City and Regional Planning

A Future with Water: Sea Level Rise in Rhode Island

Fall 2018 Studio

Rhode Island’s relationship with water has long been a defining portion of the state’s identity. However, the towns, industries, and communities that were formed around the advantages of being close to the Narragansett Bay are now threatened by the results of climate change including sea level rise, storm surge, and coastal erosion. The state’s progressive policies on sea level rise and climate change put it at the forefront of research, data analysis, and policies that address climate change. This plan aims to add to this body of knowledge and action by assessing the impacts of coastal risks in the towns of Warren and Barrington Rhode Island and providing adaptation strategies that promote equity while preserving the economic vitality and rich cultural heritage of these coastal towns.


Scott Page, Lecturer