Climate Change

researchers  collecting arctic sedimentTo 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.

Related research:

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: