The sea level off Rhode Island’s coast is up to 5 inches higher than it was in 1956.1 This increase is mostly due to Rhode Island’s sinking land, and it’s causing major issues.2 Solutions in Rhode Island can be complicated because the state has hundreds of miles of shoreline and salt marshes to protect from sea level rise.3 There are already over 7,000 properties at risk from from tidal flooding in RhodeIsland.4 The state is planning over $100 million in sea level rise solutions, which include restoration projects, catastrophic flood prevention, and building seawalls.
Sea level rise is speeding up
The sea level around Providence, Rhode Island, has risen by 5 inches since 1956. Its speed of rise has accelerated over the last ten years and it’s now rising by over an inch every 8 years.1 Scientists know this because the sea level is measured every 6 minutes using equipment like satellites, floating buoys off the coast, and tidal gauges to accurately measure the local sea level as it accelerates and changes.4
SEA LEVEL MEASUREMENT FROM PROVIDENCE AREA TIDE GAUGE SINCE 1950