CARA Hampton Roads Studies

Photo: Koel Ghosh

Case study research is exploring how sea-level trends or land use changes might affect Hampton Roads' two major ecological restoration programs: the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) program in the Chesapeake Bay and the Wetlands Restoration project along the Elizabeth River. Research is also examining how sea-level rise might affect local flooding and property values. Additional efforts are exploring how the uncertainty regarding sea-level trends and development can be dealt with in local decision-making, and how local decision-making can incorporate information about the impacts of changes in climate or land use. Potential impacts of climate change on coastal and river flooding are also assessed in this suite of studies.

Hurricane Isabel destruction
Photo: Carl Hershner

Researchers leading the Hampton Roads studies include: