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Conserving Coastal Wetlands for Sea Level Rise Adaptation

Part of NOAA's Digital Coast project, the Conserving Coastal Wetlands focus area is designed to help communities identify the value and vulnerability of coastal wetlands in the face of sea level rise, and to prioritize wetland conservation efforts that incorporate sea level rise considerations.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites


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Local Land Use Response to Sea Level Rise

This report summarizes selected local land use ordinances and regulations that include specific mention of sea level rise or that incorporate appropriate policy responses that may be used to address sea level rise. While developed for The Nature Conservancy Long Island, it is a useful resource for any coastal state.

Related Organizations: Pace University School of Law, Land Use Law Center, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance


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Climate Solutions New England (CSNE)

Climate Solutions New England (CSNE) promotes collaboration and collective impact towards the goal of greater energy self-reliance and weather resilience that contribute to healthy, prosperous, and sustainable communities across New England.




Consortium on Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) - RISA

CCRUN is a member of NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, which supports climate research for decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. The consortium, encompassing the Boston-to-Philadelphia corridor; serving stakeholder needs in assessing and managing risks from climate variability and change. The RISA is structured as a nodal network covering the relevant parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in order to serve local needs for targeted climate-risk information in a coordinated way, with partners from Columbia University, City College of the City University of New York, Stevens Institute of Technology, the University of Massachusetts, and Drexel University.




Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA)

The Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA) is a collaboration between the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a team of more than fifty independent experts to develop and communicate a new assessment of climate change, impacts on climate-sensitive sectors, and solutions in the northeastern United States. Launched in May, 2005, the goal of the assessment is to combine state-of-the-art analyses with effective outreach to provide policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public with the best available science upon which to base informed choices about climate change mitigation and adaptation.




Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

In 1971, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed legislation that created the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). The CRMC is a management agency with regulatory functions. Its primary responsibility is for the preservation, protection, development and where possible the restoration of the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. The San Francisco Estuary Partnership is a coalition of resource agencies, non-profits, citizens, and scientists working to protect, restore, and enhance water quality and fish and wildlife habitat in and around the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary.




Rhode Island Sea Grant

Rhode Island Sea Grant is located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, and funds research at other institutions throughout the state. It is also home to one of only four Sea Grant Legal Programs in the country, and the only one in the Northeast, located at Roger Williams University School of Law.    Rhode Island Sea Grant funds research that addresses coastal ecosystem and fisheries issues. Research goals include: characterizing and quantifying dynamics of change in coastal ecosystems; improving understanding of effects of contaminants on coastal ecosystems; developing techniques and indicators to characterize the sources, pathways, and effects of nutrients, toxins, and biocontaminants; exploring links between ecosystem-based management and fisheries management; determining industry and consumer seafood priorities; and increasing knowledge of biology and ecology of valuable species.




University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center

The Coastal Resources Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island is dedicated to advancing coastal management worldwide. In addition to assisting in the development and implementation of coastal management programs in Rhode Island and the United States, the Center is active in countries throughout the world promoting the sustainable use of coastal resources for the benefit of all. Implementing coastal management projects in the field, building capacity through education and training, and sharing lessons learned and information throughout the coastal community are the foundation of the Coastal Resources Center's work.




USGS Massachusetts Water Science Center

The USGS Massachusetts Water Science Center monitors and analyzes surface-water, groundwater, water-quality and biological parameters throughout the state, and provides current real time data on ground water, streamflow, precipitation, and water quality from sites throughout Massachusetts. Data collection and interpretive studies are done in cooperation with various local, State, or Federal agencies. The center provides maps of current conditions of streamflow, drought, and flooding, as well as a number of publications, reports, and professional papers covering a complete range of hydrological topics.




USGS New England Water Science Center, Rhode Island

The USGS Rhode Island Water Science Center (RI WSC) provides current real time data on streamflow, ground water, water quality, precipitation, and lakes and reservoirs from sites throughout Rhode Island. The RI WSC conducts projects that involve the collection, monitoring, management and analysis of data on hydrologic and biologic resource conditions. These projects address a wide variety of water-resources issues, including water supply, groundwater contamination, nutrient loading in streams, ecological influences, effects of land use on water quality, and basic hydrologic and biologic data collection.