By Sydney MaHan, Student Correspondent From editorial cartoons to policy initiatives, climate change and sea level rise are a political conundrum for many says Carl Hershner, Director of the Center for Coastal Resources Management. Hershner visited the Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) as a guest speaker on September 3. Sharing with students the science, politics, […]
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:
- Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William & Mary Law
- Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum at Old Dominion University
- Economic Analyses
- Accessing the Virginia Coast
- Small Grants
- Marina Technical Advisory Program and Clean Marina Program
- Fisheries Resource Grant Program
Current research and extension work is featured below.
This semester features the largest class size in the Center’s history— 10 students, who will work in teams of two, guided by VCPC Director and former VCPC students who have returned to mentor the new class.
Sydney MaHan is the newest student to take on the role of Virginia Sea Grant Embedded Student Correspondent with the Virginia Coastal Policy Center.
According to a recent survey of Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum attendees, 83% say they have made and followed up on new professional connections they made at the Forum.
Sepanik will be working with Oregon Coastal Management Program starting this fall.
At the Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum on July 27, experts gathered to discuss ways to communicate frequent flooding events and flooding risk to citizens of Hampton Roads.
In June 2015, Dutch experts in coastal water management and flood control offered practical insights for Virginia communities in five days of workshops at Norfolk’s Slover Library.
On May 22, the Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum discussed hypothetical megaprojects that could be engineered to protect Virginia’s coasts from floods and storms.
On May 8, students from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) prepared to present the final draft of a land use plan for the Lands End Subdivision’s Captain Sinclair property. But first—lunch.
Graduate student interns Raph Mazzone and Bea Vianna will help Virginia Sea Grant how scientists work together in interdisciplinary research projects.
On May 19, realtors and interested citizens attended a Virginia Sea Grant-funded pilot seminar to address the issues of recurrent flooding and changing conditions of flood insurance in the Middle Peninsula.
On April 24, 2015, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula watermen kicked off the Virginia Watermen’s Heritage Tour Program.
March 17, 2015 marked the kickoff to an Urban Land Institute Hampton Roads “Reality Check” series of annual events on sea level rise and flooding issues.
On April 2, former VCPC clients shared their positive experiences working with the VCPC at the 26th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington.
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.
The VCPC is evaluating the issue of local government authority under the Dillon Rule to help Virginia localities effectively adapt to sea level rise.
This Spring, two VCPC students will work with the James River Association to assess the storage of unregulated chemical substances along the James River.
This Spring, two VCPC students will examine a system of drainage ditches across Matthews County that often floods into nearby roads and properties.
This Spring, a VCPC student is researching the impacts of coal tar sealants on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.