Maps identify top biodiversity sites in Rhode Island

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Scientists from the University of Rhode Island and the state office of The Nature Conservancy have developed a series of tools that identify sites in the state that are likely to contain the greatest biodiversity in the next century. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.



education

Maps identify top biodiversity sites in Rhode Island

Posted 1/13/14

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Scientists from the University of Rhode Island and the state office of The Nature Conservancy have developed a series of tools that identify sites in the state that are likely to contain the greatest biodiversity in the next century.

“We’ve created a set of maps that identify the most ecologically diverse and resilient areas of the state to guide our investment in conservation and management, to make sure we look after those places in the face of climate change,” said John Torgan, the conservancy’s director of ocean and coastal conservation.

The scientists, led by The Nature Conservancy’s Kevin Ruddock, divided the state into “ecological land units” – areas on the landscape that have similar environmental characteristics. Those locations with a great variety of ecological land units will likely have a higher number of species living there and can provide opportunities for those species to move around and thrive.

The next step for the scientists is to make the tools available to municipalities and local land trusts as they plan how to respond to climate change. •

No comments on this story | Add your comment
Please log in or register to add your comment
Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Only a few seats remain for PBN's Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Thursday, April 24th, at the Bryant University Bello Center. Don't hesitate. Register today!
  • Business Women
    Accomplished. Confident. Wicked Smart. Nominate women you know who deserve speci ...
  • 40 Under Forty
    It's the 10th Anniversary of 40 Under Forty, and PBN is planning a special event ...
  • Healthiest Employers
    Enrollment now open for the 2014 Healthiest Employers Program. Please take a mom ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News