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Coastal Institute Climate Response Demonstration Sites

The CI is collaborating with partners on three demonstration sites to exemplify best management practices for enhancing ecosystem and community resilience to the impacts of climate change. The purpose is to provide state, city, and town governments, planners and policymakers, businesses, homeowners and landowners, and others with a suite of options that could be considered to adapt to storm surge, flooding, sea-level rise, and other climate change factors. Each demonstration site represents a unique landscape type: natural areas (Napatree Conservation Area in Watch Hill), urban ports (Port of Providence), and mixed-use (towns of Warren and Barrington).

Natural Areas: Napatree Point Conservation Area
Collaborative research efforts have been underway for years at the natural site, Napatree Point Conservation Area in Watch Hill whose barrier spit location is ideal for exploring long-term resilience and natural recovery in response to episodic events such as storms.

Urban Ports:  Providence’s Port of Providence
The highly developed hardened industrial shores of RI’s Port of Providence, which is located in both Providence and East Providence at the head of Narragansett Bay, is ideal to evaluate the adaptive complexity of engineering, economic, environmental, and societal challenges at urban ports.

Mixed-Use:  Towns of Warren and Barrington
The mixed-use site of the Warren and Palmer Rivers Region in Warren and Barrington provides a space to explore practices and assess impact costs for these most common RI coastal zones, marked by their uniquely diverse mix of residential, cultural, commercial, and natural elements.


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Completed Projects

*URI Watershed Watch Database is being developed as pilot project for water quality information collected by URI Watershed Watch and is funded in full by the Coastal Institute. These data are reported to the RI Department of Environmental Management by Watershed Watch and are used to fulfill U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compliance mandates. This database will make available to scientists and watershed organizations data that are currently not accessible without special requests to and staff time provided by Watershed Watch. This database will fill a critical role in making data transparent and accessible to the public while maintaining a high level of quality control and preserving the scientific integrity of Watershed Watch.

* The Appalachian Trail Decision Support System is a collaborative multi-agency effort to support decision-making for the Appalachian Trail by providing a coherent framework for data integration, monitoring, reporting and forecasting through geospatial information and supports effective decision-making for the management of the A.T. lands.

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