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Coastal Communities

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.


Parks on the Rise, but the Land is Sinking

Parks on the Rise, but the Land is Sinking

Secretary Ward discloses challenges and successes of the Department of Natural Resources as they preserve the Commonwealth’s watershed By VCPC correspondent Jesse Granger The Governor of Virginia’s entire state cabinet was going to spend the night in the Shenandoah River State Park. When Molly Ward, Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), had first […]

Amphibious Architecture in Hampton Roads?

Amphibious Architecture in Hampton Roads?

The latest adaptation forum explored how emergent technologies, like floating foundations, can be used to solve Hampton Roads’ recurrent flooding problem.

Working Today, for a Better Tomorrow

Working Today, for a Better Tomorrow

Elizabeth Andrews and Peggy Sanner spoke about sea level rise and water pollution at the second First Tuesday talk hosted by the VCPC.

Entirely New Coastal Ecosystem

Entirely New Coastal Ecosystem

Virginia Institute of Marine Science professor talks about the causes and effects of climate change during Virginia Coastal Policy Center speaker series.

Adaptation Forum Supplies End Users with Latest Sea Level Rise Science

Adaptation Forum Supplies End Users with Latest Sea Level Rise Science

July’s Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum sought to provide scientists, planners, engineers, emergency managers, and other end users with the latest science in sea level rise.

VCPC Welcomes New Semester of Students

VCPC Welcomes New Semester of Students

A new semester means new William & Mary Law School students join the Virginia Coastal Policy Center. The nine new students will work in groups on projects related to coastal resource management issues currently facing Virginia and the nation. Meet the students and read about their diverse projects below.   Patrick Harner will research challenges associated […]

VCPC’s Annual Conference to Feature Working Waterfronts

VCPC’s Annual Conference to Feature Working Waterfronts

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) is holding its annual conference on Friday, December 2, 2016.

VCPC Student Spotlight: Peter Quinn-Jacobs Develops Recurrent Flooding Resource

VCPC Student Spotlight: Peter Quinn-Jacobs Develops Recurrent Flooding Resource

VCPC student Peter Quinn-Jacobs spent this past summer developing a website of recurrent flooding science and policy information.

Environmental Justice Symposium Garners Prestigious Award for William & Mary Law Student Program

Environmental Justice Symposium Garners Prestigious Award for William & Mary Law Student Program

The William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review (ELPR) has received the Law Student Program of the Year Award for their environmental justice symposium.

Nurturing Collaboration to Find New Sea Level Rise Solutions

Nurturing Collaboration to Find New Sea Level Rise Solutions

Wetlands Watch in partnership with Virginia Sea Grant work together to combat the tangible threats of sea level rise in coastal Virginia.

Using Service Learning to Build Flooding Resilience

Using Service Learning to Build Flooding Resilience

ODU extension encourages service learning partnerships that increase resiliency in underserved coastal communities.

VASG Spearheads Coastal Storms Program Fellowship for Mid-Atlantic Region

VASG Spearheads Coastal Storms Program Fellowship for Mid-Atlantic Region

Six students from NY, NJ, DE, and VA will spend a year working on coastal storms research.

A New View of Flooding

A New View of Flooding

Virginia Sea Grant and Clark Nexsen’s first joint coastal resiliency fellow connects communities through flooding management.

Collaboration is Key in Sea Level Rise Resiliency Planning at 12th Adaptation Forum

Collaboration is Key in Sea Level Rise Resiliency Planning at 12th Adaptation Forum

In May, people from different sectors gathered to discuss sea level rise resiliency planning in Hampton Roads.

VCPC Partners with Southeast CARE Coalition to Address Environmental Issues in Newport News Community

VCPC Partners with Southeast CARE Coalition to Address Environmental Issues in Newport News Community

Together, the Virginia Coastal Policy Center and Southeast CARE Coalition are tackling sea level rise and land use issues.

VCPC Partners with Southeast CARE Coalition to Address Environmental Issues in Newport News Community

VCPC Partners with Southeast CARE Coalition to Address Environmental Issues in Newport News Community

VCPC is tackling sea level rise and land use issues with Southeast CARE Coalition.

Law Students Learn Virginia's Response to Clean Power Plan

Law Students Learn Virginia’s Response to Clean Power Plan

Angela Navarro, deputy secretary of natural resources with the Virginia attorney general, was a guest speaker at the VCPC.

VCPC to Provide Flooding Policy Analysis for Newly Created Center

VCPC to Provide Flooding Policy Analysis for Newly Created Center

The Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flood Resiliency will coordinate flooding resiliency in Virginia.

VCPC Helps Plant Change in Southeast Community of Newport News

VCPC Helps Plant Change in Southeast Community of Newport News

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center and the Southeast CARE Coalition partnered for a second year to plant trees in the Southeast Community.

Student with Sights on International Development Gets Practical Experience with VCPC

Student with Sights on International Development Gets Practical Experience with VCPC

In the Virginia Coastal Policy Center, Emily Gabor does hands-on work for the southeast community project.

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