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Coastal Zone: Climate Change & Coastal Stressors

CCRM has been researching the effects of coastal stressors on nearshore habitats and biological communities for several years. These critical nearshore ecosystems serve as nursery and feeding grounds for many nekton and invertebrate species and given their proximity to upland activities, these communities may be particularly sensitive to changes in land use and developmental pressures. 

Coastal Stressors include:

  • Conversion of land to commercial or residential uses,

  • Shoreline hardening, dredging/filling and associated loss of intertidal habitat,

  • Problems associated with development, such as stormwater runoff, vegetation removal, low dissolved oxygen and harmful algal blooms, and

  • Degradation of ecosystems from excess nutrients, sediments and contaminants.

Climate Change/Sea Level Rise Projects

NSF Workshop Report

Chesapeake Bay Sustainablility: Implications of changing climate and shifting management objectives

Recurrent Flooding Report

Recurrent Flooding Study For Tidewater Virginia

Lynnhaven Tidal Wetlands Effects

Climate Change Impacts in Virginia: a natural resource database

Lynnhaven Tidal Wetlands Effects

The Effects of Sea Level Rise on Tidal Wetlands in the Lynnhaven River Watershed

retreating shoreline

Vulnerability of shallow tidal water habitats in Virginia to climate change

sea level rise map

Sea Level Rise Planning Maps - This is a map project of shore protection along the Virginia coast. Maryland and North Carolina are also included.

climate change problems

Climate Change Database Clearinghouse

coastal hazards

Spring 2007 Seminar Presentation from "Sea Level Rise & Other Coastal Hazards: The Risks of Coastal Living"


Consortium for Atlantic Regional Assessment - Research is examining how sea-level rise might affect local flooding and property values. (A CCRM subsite).

sea level rise

Video Clips on Sea Level Rise (uses Real Player and Quicktime Player):

Chesapeake Baywatch - Dr. Kirk Havens, VIMS - Sea-level rise in the Chesapeake Bay

Sea-level Rise - Dr. Carl Hershner, VIMS

1 Mbps stream (best quality, but slowest download)

56 K (for dial-up modems)


Coastal Stressors Projects

fish in hand

Ecosystem approaches to aquatic health ssessment: linking subtidal habitat quality, shoreline condition and estuarine fish communities

atlantic slope consortium

Estuarine & Great Lakes (EaGLe) Coastal Initiative - Atlantic Slope Consortium (ASC)

ghost crabpots

Ghost Crabpots and Marine Debris

sonde in water

Shallow water fish communities and coastal development stressors in the Lynnhaven River