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What We Do


Virginia Sea Grant works to enhance the sustainability and viability of coastal communities through economic and social science research as well as extension activities. The coastal community development program within VIMS Marine Advisory services department conducts economic analyses and supports coastal industries such as marinas, boating, seafood, and tourism. We have also partnered with Old Dominion University and William & Mary Law School on projects that address climate change adaptation.

Extension projects include:


Current research and extension work is featured below.


Environment Virginia Hosts VCPC Session

Environment Virginia Hosts VCPC Session

On April 2, former VCPC clients shared their positive experiences working with the VCPC at the 26th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington.

Working Together on a Plan for Lands End

Working Together on a Plan for Lands End

At a March 30 meeting, Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning students from VCU presented their first land use plan for the Lands End subdivision.

VCPC Takes Another Look at Virginia's Dillon Rule

VCPC Takes Another Look at Virginia’s Dillon Rule

The VCPC is evaluating the issue of local government authority under the Dillon Rule to help Virginia localities effectively adapt to sea level rise.

VCPC Assesses Unregulated Chemical Storage in James River

VCPC Assesses Unregulated Chemical Storage in James River

This Spring, two VCPC students will work with the James River Association to assess the storage of unregulated chemical substances along the James River.

VCPC Examines Drainage System in Matthews County

VCPC Examines Drainage System in Matthews County

This Spring, two VCPC students will examine a system of drainage ditches across Matthews County that often floods into nearby roads and properties.

VCPC Researches Impact of Sealants on Chesapeake Bay

VCPC Researches Impact of Sealants on Chesapeake Bay

This Spring, a VCPC student is researching the impacts of coal tar sealants on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

VCPC Researches Oyster Grounds in Nansemond River

VCPC Researches Oyster Grounds in Nansemond River

A VCPC student is working with the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance to research oyster grounds in the Nansemond River.

The Right Model for the Job: Storm Surge Models at Hampton Roads Forum

The Right Model for the Job: Storm Surge Models at Hampton Roads Forum

At the 7th Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum, modeling experts shared insights on the most common storm surge modeling tools used for planning and response.

ODU Hosts White House-Sponsored Event on Sea Level Rise Preparedness, Mitigation

ODU Hosts White House-Sponsored Event on Sea Level Rise Preparedness, Mitigation

With support from FEMA, Old Dominion University hosted a day-long exercise to simulate the effects of sea level rise and climate change in Virginia and the nation.

VCU Students Talk Gloucester Land Use at Public Meeting (SLIDESHOW)

VCU Students Talk Gloucester Land Use at Public Meeting (SLIDESHOW)

On October 7, VCU graduate students discussed with Gloucester about future land use for the land known as Lands Ends Subdivision.

Senator Kaine, Gov. McAuliffe’s Chief Resiliency Officer Appointment Featured at W&M Adaptation Conference

Senator Kaine, Gov. McAuliffe’s Chief Resiliency Officer Appointment Featured at W&M Adaptation Conference

Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic’s December 5 conference brought together policymakers, scientists, business owners, members of nonprofits, and students to discuss progress and future efforts that Virginia’s coasts will need to adapt to long-term change in sea levels.

VCU Design Team Advances Gloucester Land Use Plans

VCU Design Team Advances Gloucester Land Use Plans

VCU MURP design team got helpful feedback from Gloucester residents at its second meeting to determine future land-use for historic Gloucester property.

VCPC Analyzes Supplemental Environment Projects

VCPC Analyzes Supplemental Environment Projects

Toren Elsen will work with the Virginia Environmental Endowment to analyze Supplemental Environmental Projects.

VCPC Addresses Inherited Property and Sea Level Rise

VCPC Addresses Inherited Property and Sea Level Rise

Sean Smiley will work for the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission to address issues with inherited property in the face of sea level rise.

sea level rise preparedness

VCPC Discusses Sea Level Rise Preparedness in Hampton Roads

As a student in the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic, Jeremy Forrest will work with an ODU representative and Norfolk Naval Base officers to create a framing document for a “whole of government” pilot project.

VCPC Examines Government Liability

VCPC Examines Government Liability

James Andris will examine the government’s potential liability in the event that it fails to protect citizens from known threats, such as sea level rise.

VCPC Tackles Property Value Assessments in Rural VA

VCPC Tackles Property Value Assessments in Rural VA

Jacob Testa will work with the MPPDC to understand property value assessments following the Virginia Department of Health’s new septic system regulations.

VCPC Advances Policy to Protect the Bay

VCPC Advances Policy to Protect the Bay

Garrett Gee will work with the Chesapeake Bay Commission to help advance legislative practices that protect the Bay, climate, and economy of Virginia.

VCPC Tackles Wetlands Law and Sea Level Rise

VCPC Tackles Wetlands Law and Sea Level Rise

Hannah Fish will research the connection between expected sea level rise and the federal wetlands permitting process under the Clean Water Act.

VCPC Analyzes Water Quality Standards in the Bay

VCPC Analyzes Water Quality Standards in the Bay

Ben Willis will write a white paper for the Clinic analyzing the impact of sea level rise on the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

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