Living at the shore increasingly means knowing how to adapt to change, such as flooding and erosion from strong storms and sea level rise — key aspects of a shifting climate. Rhode Island is learning more about how flooding and erosion is shaping the coast through the Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP). A key goal is to collect new data about the shoreline, and then help coastal communities use it in their planning — in their policies and practices — to protect people and property from harm, and adapt to change over time. The Beach SAMP is an effort of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), and is facilitated by the URI Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant.
About the Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan- a document which explains what the RI Shoreline Change project is