Adaptation to Natural Hazards and Climate Change in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Posted on: 11/02/2020 - Updated on: 12/21/2020

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Kathryn Braddock



The purpose of “Adaptation to Natural Hazards and Climate Change in North Kingstown, Rhode Island” is to demonstrate the process and techniques for how to utilize spatial information and relevant exposure and vulnerability data addressing natural hazards, including coastal hazards such as flooding from projected sea level rise and storm surge events, in local planning to prepare implementable adaptation strategies. These strategies can then be used as a foundation for addressing adaptation in North Kingstown’s comprehensive community plan, and to prioritize projects for inclusion in the municipal Capital Improvement Program (CIP), state Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). This pilot project in North Kingstown is intended to serve as a model for other municipalities in Rhode Island to address resilience to natural hazards in their local planning efforts. 


Affiliated Organizations

The Coastal Resources Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island is dedicated to advancing coastal management worldwide. In addition to assisting in the development and implementation of coastal management programs in Rhode Island and the United States, the Center is active in countries throughout the world promoting the sustainable use of coastal resources for the benefit of all.


Document Type
Adaptation Phase
Habitat/Biome Type
Sociopolitical Setting
Target Climate Changes and Impacts