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Narragansett Bay Ecosystem Productivity & Nutrient Study

Janet Miele, ARMADA Master Teacher
Peter Medeiros, ARMADA Mentee

Print Resources
  • Berman, M and K. Sherman. An undulating towed body sampler for monitoring marine ecosystems. Sea Technology Magazine, September 2001.
    Very easy to understand article that describes the development of the sled used to collect data specifically in Narragansett Bay. Sample results are included.
  • Kennedy, S. and V. Lee 2003. Greenwich Bay: An Ecological History. Rhode Island Sea Grant, Narragansett, RI.
    This book is an excellent source for background information on Greenwich Bay. The pictures of the area "then" and "now" are wonderful and the text reads almost as a story.
  • Oviatt, C. 2004. The changing ecology of temperate coastal waters during a warming trend.2004 Estuarine Research Federation 6: 895-904.
    Candace Oviatt is a professor of oceanography in the Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. This article follows warm periods in the North Atlantic Ocean and the changes they brought to the coastal waters of Rhode Island. This study reported on joint efforts by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography to collect long-term data in Narragansett Bay.
  • Smith, L.M., S. Whitehouse and C.A. Oviatt. In Review. Current and predicted impacts of global climate change on coastal Rhode Island. Northeastern Naturalist.
    The effects of global climate change on the coastal ecosystems of Rhode Island. A forty page manuscript on the state of our Narragansett Bay ecosystem. This is a very detailed article that describes of all the factors, both biotic and abiotic, that interact and affect the bay. A historical perspective is included.
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, 2008. Biological Oxygen on Demand. Procedure and result parameters for testing the oxygen being used by microorganisms in the water column.
Web Resources
  • State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
    A very detailed article that gives the background of the fixed-site monitoring stations and data in Narragansett Bay. A map of the bay with all of the sampling sites labeled. It also gives information as to who maintains each buoy and the general water quality conditions of each site.
  • Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management: The Greenwich bay fish kill, August 2003.
    A detailed account of the fish kill that took place on August 20, 2003 due to lack of oxygen in the bay. Easy to read and understand. This article also gives a historical perspective to the incident along with recommendations which include a state-wide monitoring system.
  • 41° N
    An online version of a publication of Rhode Island Sea Grant and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute. This magazine highlights Sea Grant and Coastal Institute research, outreach, and education activities on a particular theme. It provides a snapshot of all of the research taking place in and around Narragansett Bay.