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Predicting the Next “Superstorm”

Sandy, Irene, Katrina, Andrew, and Bob are all retired hurricane names that read like a list of exes whose wake of destruction was not anticipated and whom we hope to never see again. These storms were some of the costliest and deadliest storms in U.S. history, catching communities off-guard with severe winds, storm surge, and
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Storms May Have Big Impact on Ozone, Climate

Just before an onslaught of heavy rain, howling wind, and thundering lightning, there’s often a sharp, distinctive odor in the air. That’s the smell of ozone being carried down from higher altitudes by a storm’s downdrafts. High in the stratosphere, the second layer of the earth’s atmosphere, ozone acts as a protective shield. This is
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Rocky Point Arch

Shoreline-ri.com: Visiting Rocky Point State Park More Than a Nostalgia Tour

I was due for a visit to Rocky Point State Park to add it to our shoreline-ri.com web app. The description on the state parks website was not encouraging. It was full of nine sensible rules for safety (stay on the path!) and keeping the park clean (don’t remove anything from the park, other than
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GoLocalProv Talks to RISG Director 

Rhode Island Sea Grant Director Dennis Nixon talks to GoLocalProv about Sea Grant’s impact on the state’s environment and economy and potential budget cuts that may shut down the program nationwide.  >>Watch  

Shoreline-ri.com: An Afternoon at Crescent Park

One of the things I always imagined doing with my kids, before I had kids, was taking them to places I went as a child, introducing them to the wonders of nature, and basking in their loving appreciation. In reality, this has met with mixed success. Nine years in, I’ve realized that fun and fast
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Boat Disposal Plan Progresses

Sea Grant looks for opportunities to reduce waste from composite boatbuilding. By Melissa Wood Courtesy of Professional BoatBuilder Magazine Last year PBB investigated several potential solutions to reduce waste from composite boatbuilding and to dispose of the pile of unwanted used composite boats. Those included developments in carbon fiber recycling, and the introduction of materials
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shucking shellfish at RI Shellfish Initiative launch

Rhode Island Shellfish Initiative to Bolster Shellfishing, Aquaculture, and Bay Health

Aquaculture and shellfishing are multi-million dollar industries in Rhode Island, but there are challenges to both industries’ continued growth. On one hand, Narragansett Bay is cleaner than it has been since the Industrial Revolution. On the other, climate change is increasing water temperatures and paving the way for ocean acidification that harms shellfish. Other challenges
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Girl Scout Beach at King Preserve

Shoreline-ri.com: Hiking at King Preserve

I don’t know how it is for other people, but for me, hiking with kids was not something I did too much of until mine were 7 and 9 years old—which is to say, we’ve just begun. In prior years, even short neighborhood walks were met with groans of boredom and exhaustion while our home
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RISG’s Pam Rubinoff on Accelerated Sea Level Rise with WPRI

Courtesy of WPRI 12 EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The ocean is a major resource for Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They’re not called the Ocean State and the Bay State for nothing. So sea level rise is a vitally important issue for our area and according to local researchers, our coastline will change dramatically in
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Quahog Hot Spots in Narragansett Bay

Some areas of Narragansett Bay, such as Barrington Beach, are well-known quahog hot spots. But how did they get that way? And is a “spawning sanctuary” in the bay, where no shellfishing is allowed, effective? Should it be moved elsewhere, or should an additional site be established? Researchers at the University of Rhode Island Graduate
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