URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography Receives $1.5M Grant

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Penn State University have been awarded a full four-year, $1.5 million grant through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This research is meant to protect New England coastal communities, national parks, and wildlife refuges from the impact of sea-level rise and extreme weather. The key players in this research include those in the URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, it’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the Department of Ocean Engineering, and the URI Coastal Resources Center. In addition to these groups, URI can expect collaboration from the Schoodic Institute and the National Park Service.

The ultimate goal of the project is to help communities, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adapt and improve their resilience as climate change marches on. This change has led to extreme weather such as hurricanes and nor’easters continuing to increase in terms of frequency and severity.

The project intends to expand the body of research related to the effects of extreme weather and sea level rise which currently lacks a clear understanding of the combined impacts of phenomena. As such, URI intends to focus specifically on the combined impacts of sea level rise and extreme weather events.

“This federal research funding will help URI faculty and students gather valuable information to answer questions about changing sea levels and in turn protect coastal communities from the effects of climate change,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed.

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