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CCRM\The Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) exists to develop and support integrated and adaptive management of coastal zone resources. To fulfill this mission, the Center undertakes research, provides advisory service, and conducts outreach education. These tasks are carried out by a staff of professional scientists and technical experts using a mix of state funding and grant/contract support. Within its broader mission, the Center has specific tasks to support Virginia’s wetlands and shoreline management programs. These core activities create a natural focus on the littoral zone and riparian lands in coastal and estuarine areas. Management of resources in these areas has evolved from resource-specific considerations to system-level perspectives. The Center has been an active agent in this change, and has developed the required internal capabilities and external collaborations to support multidisciplinary approaches to management and policy issues.

CCRM Programs

outreachThe Wetlands Program deals with both tidal and nontidal wetlands. The program conducts basic research on the structure and functions of these systems, collaborating with researchers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. A wide variety of applied research is also undertaken. This includes policy option analysis, functional assessment methods, inventory and monitoring techniques, and creation/restoration protocols. The Wetlands Program provides extensive support to the Commonwealths two management programs through review of individual tidal wetland permit applications, training for local and state managers, and development management of data bases supporting and tracking regulatory program activities.

TrimbleThe Coastal Inventory Program has a basic mission to monitor tidal shoreline conditions and to develop policy/management recommendations based on analysis of that information. The Coastal Inventory Program has developed extensive capabilities in geographic information systems and in analysis of remotely sensed information. It has expanded its inventorying activities to include almost all terrestrial and aquatic resources within the coastal zone in support of the Center’s focus on integrated and adaptive management. Development of GIS based analytical protocols has become a major activity in the Coastal Inventory. Development of these tools has proven to be a most effective mechanism for integrating technical understanding and extensive data sets in a format that is comprehensible and informative for managers. The Coastal Inventory generates detailed shoreline condition inventories for every tidal county and city as part of its basic mission, and shares its extensive GIS data bases with state and federal agencies throughout the region.

fish captureThe Coastal Watersheds Program evolved to deal with the water quality/quantity, land use, and habitat issues that were part of integrated management of coastal resources. The program focuses on basic and applied research in support of policy and regulation development. There are both regional and international elements in the Coastal Watershed Program. The program is working on development of indicators for health of aquatic ecosystems, use conflict management plans for shallow waters, anadromous fish spawning and nursery habitat studies, and climate change impact assessments. Because much of the work on use conflict analysis, shallow water management, and fishery habitat assessment is of interest in coastal systems around the world, the Center manages growing international collaborations through the Coastal Watersheds Program.

Annual Report

annual report

The Center for Coastal Resources Management provides annual reports to showcase research and Center activities. Links to reports are available for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.


Other Links Related to CCRM

- Quality Assurance/Quality Control

- History of CCRM

- CCRM 2007 Strategic Plan