Extending 200 feet into Mount Hope Bay, The Learning Platform gives faculty and students direct access to the waters of Naragansett Bay for water sampling and biological collecting. Utilized by classes and for research, the Platform is the launch site for RWU's two research vessels and houses the pumping house for the Wet Lab's running seawater.
On the end of the learning platform is an integrated meteorological and water quality monitoring station. The station measures wind speed and direction, air temperature, pressure, solar irradiance, water temperature, dissolved oxygen concentration, and chlorophyll concentration every 15 minutes. RWU is part of a larger consortium that monitors water quality in Narragansett Bay. The consortium is coordinated by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM).