Climate Response Demonstration Sites

Coastal Institute Climate Response Demonstration Sites (CRDS) test, monitor, and demonstrate ecosystem and community-response climate response strategies.

CRDS support existing programs and partnerships by:

  • providing funding for research and monitoring gaps
  • serving as a convener and a connector to external expertise
  • linking URI students and faculty to local coastal issues
  • supporting pilot projects that demonstrate community resilience and catalyze funding
  • developing a transferable framework to share data and best practices

Impacts of climate change vary widely across coastal environments. CRDS explore place-based approaches to adaptation reflecting differences in landscape, geology, coastal processes, development, and human use.