Providing technical support to CRMC in the form of geospatial data collection, data management and outreach/education. The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) initiated a salt marsh restoration project in the coastal ponds of Rhode Island’s south shore. Restoration involves deposition of dredge materials on the salt marsh platform (thin layer deposition) to enhance the sustainability of salt marsh habitat under a regime of accelerated sea level rise.
The world’s coastal ocean waters continue to be degraded by unsustainable fishing practices, habitat degradation, eutrophication, toxic pollution, aerosol contamination, and emerging diseases. There is a growing recognition among world leaders that positive actions are required on the part of governments to redress global environmental and resource degradation with actions to recover depleted fish populations, restore habitats and reduce coastal pollution.
The Rhode Island Army National Guard maintains a small but technically robust GIS office within the Construction, Facilities, and Management Office. Tracey Daly is the GIS manager for the Guard under the leadership of LTC Sean McKiernan. The EDC provides technical support for the office in terms of GIS and GPS software maintenance and management, ArcGIS Server and web applications, and ArcGIS desktop support.
The goal of this project was to create the data infrastructure and technical procedures that could be used in preparing for and responding to storm events at three National Parks. We focused primarily on elevation data and inundation modeling.
The Marine Wildlife Behavior Database is a project which aims to create a national database of the seasonal distribution, abundance, and behavior of marine wildlife. This database is needed to consistently assess the impact of noise activities and to identify areas requiring further research.
File hosting for the Narragansett Bay Project data recovery project addressing 1985 to 1992.
Coastal parks in the northeast are at risk from climate change impacts of sea level rise and surge caused by large storms. The goal of this project is to estimate risk at specific locations in northeastern coastal national parks.
Our process requires establishing a survey control network and accurate elevation measurements (cm) at sentinel sites.
Using Ecological Land Units — ELUs — we provide a mechanism to identify properties that will be important in protecting biodiversity now and into the future as different species of plants and animals come and go as climatic conditions change. It is uncertain what particular species will occupy specific habitats when climates are very different, but ELUs help us identify landscapes that will support rich biodiversity in changing climates.
The SAV Mapping project is a collaboration between members of the Eelgrass Mapping Task force to map and monitor the extent of SAV in Rhode Island coastal waters. In 2013, active members of the taskforce included: Save the Bay, CRMC, NBNERR, and USFWS. Mapping and monitoring is done using a tiered system developed by USGS.
Tier 1 consists of polygons digitized using a digital aerial photograph as a base map.
This project is currently seeking funding partners in order to continue.