African scientists to learn strategies for adapting to climate change at URI Coastal Resources Center

AfricansNARRAGANSETT, R.I. – February 24, 2011 – Three young scientists from Ghana, Mozambique and The Gambia are spending three weeks at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center as part of an international fellowship program to help them develop strategies for adapting to climate change along the coastal zones of their home countries.

The scientists will meet with geologists, engineers, oceanographers and mapping experts at URI and elsewhere in Rhode Island, and they will leave with a work plan aimed at reducing the risks to coastal zones caused by climate change.

“We’ll be using Rhode Island as a model for how to reduce these risks by studying municipal comprehensive plans, zoning regulations, hazard mitigation plans, coastal regulations and other policies,” said Virginia Lee, senior coastal manager at the Coastal Resources Center who is coordinating the visit by the African scientists.