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StormTools Demonstration in North Kingstown Helps Residents Understand Flood Risk

On July 8th, Janet Freedman, coastal geologist for the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council met with a group of local residents at the North Kingstown Free Library to demonstrate STORMTOOLS, a new online mapping service for property owners in the Ocean State.  Used to support studies of coastal management, STORMTOOLS predicts impacts of sea
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Beach SAMP Shares Progress With Stakeholders

  Damage from coastal storms and the anticipation of sea level rise has dramatically increased public interest in what can be done to mitigate shoreline impacts. The Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (also known as Beach SAMP) is expanding the tools and research necessary to prepare the Ocean State for impending sea level rise.
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Harmful Algae Species Identified in Narragansett Bay

In Narragansett Bay, the arrival of warm weather can lead to algal blooms that can form large rusty red or green mats on the water surface, which can create low-oxygen environments and contaminate shellfish – a potential harm to the state’s $14 million oyster and clam wild and farmed harvests. This rapid growth of phytoplankton is caused by temperate
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Ocean Planning to Balance Demands of Coastal Waters

In case you missed Capitol Hill’s Ocean Week, sponsored by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, here’s a segment of OceansLive featuring Rhode Island Sea Grant’s Extension Director Jennifer McCann. McCann was part of a panel discussing how ocean planning can defuse conflicts between various users of coastal waters, and how to maximize the value of oceans.
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Aquaculture is Agriculture: R.I. Shellfish Management Plan Updates

Since the November launch of Rhode Island’s Shellfish Management Plan (SMP), research and outreach efforts have continued, and the SMP stakeholder meeting held at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography on June 25th was an opportunity to share recent progress as well as promote upcoming efforts. Since the fall, the SMP team has worked to turn
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A Recipe for Disaster: Climate, Coastal Urbanization, and Water

Major population shifts from rural to urban areas are creating challenges for many environments and landscapes, especially along the coasts where 35 of the 50 largest cities in the world are located, said Geoffrey Scott, Chairman of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Scott spoke at the Metcalf Institute’s 2015
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Marine Industrial Revolution: Human Impacts on the Ocean

In the past 500 years, nearly 500 animal extinctions have occurred on land while scientists have observed only 15 losses in marine species globally. Nevertheless, it is clear that the global ocean is facing a multitude of challenges, many of which threaten to further decrease biodiversity, according to Douglas McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California,
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Making Sense of Uncertainty: What do Climate Models Tell Us?

“Models are always wrong, but they can be useful,” said Claudia Tebaldi, a statistician at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, during her presentation on the uncertainty of climate models at the 2015 Metcalf Institute’s Public Lecture Series. The physics of heat and temperature ultimately determine how our environment changes over time, but that doesn’t stop
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Happy World Oceans Day

Rhode Island Sea Grant Director Dennis Nixon and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse share thoughts on ocean health both locally and globally to honor World Oceans Day.

Watch 2015 Ocean Summit on Marine Debris

The Volvo Group, sponsor of the Volvo Ocean Race, has released a new video of the 2015 Ocean Summit on Marine Debris, which was held in Newport, R.I., on May 15 during the race’s North American stopover. “Sailors have given us a call to action. We ignore it at our own peril,” said Dennis Nixon,
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