Officials to Discuss Coastal Changes


“Staying Afloat: Adapting Waterfront Businesses to Rising Seas and Extreme Storms” is the theme of both a special free public lecture on December 9 and the all-day Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium on December 10.

Both these events take place at Salve Regina University in Newport.


Lisa Konicki of the Westerly Chamber of Commerce will discuss how businesses in Westerly responded to Superstorm Sandy, and URI Emeritus Professor Malcolm Spaulding will discuss STORMTOOLS, a suite of coastal planning tools that allows users to select particular coastal locations and view high-resolution images related to projected storm surges, sea-level rise, and coastal changes in Rhode Island.


This one-day conference will focus on minimizing impacts to waterfront business, and the shores where they are situated, in the face of increasing threats from extreme storms and rising seas.

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