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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Global Change

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).

Top Stories

Chesapeake Bay marsh expert joins VIMS faculty (November, 2013)
Kirwan explores how wetlands respond to climate change.

New faculty member studies changing shorelines (October, 2013)
Hein’s research can help society better adapt to sea-level rise.

VIMS flooding report makes a splash (September, 2013)
Participants in a conference organized by the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic cite document as blueprint for state response to coastal flooding issues.

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Advisory Service Reports/White Papers

Read the white papers prepared by VIMS' scientists for our Initiative for Coastal Climate Change Research.

Five Most Recent Journal Articles
  1. Ruckelshaus, M., S. C. Doney, et al. 2013. Securing ocean benefits for society in the face of climate change. Marine Policy 40: 154-159. doi 10.1016/J.Marpol.2013.01.009
  2. Zhang, K. Q., Y. P. Li, et al. 2013. Comparison of three methods for estimating the sea level rise effect on storm surge flooding. Climatic Change 118(2): 487-500. doi 10.1007/S10584-012-0645-8
  3. Waldbusser, G. G., E. N. Powell, et al. 2013. Ecosystem effects of shell aggregations and cycling in coastal waters: an example of Chesapeake Bay oyster reefs. Ecology 94(4): 895-903.
  4. Sobocinski, K. L., R. J. Orth, et al. 2013. Historical Comparison of Fish Community Structure in Lower Chesapeake Bay Seagrass Habitats. Estuaries and Coasts 36(4): 775-794. doi 10.1007/S12237-013-9586-3
  5. Duffy, J. E., L. A. Amaral-Zettler, et al. 2013. Envisioning a Marine Biodiversity Observation Network. Bioscience 63(5): 350-361. doi 10.1525/Bio.2013.63.5.8
Read a full list of VIMS-authored journal articles related to global change.