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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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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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Power Struggle: Wind Energy in New England

By Dick Dahl | Courtesy of Roger Williams University Law Magazine   Cape Wind was positioned with what would’ve been the nation’s first offshore wind farm, but too many impediments stood in the way with further difficulties after National Grid and Northeast Utilities terminated their purchase agreements in January. However, Deepwater Wind has taken the reins with
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New Tools for Coastal Resilience

To better adapt to future flooding and erosion, storms and sea level rise, Rhode Island is underway in developing the Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach Samp). Several new tools have been developed to promote coastal resiliency in an effort to protect communities and environments: Adaptation Techniques for Coastal and Waterfront Businesses How to
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Marine Debris is Everyone’s Problem: 2015 Ocean Summit

“Marine debris isn’t just a sailor’s problem, it’s all of our problem,” said Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo at the 2015 Ocean Summit on Marine Debris held during the Volvo Ocean Race in Newport earlier this May. The Ocean Summit on Marine Debris, which was sponsored by The Embassy of Sweden, the U.S. State Department,
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