This report is an essential step toward the goal of developing policy recommendations to enhance climate change preparedness. To that end, we summarize key gaps identified to date through a thorough and ongoing stakeholder outreach process that will inform thoughtful evolution of policyrecommendations. However, we first provide context regarding New Jersey’s changing climate and vulnerabilities.
It is virtually impossible to discuss climate change in New Jersey without addressing the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Every aspect of our work since Sandy is colored by an awareness of the personal losses suffered by communities throughout the state. Nevertheless, it is essential to understand this report as a holistic response to global and regional trends that began long before Sandy reached our shores and are expected to continue for many decades after.