Climate Resilience

 

Rhode Island Sea Grant Extension/URI Coastal Resources Center works to help communities become more resilient to the effects of climate change, including sea level rise and increased flooding.

The program assists state and local governments and coastal community members in creating policies that help them manage their resources comprehensively and develop vibrant waterfronts.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Aquidneck Island Resilience Strategy

This project is helping an array of government, private sector, and community partners in Aquidneck Island’s four communities – Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, and Naval Station Newport — use the best available science and public input to develop a five-year plan to prepare for coastal flooding and storm damage, key aspects of climate change. This project is funded by Prince Charitable Trusts and van Beuren Charitable Foundation.

Contact: Pam Rubinoff and Chris Condit, extension specialists for Rhode Island Sea Grant and URI Coastal Resources Center

Coastal Resiliency Training for Municipal Staff and Volunteer Boards

This state-funded project supports developing and providing coastal resiliency training to municipal staff, volunteer board members, and decision makers increasingly tasked with implementing coastal resiliency policies and practices that can better protect communities from flooding and erosion associated with storms and sea level rise. The program provides in-person training as well as webinar-based education and access to on-line support tools, such as the interactive STORMTOOLS mapping application.

Contact: Pam Rubinoff and Teresa Crean, extension specialists for Rhode Island Sea Grant and URI Coastal Resources Center

Rapid Property Assessment and Coastal Exposure (Rapid PACE)

This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides tailored coastal exposure assessments to government planning staff and volunteer boards seeking information about the threat to properties of coastal flooding from storms, sea level rise, and erosion. Site-specific information is compiled in the assessments and reflects current data from state government and University of Rhode Island mapping tools. Information areas include marsh migration, flood evacuation routes, transportation impacts, and shoreline change maps.

Contact: Pam Rubinoff, extension specialist for Rhode Island Sea Grant and URI Coastal Resources Center

Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Project

The Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Project (RI GRIP) is helping three Rhode Island coastal municipalities – Newport, North Kingstown, and Warwick – to design plans featuring green infrastructure tools and techniques for reducing the impacts of flooding and erosion, storms and sea level rise. Green infrastructure refers to the use of plants, rocks, sand and other natural landscaping to absorb and redirect water. It is increasingly being explored and implemented for its potential to provide cost-effective community protection. The project is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Contact: Pam Rubinoff, extension specialist for Rhode Island Sea Grant and the URI Coastal Resources Center

Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP)

Rhode Island is learning more about how flooding and erosion are shaping the coast through the Beach SAMP. The project is collecting new data about the shoreline and helping coastal communities use it in their planning to protect people and property from harm, and adapt to change over time. The Beach SAMP is an effort of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), and is facilitated by the URI Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant.

Contact: Teresa Crean, extension specialist for Rhode Island Sea Grant and the URI Coastal Resources Center

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