• 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. Documenting and assessing these changes will allow us to better anticipate, withstand and adapt to the threats facing our living resources, habitats and communities.

  • Management Strategy

    To achieve the climate monitoring and assessment outcome, participating partners have committed to:

    • Defining goals and establishing baselines for the monitoring, modeling and assessment of different aspects of climate change;
    • Identifying and prioritizing gaps in available assessment tools, scientific understanding and baseline monitoring;
    • Developing a conceptual climate monitoring, modeling and assessment model;
    • Designing climate monitoring and modeling plans;
    • Assessing climatic trends, documenting observed changes and conducting climate vulnerability assessments of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem;
    • Developing a research agenda; and
    • Reassessing priorities and revising goals.

    Monitoring and assessing progress toward the outcome will occur through a suite of environmental 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)
    • State of West Virginia
    • 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