Building a Resilient Newport

Rising sea levels and increasing development and tourism squeeze an already limited space that separates the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Pond. This sliver of shoreline, about 400-feet wide, is sandwiched between two highly trafficked areas, Newport and Middletown. It includes one of Newport’s prime beaches, Easton’s Beach, which also acts as a storm buffer for
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Recreation and Climate in Coastal Salt Ponds

Rhode Island can expect to see some changes to its coastal recreation landscape and economy as temperatures rise rapidly with climate change. Average temperatures for the state are expected to jump 3˚F to 10˚F by 2080, according to the National Climate Assessment. “Weather considerably affects” outdoor recreation levels, said Emily Patrolia, a masters graduate from the
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Protecting Historic Structures and Cultural Treasures from Rising Waters

By PEARL MACEK | Courtesy ecoRI News  NEWPORT, R.I. — “We can’t stop it anymore,” said John Englander, an oceanographer and sea-level-rise consultant. “Everybody is struggling with this.” Englander, who wrote a book titled “High Tide on Main Street,” was just one of the 52 speakers at the recent “Keeping History Above Water” conference held
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Aquaculture and Recreation Vie for Salt Pond Use

By LEIGH VINCOLA | Courtesy of ecoRI News  Rhode Island’s aquaculture industry is on a steady rise, and people with a vested interest in salt ponds have expressed concern about the proper management of aquaculture farm leases. Once an aquaculture farm is set, the area can’t be utilized for other purposes. While the general sentiment across
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Rhode Island Sea Grant Invests $1.5M in Fisheries and Climate Research

Narragansett –– Rhode Island Sea Grant has awarded nearly $1.5 million over the next two years to research projects focused on topics from local seafood consumption, shellfish disease and population dynamics to the impacts of climate change on commercially important species in Narragansett Bay, beach erosion, and the ecological and human implications associated with the
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Time to Disclose Threats to Coastal Property Buyers?

Rhode Island doesn’t require disclosure to potential property buyers of future sea level rise and other climate-related threats. Is it time to change that? By Dan Kopin | 41˚N As Rhode Island prepares for sea levels to rise three to five feet or more, as well as for more frequent and intense storms due to
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Touring Historic Storms in Rhode Island

“Touring Historic Storms in Rhode Island,” is a new map journal that showcases the some of the most major storms to hit the state, including the Great Hurricane of 1938, Hurricane Carol (1954), and Superstorm Sandy (2012). Historical photographs are combined with storm track images and flood maps generated from STORMTOOLS  and can be located
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Ocean SAMP Celebrates Success after 5 years

By Shaun Kirby | Courtesy of RICentral NARRAGANSETT—“When this process began, no one was confident that it would work,” said Ken Payne of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography on the Ocean Special Area Management Plan. Five years later, the collaboration between numerous stakeholder groups has developed a policy document which has helped
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Mallows Bay Ship Graveyard a Map for Rhode Island

Site suggests the future for Bold Point’s wrecks. Mallows Bay, a remote stretch of the Potomac River in Maryland, 30 miles downriver from Washington, D.C., is the largest ship graveyard in the nation. It contains over 230 individual wrecks, including over 100 steam vessels manufactured during World War I. This site, which is currently on
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Aquaculture and Recreation in Coastal Salt Ponds

Resources managers seek to strike a balance between competing uses of Rhode Island’s salt ponds. This research looks at people’s attitudes towards aquaculture, current uses of the ponds, and what impacts climate change will have.

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