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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.


Dutch Insights for Virginia Coasts

Dutch Insights for Virginia Coasts

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.

Keeping Floods at Bay: Adaptation Forum Looks at Megaproject Pros, Cons

Keeping Floods at Bay: Adaptation Forum Looks at Megaproject Pros, Cons

On May 22, the Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum discussed hypothetical megaprojects that could be engineered to protect Virginia’s coasts from floods and storms.

VCU Team Presents Final Plan for Lands End Subdivision

VCU Team Presents Final Plan for Lands End Subdivision

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.

George Mason Students Study Scientists' Interdisciplinary Research

George Mason Students Study Scientists’ Interdisciplinary Research

Graduate student interns Raph Mazzone and Bea Vianna will help Virginia Sea Grant how scientists work together in interdisciplinary research projects.

Realtor Seminar: The New World of Floods, Flood Insurance

Realtor Seminar: The New World of Floods, Flood Insurance

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.

VA Launches Watermen's Heritage Tour Program (SLIDESHOW)

VA Launches Watermen’s Heritage Tour Program (SLIDESHOW)

On April 24, 2015, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula watermen kicked off the Virginia Watermen’s Heritage Tour Program.

Sea Level Rise Reality Check Comes to Hampton Roads

Sea Level Rise Reality Check Comes to Hampton Roads

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.

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.

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