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Oceanic Opportunities

Prime ocean-front real estate and world-class research institutions make it easy to “think bigger.” The Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay provide “liquidity” to industries in ocean tech, boat fabrication, defense applications and renewable energy. Rhode Island has a unique competitive advantage for developing and hosting the Maritime Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), research is conducted around the globe. GSO faculty and scientists are internationally recognized through their leadership in scientific programs, the impact of their research, their positions of leadership for scientific journals and societies, and their scientific awards and fellowships.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds most of GSO's investigator-driven research, with significant support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Departments of Commerce, Energy and Defense (DOE, DOE, DOD), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

University of Rhode Island

GSO faculty, marine research scientists, and professional staff collectively generate more than $30 million each year in external funding, nearly 1/3 of the University's total.

Graduate School of Oceanography

URI GSO Researchers conduct more than 200 projects around the globe funded through federal, state, and private funds.


Rhode Island is a world leader in ocean and marine expertise. Researchers at 

our public flagship university, the University of Rhode Island and its internationally

respected Graduate School of Oceanography, are 

leading discoveries in:

Acoustical Oceanography 

Ocean Acidification

Coastal Erosion

Ocean Circulation Dynamics 


Ocean Influence on Hurricane Intensity

Ocean Pollution

Oceanographic Imaging and Mapping

Fish Population Dynamics 

Offshore Renewable Energy

Global Carbon Cycling

Subsurface Life

Harmful Algal Blooms

Tectonics Volcanism

High Temperature and Solid Earth Geochemistry

Water Supply

In addition, Rhode Island is home to elite government-sponsored defense entities such 
as the Naval Station Newport, the Naval War College, and the Naval Undersea Warfare 
Center. Their immense research capabilities are enhanced by a cohort of defense-
manufacturing firms, ship builders and smaller supply-chain companies, with maritime 
cybersecurity capabilities moving into the forefront.


• Strong defense, technology and ocean engineering sectors that provide experience and the associated skilled workforce to meet the maritime cyber security challenge

• Academic institutions that are nationally recognized for their cyber security focused programs

• Reputation for excellence for identifying innovative approaches to cybersecurity research and education

• Conducive maritime location

Deepwater Wind

• Deepwater Wind Energy Center based in Rhode Island will be the nation’s largest offshore wind farm, employing hundreds and providing clean energy to multiple states

• Deepwater Wind Wins Auction to Develop Offshore Wind Energy Sites in Federal Waters

• Deepwater Wind plans to develop the Deepwater Wind Energy Center (DWEC), a utility-scale wind farm of up to 200 turbines with a regional transmission system linking Long Island, New York, to southeastern New England.