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Local students learn how to seine for fish, crabs, and other animals. Photo credit: URI Coastal Institute

One of the most important  – and oft overlooked – aspects of scientific research is making the results readily available to the general public. To effectively engage our coastal communities, technical scientific language typical of peer-reviewed publications must be translated and distilled into comprehensible messages accessible to all.

Rhode Island’s Climate Change Collaborative: interdisciplinary group of researchers have joined forces to make accessible and understandable the facts, impacts and actions related to how climate change will affect our environment, communities, and economy.

Coastal Cabaret: coastal scientific concepts that often wind their way into the mainstream media are translated into song to create a “stickiness” of learning to the benefit of scientists, students, and the public.

Communication of Science Primer: provides guidance and best practices on how to clearly, concisely, and effectively tell the coastal science story.

Studio Blue: in partnership with the Office of Marine Programs, a rotating display at the Coastal Institute building on the Graduate School of Oceanography Narragansett Bay Campus that presents science interpreted through an artistic vision, most often produced through partnership between a student, a science mentor, and a fine arts faculty member.

The Katrina Project: insight to the tragedies and triumphs of Gulf Coast people and communities as told through the voices of 90+ survivors of a disastrous hurricane.

Buy the Bay: historical drama depicting the story of Rhode Island coastal communities from the Gilded Age to WWI based on personal interviews of individuals who lived through those times.

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