Coastal Municipalities

Resources to Inform Adaptation Planning & Actions 

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.



Rapid Property Assessment and Coastal Exposure (Rapid PACE)

home on waterMore 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



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

View guide.

Download Powerpoint presentation file

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


Municipal Training for Coastal Resilience

Municipal Work Sessions on Adaptation Planning


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.