• Progress

    The baseline for this outcome has not been determined.

    The Chesapeake Bay is one of the most vulnerable regions in the nation to the impacts of climate change. Warming temperatures, rising seas, flooding coasts, eroding shorelines, extreme weather events and changes in the abundance and migration patterns of wildlife have already been observed in the region. Adjusting our environmental protection and restoration efforts to these changing environmental conditions will ensure our living resources, habitats and communities can recover from and adapt to the impacts of climate change over time.

  • Management Strategy

    To achieve the climate adaptation outcome, participating partners have committed to:

    • Compiling and assessing current efforts and lessons learned from past and ongoing climate adaptation planning and programmatic efforts within the watershed;
    • Preparing a state-of-the-science synthesis of climate impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation information;
    • Reviewing and revising conservation, restoration and protection goals and objectives to accommodate anticipated climate-related impacts;
    • Engaging stakeholders in establishing climate adaptation priorities;
    • Increasing the institutional capacity of the Chesapeake Bay Program to prepare for and respond to climate change; and
    • Tracking the effectiveness of and ecological response to climate adaptation actions.

    Monitoring and assessing progress toward the outcome will occur through a suite of indicators that will be selected by our partners and stakeholders.

    As part of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s partnership-wide implementation of adaptive management, progress toward this outcome will be reviewed and discussed by the Management Board in August of 2017.

  • Work Plan
    Chesapeake Bay Program partners have committed to taking specific actions over the course of 2016 and 2017 to achieve the high-level approaches identified in the management strategy above.
  • Participating Partners

    The Climate Resiliency Workgroup leads the effort to achieve this outcome. It works in partnership with the Sustainable Fisheries, Habitat, Water Quality and Healthy Watersheds goal implementation teams.

    Participating partners include:

    • State of Delaware
    • University of Maryland (State of Maryland)
    • Bucknell University (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)
    • Penn State University (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)
    • Christopher Newport University (Commonwealth of Virginia)
    • Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (Commonwealth of Virginia)
    • Institute of Marine Science (Commonwealth of Virginia)
    • Old Dominion University (Commonwealth of Virginia)
    • Polytechnic Institute and State University (Commonwealth of Virginia)
    • The District of Columbia
    • The Chesapeake Bay Commission
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • National Park Service
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • U.S. Geological Survey
    • Chesapeake Bay Journal
    • Chesapeake Research Consortium
    • The Conservation Fund
    • Maryland Sea Grant
    • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
    • National Wildlife Federation
    • Sierra Club
    • Wetlands Watch