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NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Open for 2018 Applicants

NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Since 1999, Sea Grant and NMFS have partnered to train
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Unlocking the Past is Key for the Future

Sometimes to move forward you have to go back – sometimes as far as hundreds of thousands or millions of years. This is the case for scientists looking to reconstruct the past in order to better understand climatic changes happening today and what may be expected in the future. What researchers are finding is that while
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How Rhode Island Can Resist Rising Seas

Gone are the days when coastal infrastructure could be built for a slowly changing environment. By Alex Kuffner | Courtesy of The Providence Journal WARWICK — Tucked in amongst the grass and shrubs along the shoreline just a short walk from Oakland Beach is a patch of crumbling asphalt. This is where Sea View Drive
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Researchers Assess Community Support for Shellfish Aquaculture in Rhode Island

Over the past 20 years, the amount of submerged land used for aquaculture in Rhode Island has been growing steadily, with some stakeholders expressing concerns about user conflicts, leaving coastal managers in need of better understanding the social issues related to aquaculture development. Tracey Dalton and Robert Thompson, both University of Rhode Island marine affairs
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Carbon: Too Much of a Good Thing

Carbon is the backbone of life. It is literally in our bones among everything else from plants and rocks to the air we breathe and in the oceans. With the unique ability to bond to a multitude of atoms, carbon can build large, complex carbon-based molecules necessary to sustain all living matter. “It’s fuel and
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The Woonasquatucket River

Shoreline-ri.com: Waterplace and India Point Parks

It was a beautiful August afternoon—a perfect day to spend some time by the water. My older son and I had about three hours, the length of his brother’s playdate, with one caveat—we had to be close enough to return quickly in case the playdate went sour, such as if, for example, someone broke an
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Predicting the Next “Superstorm”

Sandy, Irene, Katrina, Andrew, and Bob are all retired hurricane names that read like a list of exes whose wake of destruction was not anticipated and whom we hope to never see again. These storms were some of the costliest and deadliest storms in U.S. history, catching communities off-guard with severe winds, storm surge, and
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Storms May Have Big Impact on Ozone, Climate

Just before an onslaught of heavy rain, howling wind, and thundering lightning, there’s often a sharp, distinctive odor in the air. That’s the smell of ozone being carried down from higher altitudes by a storm’s downdrafts. High in the stratosphere, the second layer of the earth’s atmosphere, ozone acts as a protective shield. This is
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Rocky Point Arch

Shoreline-ri.com: Visiting Rocky Point State Park More Than a Nostalgia Tour

I was due for a visit to Rocky Point State Park to add it to our shoreline-ri.com web app. The description on the state parks website was not encouraging. It was full of nine sensible rules for safety (stay on the path!) and keeping the park clean (don’t remove anything from the park, other than
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“PREP-RI” Videos Offer Coastal Hazard Resilience Training

Rhode Island planners and anyone else wanting to learn about improving their coastal community’s resilience to flooding and erosion can view a series of short educational videos online at the PREP-RI website. PREP-RI stands for “Providing Resilience Education for Planning in Rhode Island,” and is funded by the state. The Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea
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