Sea-level rise, warming temperatures, and changes in weather patterns pose particular challenges to Chesapeake Bay and the coastal zone. Learn what VIMS scientists are doing to help society understand, mitigate, and adapt to changing climate. Also visit our Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) and our Initiative for Coastal Climate Change Research (IC3R).
- Marine lab leaders discuss sea-level rise at VIMS (May 2015) Representatives from marine laboratories throughout the southern U.S. traveled to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science last week for their annual meeting and to discuss an issue—sea-level rise—that threatens not only coastal communities but many of the lab’s own waterfront campuses.
- VIMS researcher briefs Capitol Hill on coastal flooding (March 2015) Molly Mitchell discusses the science and impacts of coastal flooding during briefing organized by the nation's leading weather society.
- VIMS helps Commonwealth respond to coastal flood threat (September, 2014) Governor names Dean and Director John Wells to Climate Change Commission, where he will serve as conduit for VIMS expertise and data.
- Study links Antarctic climate, food web (July, 2014) Long-term study reveals how changes in physical factors send ripples up the polar food chain.
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Five Most Recent Journal Articles
- Yang, Q.C., et al., 2015. Hydrological Responses to Climate and Land-Use Changes Along the North American East Coast: A 110-Year Historical Reconstruction. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 51(1): p. 47-67. http://doi.org/10.1111/jawr.12232
- Weng, K.C., et al., 2015. Umbrella species in marine systems: using the endangered humphead wrasse to conserve coral reefs. Endangered Species Research, 27(3): p. 251-263. http://doi.org/10.3354/esr00663
- Weng, K.C., et al., 2015. Fishery management, development and food security in the Western and Central Pacific in the context of climate change. Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography, 113: p. 301-311. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.10.025
- Hofmann, L.C., et al., 2015. CO2 and inorganic nutrient enrichment affect the performance of a calcifying green alga and its noncalcifying epiphyte. Oecologia, 177(4): p. 1157-1169. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-015-3242-5
- Hobday, A.J., et al., 2015. Impacts of climate change on marine top predators: Advances and future challenges. Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography, 113: p. 1-8. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.01.013