With 400 miles of coastline, Rhode Island is particularly susceptible to coastal hazards, and it can be challenging to understand and communicate future impacts in ways that enable informed decision-making. Mapping tools are available to assess your community’s flood risk and plan for the future. This module outlines the mapping tools available for Rhode Island municipalities that can be useful in visualizing impacts and making informed land use decisions to protect your community’s residents and assets from sea level rise and storm surge impacts.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the mapping tools available for planning decision making; and
  • Know when to use which tool.

Time: 10 minutes, 51 seconds       Audio: required

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Speaker Bios:

Grover FugateGrover Fugate is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). He has been responsible for overseeing the development of all policies and programs for the state’s coastal program. He currently serves as the project manager of the Council’s new Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) which is a forward looking plan at how climate change is impacting Rhode Island’s shoreline and developing appropriate responses to this threat and protecting the state’s coastal infrastructure



Teresa CreanTeresa Crean is a community planner and coastal management extension specialist with Rhode Island Sea Grant and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center (CRC). Crean joined Sea Grant/CRC in 2008 and is currently facilitating municipal-scale projects in Rhode Island that address coastal adaptation to climate change and sea level rise. She has also served on project teams focused on renewable energy planning, marine spatial planning, and coastal community planning addressing public access and working waterfront issues. Prior to joining Sea Grant/CRC, Crean worked for non-profit regional planning commissions and in the private sector for planning/design firms. She earned a master of landscape architecture from the SUNY Syracuse, a BS in environmental policy/natural resource management from the University of Michigan and is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners.