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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.


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.

©Julia Robins/VASG

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.

Toren Elsen. ©VCPC

VCPC Analyzes Supplemental Environment Projects

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

Sean Smiley. ©VCPC

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.

Jeremy Forrest. ©VCPC

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.

James Andris. ©VCPC

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.

Jacob Testa. ©VCPC

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.

Garrett Gee. ©VCPC

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.

Hannah Fish. ©VCPC

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.

Ben Willis. ©VCPC

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).

©VCPC

A Week of Policy: VASG and VCPC in 2014

2014 has been a busy year for the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic (VCPC), and Virginia Sea Grant has never been more excited to count the clinic as part of its extension family.

©VIMS

Working Waterfronts Benefit Northampton Co. Businesses

Working waterfronts are critical for water-dependent business and a new report by Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant proves it.

Mark Brush (right) uses a smart board projector to demo the new model. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

Enduser Input Shapes Delmarva Bays Planning Tool

As part of the Delmarva Modeling Project, researchers met with endusers to develop a new tool aimed to improve the condition of Delmarva’s coastal bays.

©Julia Robins/VASG

VCU Students Talk Gloucester Land Use at Public Meeting

On October 7, interested Gloucester residents attended a public meeting to discuss the future use of the Lands End subdivision.

©Glenn Markwith

VA’s Watermen Tours Gain Insight From VASG Intern

This summer, CEC brought on a VASG-funded business intern to learn more about the pros and cons of watermen tours, both for consumers and watermen.

Michelle Covi. ©Julia Robins/VASG

Comparing Risk Assessment Tools for Sea Level Rise

Attendees of the Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum gathered to compare risk assessment tools for flooding and sea level rise.

A view of the Elizabeth River from one of Top Rack's docks. ©Julia Robins/VASG

Top Rack Marina Awarded “Clean Marina” Designation

The Virginia Clean Marina Program awarded Top Rack Marina with Clean Marine designation for voluntarily preventing and reducing pollution at their facility.

A photo of the model displaying oyster aquaculture vulnerability in Virginia and Maryland. Dark green represents places with no threat, while red represents places where significant use conflict exists. ©Julia Robins/VASG

Mapping the Bay to Plan for Shellfish Aquaculture

Who would suspect that in a bay with as much shallow water as the Chesapeake there would be competition for space in its shallow water habitat?

Encroaching seas have devastated trees at Bethel Beach in Mathews County, Virginia. ©Wetlands Watch

Sea Level Rise: A Relentless Reality That Virginia Must Plan For Carefully

Motivated by flooding from recent hurricanes, leaders at state and local levels have begun to take a serious look at planning for rising sea levels.

Stephanie Smallegan. ©VASG

Graduate Fellow Studies Storm Damage on Assateague Island

During her fellowship, Stephanie will study the effects of storm damage on coastal environments.

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