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Landscape Design to Improve Coastal Resilience

Three Rhode Island communities will serve as new pilot projects to increase coastal resilience to climate change impacts, such as sea level rise, flooding, and increased storminess. The project will explore landscape methods that are natural – or that mimic nature – to restore ecosystem services (habitat and stormwater filtration, for example) to developed areas. The
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Truths and Half-truths: Communicating Climate Change

Special report by Barbara Moran | Courtesy of Boston University Ted Smayda was a 28-year-old assistant marine biologist, “just one of the rinky-dinks,” he says, when he first started gathering data on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay more than 50 years ago. Smayda chugged into the bay on the University of Rhode Island’s research boat, the Billie II,
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Tool for Ocean Spatial Planning

April 16 Kickoff of Ocean SAMP Update

JOIN US for the official kickoff to update the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP)! The Ocean SAMP was a three-year process that placed Rhode Islanders in the driver’s seat to better understand how we use this offshore resource and why it is important biologically, culturally, and socially.  The Ocean SAMP is also key
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RI Delegation Announces $1.6 Million for RI Sea Grant

Press Release courtesy of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Funds to Help Protect RI Coastal and Marine Resources Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced over $1.6 million in federal funding from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program.
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An Ounce of Prevention: Probiotics Hold Potential for Shellfish Disease

Deep lacerations  scar the shells of lobsters. Entire populations of oysters die in less than 24 hours. These are the results of disease, potentially caused by bad bacteria. And although bacteria may be the cause, in it also lies potential for a solution. Can something as simple as a probiotic, the good bacteria, like the
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Coastal State Discussion Series | April 28

Join us for the next Coastal State Discussion, which will take a look at whether or not septic systems will be able to function as the climate changes. Jennifer Cooper, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Rhode Island, will discuss how increased surface temperatures, changing precipitation patterns and sea level rise impact conventional septic systems
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2015 Rhode Island Seafood Challenge

Rhode Island Seafood Challenge 2015

You are cordially invited to attend the Rhode Island Seafood Challenge 2015. The event is free, but seating is limited and a reservation is required. DATE: Friday, April 10, 2015 TIME: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. LOCATION: Johnson & Wales University, Harborside Campus Harborside Academic Center Amphitheater 265 Harborside Boulevard, Providence, R.I. 02905 DETAILS: For
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Preparing Ports to Ride Out the Storm

DEVASTATION FROM SUPERSTORM SANDY IN 2012 is still visible along the New Jersey shore, where thousands of houses were swept away or damaged, and it will be years before the destruction is no longer visible. The Port of New York and New Jersey was effectively shut down for one week after Sandy made landfall, resulting in
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Acidification Threatens Rhode Island’s Shellfish

Rhode Island is identified in a new study as one of the top at-risk areas from ocean acidification in the nation. A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change looks at impacts on shellfish stocks from ocean acidification, identifying Rhode Island waters as one of the top 15 at-risk areas in the nation. Mark Gibson,
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Battle With The Sea: Helping Salt Marshes Adapt To Rapidly Rising Seas

Courtesy of Rhode Island Public Radio By: Ambar Espinoza / RIPR Rhode Island is losing salt marshes at an alarming rate. Scientists and coastal planners say this is one of the most pressing climate change impacts already facing the Ocean State. Salt marshes are critical fish and wildlife habitats that support the state’s fishing and
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