The RI Shoreline Change SAMP

The Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP)

 

I am currently on the project management team for the Rhode Island Shoreline Change (Beach) Special Area Management Plan (SAMP).  My role as a geologist will be to address (working with my colleagues from the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and URI Coastal Resources Center) some of the projects listed below.  For more information visit the Shoreline Change SAMPs website here.

To help communities protect people, property, and infrastructure (including drinking water supplies, utilities, and roadways), the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), with the University of Rhode Island, various state and local agencies, stakeholders, and coastal residents, is developing the Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP). This plan will provide science-backed policies and planning tools to improve the state’s resilience. The Beach SAMP is one of several SAMPs developed by the CRMC for managing the state’s shoreline

As part of the Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan, new data and information about the shoreline will be collected and used to inform the Plan. The research and investigation will include:

Shoreline Change Mapping—how has the shoreline changed over time and how might we expect it to change in the future?

Sediment Transport Analysis—where does the sand go after it has been washed away?

Inundation Modeling—what areas are at risk from storm surge and sea level rise?

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