Rhode Island's coasts are already feeling the impacts of rising seas. The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and Rhode Island Sea Grant are working with the legislature to explicitly address sea level rise and climate change in the state's building code.

“If the sea level goes up two or three feet along the coast of Maine in this century, that’s a very significant change.”
 

The total amount of water on Earth isn’t increasing, but the volume of liquid that fills the ocean is growing as ice and snow on land melt. The water is also getting warmer, which makes it expand. 

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

In response to the President's Executive Order 13653, a NOAA-led U.S. federal agency partnership released the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit to provide tools, information, & scientific expertise to help communities & businesses build resilience to climate-related impacts & extreme events.

A 1-day conference on minimizing impacts to waterfront businesses, and the shores they're situated on, from extreme storms and rising seas.

Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report

This new Synthesis Report from the IPCC summarizes the contents of 5 studies released over the past year. These studies confirm that climate change caused by human activities is having impacts on ecosystems and human well-being across the U.S. and around the world.

Lake Level Viewer: United States Great Lakes

This tool helps users visualize lake level changes that range from six feet above to six feet below historical long-term average water levels in the Great Lakes, along with potential shoreline and coastal impacts.

The University of Maryland is hosting Mpact Week to showcase reseach on the broad theme of disaster resilience.

Climate Change Impacts in Hawaii: A Summary of Climate Change and its Impacts to Hawaii's Ecosystems and Communities

This report, from Hawaii Sea Grant, is intended to provide a basic summary of the observed and projected changes to Hawaii’s ecosystems and their resulting impacts for Hawaii’s residents.

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