ecoRI.com: The shock and concern felt by the audience that filled Bazarsky Lecture Hall at Salve Regina University last Thursday (Jan. 30) night was palpable, as image after image of cherished Ocean State coastline and harbor front was shown inundated by rising sea levels.
Adapt to the impacts of climate change, or perish—that was the gist of the panel discussion. It was a plain and powerful message by a trio of presenters during the Pell Center’s “Adapting to Changing Climate: Policy Choices Facing Rhode Island.”
Sea-level rise predicted up to 5’ is now scientific consensus, said Pell Center Executive Director James Ludes, Ph.D., in his welcoming remarks._Coastal communities take notice. A 2013 study by the University of Rhode Island predicted sea levels will rise 3’ to 5’ over 1990 levels by 2100._
We’ve gone to all 21 coastal communities to look at the future with some maps,” said Pamela Rubinoff, of URI’s Coastal Resources Center. “While we don’t know when the next nor’easter or hurricane will come, we do know that the damage is going to be worse. How can we choose to act differently? Will we need to retreat in some areas? In some areas, yes. In all areas we need to be more resilient.”
Read more about the sea-level rise predictions in Rhode Island.