PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor is creating a new state council to coordinate efforts to respond to climate change.

The Climate Change Council is intended to work with other state agencies to prepare for rising sea levels, coastal erosion, severe weather and the health and economic impacts of climate change. It will also develop strategies for reducing carbon emissions.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee plans to formally create the council Friday during a visit to the West Warwick Wastewater Treatment Facility. Several environmental advocates and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse are expected to attend.

Sea levels are expected to rise in Rhode Island by as much as 5 feet over the next century as climate change reshapes the coastline.