New Jersey State Climatologist
The Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist (ONJSC) serves as the focal point for activities pertaining to the climate of the Garden State. The ONJSC is responsible for collecting and archiving climate data, maintaining an active research program pertaining to New Jersey climate and, through various outreach programs, providing climate education and information to the citizens of New Jersey. ONJSC highlights include the NJ Weather and Climate Network, arguably the most spatially dense mesonet in the country, media interviews often exceeding 300 annually, research on topics ranging from urban climates to insect pest management to climate change, and contributions to university, state and national programs related to issues such as drought, emergency management and homeland security.
State Climate Offices are an integral component of the National Climate Service Partnership, which also includes NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and six Regional Climate Centers (RCCs). State climate offices recognized by the American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) work closely with one another, and with the regional and national counterparts, to provide climate data and services at the local level. Specifically, AASC recognized state climate offices (or ARSCOs) provide one or more of the following services:
1) Coordinate and collect weather observations for the purpose of climate monitoring; 2) Summarize and disseminate weather and climate information to the user community; 3) Demonstrate to the user community the value of climate information in the decision making process; 4) Perform climate impact assessments and weather event evaluations; 5) Conduct climate research, diagnosis, and projections.
The New Jersey State Climate Office is recognized by the AASC.
Phone: (732) 445-4741
- National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
- Rutgers University
- American Association of State Climatologists (AASC)