Rhode Island’s Ocean and Coastal Magazine

Winter 2015: Resilience

This issue examines how Rhode Island and other coastal communities are looking toward resiliency strategies to be prepared for the next storm.


From the Editor


Hoboken, N.J., has come a long way since it was struck by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The city—at a square mile, similar in size to Central Falls—saw 20,000 of its 50,000 residents stranded by rising water during the storm, and its subway famously flooded.

Hoboken’s city manager, Stephen Marks, spoke at “Staying Afloat: Adapting Waterfront Business to Rising Seas and Extreme Storms,” the 2014 Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, about measures the city is taking to deal with future storms—including installing flooding pumps, designing parks and playgrounds to hold stormwater, and creating a “community emergency response team” of volunteers who can deliver food, water, and medicines to stranded neighbors. These actions are part of the city’s ambitious nine-point resiliency strategy that includes infrastructure, outreach, and zoning efforts.

Other symposium speakers talked about actions being taken in Rhode Island, from adding resiliency to existing buildings, such as by installing floodwalls, to reimaging existing coastal businesses that were devastated by Sandy, and rebuilding them in different ways—for instance, turning a café into a mobile operation that can be moved from its shoreline location in the event of a storm.

This issue of 41°N looks at coastal resiliency in Rhode Island and elsewhere, and what the issues are in protecting property ranging from ports to private residences.


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