coastal institute

Narragansett Bay Campus, Room 124, Narragansett, RI 02882


Think Big, We Do.
Rhode Island Seal


The Coastal Institute actively collaborates with a number of partners including state and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and community groups.



RI DEM provides science-based management of Rhode Island’s environmental resources. Together with many partners, DEM offers assistance to individuals, business and municipalities, conduct research, find solutions, and enforce laws created to protect the environment.

Partner Projects: Excellence in Bay Management, communication consulting, neutral forums on regulatory issues, collaboration with the Office of Emergency Response

NPS preserves the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. NPS extends the benefits of conservation and outdoor recreation throughout the U.S. and the world.

Partner Projects: North Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, student internships

The NBEP protects and preserves Narragansett Bay and its watershed through partnerships that conserve and restore natural resources, enhance water quality, and promote community involvement. The Coastal Institute serves on the Management and Executive Committees.

Partner Projects: Watershed Counts

Rhode Island Sea Grant works in the state, the region, and beyond to discover answers to issues affecting coastal resources and the people who depend on them. Rhode Island Sea Grant funds coastal and ocean research as well as runs high-quality outreach and education programs that address the needs of resource managers and users.

Partner Projects: Shellfish Management Plan, 41N, Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan

CRC advances sound coastal governance worldwide by mobilizing governments, business and communities to work together as stewards of coastal ecosystems. With their partners, the CRC strives to define and achieve the health, equitable allocation of wealth, and sustainable intensities of human activity at the transition between the land and the sea.

Partner Projects: RI Climate Change Collaborative, Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan, Shellfish Management Plan

The RI BRW CT is a state interagency commission dedicated to the protection, management, restoration, and sustainable development of Rhode Island’s fresh and marine waters and watersheds. This includes the Environmental Monitoring Collaborative, which develops and implements a strategy for an environmental monitoring program including baselines, protocols, guidelines, and environmental indicators.

Partner Projects: RI Environmental Monitoring Collaborative

Save The Bay protects, restores, and improves the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay region through an ecosystem-based approach to environmental action; defends the right of the public to use and enjoy the Bay and its surrounding waters; and fosters an ethic of environmental stewardship among people who live in or visit the Narragansett Bay region.

Partner Projects: Excellence in Bay Management, Watershed Counts

The CRMC is a management agency with regulatory functions. Its primary responsibility is for the preservation, protection, development and, where possible, the restoration of the coastal areas of the state via the issuance of permits for work with the coastal zone of the state.

Partner Projects: Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan

The EDC is a geographic information system (GIS) laboratory in the URI Department of Natural Resources Science, College of Environmental and Life Sciences specializing in GIS data analysis, mapping, and information distribution.

Partner Projects: applications of GIS to environmental disaster

Watershed Watch is a volunteer water quality monitoring program that works with local communities to assess water quality, identify sources of pollution in water and provide information about water leading to more effective management of critical water resources. Led by trained scientists, Watershed Watch helps local governments, watershed, tribal and other organizations recruit and train volunteers to become citizen scientists gathering detailed, quality assured monitoring data.

Partner Projects: water quality database development

The Metcalf Institute promotes clear and accurate reporting of scientific news and environmental issues; strengthens understanding and working relationships between the scientific community and the news media; and provides opportunities for beginning journalists to improve their skills in marine and environmental reporting.

Partner Projects: TBD

As one of 27 reserves in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, NBNERR works to preserve, protect, and restore coastal and estuarine ecosystems of Narragansett Bay through long-term research, education, and training.

Partner Projects: environmental monitoring

RINHS is an independent non-profit organization that gathers and disseminates information on Rhode Island’s animals and plants, geology, and ecosystems; facilitates communication among the diverse people, agencies, and organizations interested in the ecology of Rhode Island; and supports naturalists and the study of Rhode Island’s natural history.

Partner Projects: documentary of BioBlitz

Members of the GSO community meet research challenges that confront the nation and the world. GSO faculty and facilities address such issues as climate change, hurricanes, pollution, fisheries depletion, and the need for new technology for undersea research and exploration.

