Related Projects

Resources to Inform Adaptation Planning & Actions

These projects that are part of the Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant portfolio are additional efforts to improve coastal community resilience to shoreline change and climate impacts.


Rapid Property Assessment and Coastal Exposure (Rapid PACE)

More frequent severe storms and sea level rise due to climate change require proactive responses from local decision makers. Rapid Property Assessment and Coastal Exposure (Rapid PACE) is a free screening tool available to municipal officials that provides a property-specific summary of exposure to coastal hazards typically within 48-hours of a request.

The report compiles existing information, some of which can assist in regulatory decisions while others support planning initiatives.  The information helps municipal officials make informed decisions and safer, more resilient communities.

Resilient Communities: Natural Hazards & Climate Change Adaptation

View guide.

Download Powerpoint presentation file

Watch a webinar on how to apply this guidance to your community.


A how-to guide on incorporating natural hazards planning and climate change adaptation into local comprehensive plans.










Sea Level Affecting Marsh Migration (SLAMM)


Statewide maps illustrating how salt marshes may migrate as sea level changes.

View the maps here.

View the final report here.


Adaptation to Natural Hazards & Climate Change in North Kingstown, RI

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A pilot project of how natural hazards & climate change planning and adaptation can be incorporated into local comprehensive plans.












Waterfront & Coastal Businesses

Staying Afloat: Adapting Waterfront Business to Rising Seas and Extreme Storms

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Proceedings from the 2014 Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium.













Catalog of Adaptation Techniques for Coastal and Waterfront Businesses

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A catalog of actions businesses can take to be more resilient to storms, flooding and sea level rise.











Newport Resilience Assessment Tour:  Newport Waterfront Overview Summary

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Overview of the risks and vulnerabilities of the Newport waterfront businesses and identifies a set of best management practices & actions to increase resiliency.













Residents & Coastal Property Owners

Rhode Island Coastal Property Guide

Read on-line or download the guide.


What coastal property owners, renters, builders and buyers should know about the Rhode Island shoreline.