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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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Beach Profiling to Track Changes to Our Shoreline

Last month the Coastal Resources Management Council, along with the University of Rhode Island Department of Geosciences and Eastern Connecticut State University, offered a free training session in the Modified Emery Method (a.k.a two sticks and a string) – a fast and inexpensive method to track changes to the shoreline – to show how beach profiling
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Fiberglass Boats Pose New Recycling Challenge

Rhode Island Sea Grant Director, Dennis Nixon, says that fiberglass boats are posing a new problem as “Abandoned and Derelict Vessels (ADV),” which include a variety of boats from trawlers and barges to sailboats. Nixon has been investigating boat recycling and says: ‘I have learned so far that boat recycling will have to be subsidized
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Mapping Japanese Tsunami Debris and Marine Invasions: Understanding Natural Disasters and Implications of New Species

It was 2:45 p.m. on March 11, 2011, when the Tohoku region of Japan was hit with a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake, the most powerful earthquake to have ever hit Japan and fourth most powerful in the world, resulting in a catastrophic tsunami and meltdown of  three nuclear reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
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Research Proposal Call for Ocean Acidification in the Northeast

NORTHEAST SEA GRANT COLLEGE CONSORTIUM CALL FOR PRELIMINARY REGIONAL RESEARCH PROPOSALS ON THE IMPACTS OF OCEAN ACIDIFICATION ON KEY COASTAL MARINE RESOURCE SPECIES IN THE NORTHEAST The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium (consisting of the Sea Grant programs in the Northeast including New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, MIT, Woods Hole, New Hampshire, Maine and Lake Champlain), in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification
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Nature or Nurture for Sandy-Damaged Shorelines

Prior to Sandy, beaches with artificial barriers and nearby development in New York, as well as Rhode Island, had fallen behind on sand nourishment and preservation, and subsequently suffered significant damage from the storm. Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly went decades without new sand. The shoreline has a significant fixed infrastructure with roads and parking lots,
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