Partner Projects: faculty and student support, strong support of outreach programs through cutting-edge research

CELS strives to address contemporary problems through innovative, relevant, and scholarly research. CELS extends that research-based knowledge through community engagement in the tradition of its Land Grant and Sea Grant heritage and is dedicated to outreach and service to the state, national and global community.

Partner Projects: faculty and student support, strong support of outreach programs through cutting-edge research

The URI College of Arts & Sciences encourages excellence in teaching through academic programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences; engages internationally renowned programs of research, scholarship, and creative activities; and supports application of knowledge through outreach to serve the changing needs of the state, the country, and the world.

Partner Projects: faculty and student support, strong support of outreach programs through cutting-edge research

The URI College of Business is recognized for its leadership in business education, research, and outreach. The college of business offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of business disciplines ranging from entrepreneurial management to global business.

Partner Projects: faculty and student support, strong support of outreach programs through cutting-edge research

The Harrington School works to use the power of information and communication to make a difference in the world. They incorporate communication strategy into everything they do. They offer flexible programs in journalism, communication studies, public relations, film/media, writing and rhetoric and library and information studies to give students opportunities to develop outstanding leadership and communication skills relevant to many careers and fields.

Partner Projects: faculty and student support, strong support of outreach programs through cutting-edge research

URI Honors College

The Honors College is home to a community of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to academic excellence, artistic creativity, and intellectual curiosity. Members of the Honors Program share a passion for learning, an appreciation of the arts, and a strong involvement in their communities. They pursue knowledge across disciplinary boundaries, broaden their intellectual horizon, and seek out engaging experiences that complement their education.

Partner Projects: Honors Colloquia, classroom instruction

The RI Agricultural Experiment Station was established under the Hatch Act of 1887 to conduct research in agriculture and related sciences for the benefit of Rhode Island and the Nation. The RIAES conducts research dedicated to addressing challenges in agriculture, food production and processing, nutrition, natural resource policy, and natural resource management. More recently, the reach of the Experiment Station has extended to include renewable energy and climate change.

Partner Projects: National Council for Science and the Environment/Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

RIEMA protects life and property in the event of a disaster or crises situation, through a program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Guided by these four principles, RIEMA has made great strides in its effort to improve emergency preparedness in the state of Rhode Island. RIEMA remains dedicated to finding additional ways to prepare and protect our citizens in the years ahead.

Partner Projects: GIS application for environmental emergency response

OMP is an education and outreach arm of the Graduate School of Oceanography. Collaborating with scientists and graduate students from GSO and oceanographic research institutions worldwide, OMP targets a wide range of audiences. OMP enhances marine and environmental education and science communications through a range of initiatives within Rhode Island, throughout the U.S., and around the globe.

Partner Projects: Studio Blue, project management in support of GSO outreach

NBC maintains a leadership role in the protection and enhancement of water quality in Narragansett Bay and its tributaries by providing safe and reliable wastewater collection and treatment services to its customers at a reasonable cost. NBC operates waterwater treatment facilities at Field’s Point in Providence and Bucklin Point in East Providence.

Partner Projects: Excellence in Bay Management, RI Environmental Monitoring Collaborative

AED conducts research to enhance the understanding of the effects of human activity on land and waters of the Atlantic seaboard. Researchers collect and analyze data to provide tools for diagnosing and predicting the effects of this activity on aquatic resources and wildlife. AED provides research support to EPA Program & Regional Offices and state & local governments.

Partner Projects: Watershed Counts, educational training, strong support of outreach programs through cutting-edge research

TNC conserves the lands and waters on which all life depends. They work in every U.S. state and in 35 countries, from the Bahamas to Tanzania to China. TNC Rhode Island has opened 19 nature preserves with more than 60 miles of trails. They have protected more than 32,000 acres of wildlife habitat from beaches to forests.

Partner Projects: provide sponsorship of TNC Global Marine Initiative URI Student Research Award Program

FEMA supports citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Partner Projects: provided support for environmental emergency response

Copyright © 2018 University of Rhode Island.

The University of Rhode Island
Think Big, We Do.
A-ZDirectoryContact UsJump to top