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Rhode Island Sea Grant Bids Farewell to Founder Dr. John Knauss

Dr. John A. Knauss, one of the founders of the National Sea Grant College Program and founding Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) at the University of Rhode Island, passed away last month in Rhode Island, where he had lived for over 50 years. “Rhode Island is fortunate to have been home to
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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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Announcing the 2016 Coastal Management Fellowship

NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management announces the 2016 Coastal Management Fellowship, a 2-year opportunity that matches postgraduate students with state coastal resources agencies to work on coastal projects. Any student completing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree in natural resources management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2015, and July
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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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Announcing the 2017 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship 

We invite qualified individuals to submit applications to the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program for the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Approximately thirty individuals are selected nationally for this prestigious Fellowship to spend a year in Washington, D.C., working in Congress or the Executive Branch on critical marine policy and resource management
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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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Rhode Island's Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History

Rhode Island shellfish book honored at Celebration of the Humanities

The Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resources Center at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, and author Sarah Schumann were honored at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ 2015 Celebration of the Humanities. The URI group was one of four honorees at the event
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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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By CYNTHIA DRUMMOND | Courtesy of The Westerly Sun One of the fastest-growing industries in southern New England, aquaculture is having a significant impact on the economies, public policies and environments of the coastal states where it is taking place. Industry representatives, policy analysts and scientists gathered Wednesday at a Metcalf Institute seminar at the
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Saharan Dust Cools Down Hurricane Season

The month of August was the official midway point in the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season – a period of time that has yielded the formation of just one hurricane-force storm thus far. Hurricane experts are anticipating many fewer storms in the Atlantic this year, likely as a result of cooler-than-average water temperatures in tropical and
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