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Ship Graveyards & Uncovering Our Maritime Heritage

JOIN US on Thursday, March 17    Rhode Island’s Largest Ship Graveyard What began as a preliminary survey in 2013 to remove hazardous and ‘ugly’ debris from the Seekonk and Providence rivers, turned into the discovery of “Rhode Island’s largest ship graveyard” with the finding of 26 late 19th and early 20th-century vessels near Bold
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Tell Me a Story: Redesigning Oakland Beach

“The students get exposure to the residents and stakeholders and decision makers at the local level and … to the challenges and problems that real decision makers face in moving forward with these design ideas.”

A Tale of Two Homes

Program helps make coastal residences more FORTIFIED against storm damage While many home buyers are drawn to living in coastal areas, that choice comes with certain risks. For many Rhode Island home and business owners, the issue of protecting their buildings from the elements is something that must be taken into consideration as a fact
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Understanding the Ocean’s Role in Absorbing Carbon Emissions

Research cruise tests new technologies As humans continue burning fossil fuels, much of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere eventually makes its way into the ocean. This past fall, the University of Rhode Island research vessel R/V Endeavor embarked on a week-long cruise on which scientists undertook research designed to help them better understand how
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New Federal Budget Gives Nod to the Oceans

THE HEALTH OF THE NATION’S OCEANS AND COASTS has been one of the primary concerns of Rhode Island’s Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. To provide adequate funding to address those issues, Whitehouse first introduced the National Endowment Act in 2010, along with Senator Jean Snowe, which was designed to enhance America’s coastal and ocean resources through protection, research,
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Tracking Sand: Scientist researches sea level rise, erosion in RI

As global climate change increasingly becomes an issue of international political concern, a URI scientist is conducting research to better understand the effects of climate change and sea level rise here in Rhode Island. Part of the work of John King, professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO),
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Ocean Acidification Threatens Shellfish

By Cynthia Drummond | Courtesy of the Westerly Sun NARRAGANSETT — As more carbon dioxide is pumped into the earth’s atmosphere, approximately 25 percent of it is being absorbed by the ocean, where it forms carbonic acid and changes the pH balance of seawater. Ocean acidification is a less-studied effect of the complex process of
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Islanders Want Solutions: Beyond Adaptation Strategies

Block Island is a unique, isolated landscape with marshes, beaches, and bluffs exposed to the forces of the Atlantic Ocean. Because of limited resources and space, residents here are more aware of the impacts from sea level rise and severe storms, and the importance of adaptive planning. Concerned citizens, public officials, and planners gathered on October
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Elevating Drowning Salt Marshes

While many coastal residents are seeking measures to protect their homes from a rising sea and increased flooding, one is quietly losing its bid on coastal real estate and could disappear forever. The saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow, a small, stocky songbird with an orange-yellow face, is a secretive bird that can easily go unnoticed—even more so
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Planning Ocean Space for the Future: Notes from the Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium

Since the beginning of July, Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound have been abuzz with barges, tugs, and supply vessels carrying steel pilings and jacket foundations, each weighing up to 450 tons, to build what will be the country’s first offshore wind farm. “It’s often a discussion on who has the right to be there,
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