Maryland Leadership

Maryland and Climate Change

To meet the growing challenges climate change is having on Maryland, the region and the world, UMCES research programs seek to broaden our understanding of climate change’s effects on coastal ecosystems, specifically their sensitivity and adaptability to those changes.

While it’s widely understood that climate change effects temperature, rainfall, and sea level rise, UMCES is looking for answers to question critical to the region’s future. How will increased climate variability and its increase of “wet years” and “dry years” impact Chesapeake Bay restoration?  How will climatic cycles like the El Niño Southern Oscillation or the North Atlantic Oscillation impact coastal ecosystems across the country? And, how can the State of Maryland adapt to these change?

By collaborating with colleagues and providing institutional support to policymakers, UMCES scientists and graduate students are rising to the challenge of understanding the regional effects of climate change and charting a path to a more sustainable future.

UMCES-supported climate change reports

In addition to their research, UMCES scientists have produced several reports related to the consequences of climate change on marine and terrestrial systems, including the following representatives:


 UMCES is the lead institution on a multi-institutional grant from the National Science Foundation targeted at developing curricula for climate change. This Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education Assessment and Research (MADE CLEAR) program provides information on regional impacts of climate change, strategies for teaching climate change geared toward middle and high school teachers and their students. It also provides links to standards-based lessons and multimedia for teachers.