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Janet Freedman, coastal geologist with the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, explains how coastal storms impact the barrier beaches of salt ponds. Photo credit: URI Coastal Institute

The Coastal Institute serves as the host organization, convener, and co-coordinator for a variety of state and regional collaboratives. By leveraging expertise, experience, and research across geographic areas and scientific disciplines, the Coastal Institute works to develop cutting-edge solutions to the problems facing our coastal zone environment and communities.

Scientific Support for Environmental Emergency Response (SSEER)/Bay Assessment and Response Team (BART): coordination and deployment of scientists to expeditiously gather essential data and remediate threats following man-made or natural disasters.

North Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (NAC-CESU): national network to provide high quality science, usable knowledge, education opportunities, and cost-effective research to understand fundamental ecosystem functions and processes.

Watershed Counts: partnership with the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program to develop environmental indicators on the health of the Narragansett Bay watershed and to make the information available to the general public.

Rhode Island Environmental Monitoring Collaborative (RI EMC): chair the RI EMC committee to develop and implement strategy for environmental monitoring programs including baselines for environmental health, protocols for monitoring, guidelines for data collection, and quantifiable information for environmental indicators.

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