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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.

For a more in-depth introduction, read our RI C-AIM 101!

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Assessment

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.

Innovation

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.

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Modeling

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.

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