Climate Change Adaptation

The Town of North Kingstown was selected to participate in a pilot project with the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center and the RI Sea Grant to study climate change and sea level rise.  This pilot project had a goal of creating maps and on-line data display tools to identify sea level rise vulnerabilities of local assets including public property and infrastructure, as well as community threats in North Kingstown.  The following provides links to the RI Sea Grant page where the final products resulting from this pilot project can be viewed.

North Kingstown Grid Map

Building Blocks for Climate Change Adaptation - Tools for Community Assessment and Planning - Real Property

Building Blocks for Climate Change Adaptation - Tools for Community Assessment and Planning - Infrastructure

RI Seagrant - Sea Level Rise Information


Phase 2 of this project is now underway.  The goal of this phase is to develop useful tools for town and state planners to use in addressing climate change adaptation.  The map atlas produced in Phase 1 was used to secure $100K of RI Statewide Planning Challenge Grant funds to support Phase 2.  The Phase 2 objectives are as follows:
o    Develop collaboratively with North Kingstown and the state a comprehensive community plan element to address climate change adaptation as it relates to transportation and land use issues;
o    Prepare with the town and the state a detailed listing of priority transportation and land use projects that support the climate change adaptation effort and are appropriate for inclusion in the state Transportation Improvement Program and municipal Capital Improvement Program proposals.

As part of this project, a Climate Change Adaptation Fact Sheet has been developed.  This fact sheet provides an overview of the project, highlights the three phases of the project and lists various ways to get involved.

Some of the upcoming opportunities to learn more include the following:

April 16, 2013 – North Kingstown Planning Commission presentation 7:30 p.m.
April 18, 2013 –Public Lecture at North Kingstown Free Library, 6-8 p.m.
April 20, 2013 - “Open House” at North Kingstown Free Library, 10-12 a.m.

Click here to view a flyer for the public lecture and open house at the North Kingstown Free Library.