Preliminary Assessment of Rhode Island's Vulnerability to Climate Change and its Options for Adaptation Action - Summary

This high-level assessment addresses climate change impacts and vulnerabilities in Rhode Island, and provides recommendations intended to support state and local planning efforts. The projected climate impacts on the state that are detailed in the report include warmer temperatures, extreme weather, worsening air quality, threats to municipal utilities, and biodiversity, coastal, economic and public health impacts.

Recommendations are provided for understanding climate change’s likely impacts; protecting the most vulnerable people in the state; improving planning and preparation; intelligently expanding the state's green infrastructure; building neighborhoods and infrastructure more sustainably; and educating and engaging the community. The recommendations offered are based both on efforts being taken globally to adapt to climate change, as well as the ideas of many people and officials locally interviewed.

Publication Date: February 2010

Related Organizations:

  • Brown University Center for Environmental Studies


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