Narragansett Bay, lined by 400 miles of bustling coastline, is the ecological lifeblood of Rhode Island. From sustaining marine industries to protecting crucial mammal and ﬁsh species, the bay’s waters help many stakeholders thrive. Through RI C‑AIM, engineers, scientists, businesses, students and coastal communities are working together to position Rhode Island as a ‘center of excellence’ for assessing, predicting and responding to the bay’s ever‑changing and diverse ecosystem.
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Narragansett Bay is home to millions of unique relationships among microscopic organisms as its waters continuously change. An integrated ‘Bay Observatory’ will gather important, real-time data and serve as a crucial resource for decision-makers on issues such as land-use and supporting the ‘blue’ economy.
Engineers and scientists are investigating novel ways to measure the changing physical and chemical ecosystems of Narragansett Bay, from versatile marine sensors to low-cost paper tests. New ‘nanosensors’, for example, will measure marine chemicals RI C-AIM researchers seek outperform more conventional equipment.
Reliable models that better predict and interpret data about environmental changes in Narragansett Bay are crucial for understanding the challenges facing all of the bay’s users. The Rhode Island Data Discovery Center (RIDDC) will provide stakeholders with a meaningful and highly visualized platform to make decisions.
URI’s Buddini Karawdeniya explains work with ‘nanostructures’, reflects on move from native Sri Lanka When Buddini Karawdeniya was a middle school student in Sri Lanka, she didn’t want to make the same, boring atom model that her peers constructed year after year. Instead, she did something different, arranging lids of different sizes as energy levels […]
Researchers developing ‘Bay Observatory’ through RI C-AIM project to better measure ecological changes Dr. Harold ‘Bud’ Vincent, Associate Professor of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island, stands before a sleek, solar-powered buoy which looks more at home as a satellite in space than floating in Narragansett Bay. The machine is one of many […]
RISD grad student develops logo for new RI C-AIM initiative Ellen Christensen, a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, first scribbled sketches in her notebook. A new initiative through the Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR program needed a new logo. What would this new logo look like? What message should it convey? “They were […]