected by climate change, with sea-level rise projections in New Jersey more than two times the global average.
The Rising Seas and Changing Coastal Storms study, commissioned by DEP and prepared by Rutgers University and leading climate change experts, was released December 12 during the first meeting of the newly formed Interagency Council on Climate Resilience. The Council was formed by Governor Murphy’s recent Executive Order 89, which commits the state to developing and implementing a Statewide Climate Resilience Strategy.