The Virginia Coastal Policy Center’s third annual climate change conference focused on the fiscal challenges of adaptation.
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.
Alfred Gabbin will apply skills he gained as a taxi driver while collaborating on the Virginia Coastal Policy Center’s Southeast community project.
Kathleen Zaratzian will practice balancing interests in environmental law as a student in the Virginia Coastal Policy Center.
Michael Killius and Jessica Lung gave a presentation to the Mathews County Planning Commission on the potential use of transferable development rights in responding to the challenges of sea level rise and recurrent flooding.
The Hokule’a, a Polynesian voyaging canoe, will visit the Chesapeake Bay region in April.
Dr. R. Christian Jones and Ms. Margaret (Peggy) Sanner, Esq. will explain the science and legal requirements of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load at the Science Museum of Virginia on March 23 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.
Elizabeth Andrews will join William & Mary Law School as a professor and co-director of the Virginia Coastal Policy Center in February.
Architecture students at Hampton University gained work experience designing ways to protect historic houses in a local neighborhood from sea level rise.
Old Dominion University engineering students gained real world work experience adapting a local neighborhood to sea level rise.
By Sydney MaHan, Student Corresponent Sarah Edwards first heard of the Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) when looking at potential law schools. The Center was one of main factors that influenced her decision to attend William & Mary. “The more I read about this [center], the more I knew that William & Mary was the […]
By Sydney MaHan, Student Correspondent Referring to herself, Jennifer Morris jokes, “she has been in school a long time.” Having a PhD in Art History and Archeology, Morris came to law school to jump-start her career in cultural heritage law, and she hopes to work for the government or a non-profit upon graduation. “For me […]
ODU and Hampton University engineers and architects have worked together before. But after the year-long effort to adapt a coastal community to deal with flooding, professors intend to keep the collaboration going!
As a graduate student in North Carolina, VASG’s post-doc fellow Amy Freitag reviewed 15 Fisheries Resource Grant projects funded by the state to study how scientists and fisheries professionals collaborated.
The Chesterfield Heights project has accomplished feats beyond flood control—it helped to develop a local community of practice for adaptation.
Jon Mueller, Vice President of Litigation for CBF talked with VCPC students about the litigation surrounding the hotly contested Chesapeake Bay TMDL.
Vanessa Valldejuli shares her experiences in local government as City Attorney for Hampton, VA.
“Instead of installing pumps or a lot of big berms and hard engineering, we wanted to figure out how we could make the landscape absorb more water.”
Architecture students design new ways to control water and build resilience to flooding without sacrificing the historic character of the neighborhood.
Experts may not have all the answers about how to prepare for flooding and sea level rise, but they know many of the right questions.