RI C-AIM projects are integrated through interdependent Research Thrusts. Across the program, Inter-Thrusts transcend specific initiatives, augmenting research translation and promoting professional development and project sustainability.
Assessing Biological and Ecosystem Impacts (RT 1) Through the creation of the integrated Bay Observatory, researchers are gathering real-time ecological data from Narragansett Bay and surrounding watersheds, providing highly-detailed assessments of the bay’s ecosystems and interactions between nutrients and living species.
Predicting Ecosystem Response Through Integration (RT 2) Combining present and historical data, scientists are creating high resolution models of the bay’s ecosystems, from nutrient distribution to changes in species habits. These models will develop a clearer picture of how human behavior affects, and is affected by, coastal environments.
Enabling Technologies for Improved Detection (RT 3) Researchers are developing new platforms to detect chemical and biological interactions in Narragansett Bay, from paper-based devices to biosensor systems. This technology will more accurately detect the changing environments of Narragansett Bay, and give the public a chance to collect data.
Visualization and Imaging (IT 1) Across thrusts, RI C-AIM is developing novel approaches to visualization of scientific observations in complex ecosystems through collaborations between engineers, designers, artists and oceanographers, thus fostering greater understanding from industry leaders, policy makers and the public.