Maryland Leadership

Maryland & 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. 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.

Fighting surging seas

It is not an uncommon sight to see flooding from storm surges and high tides in some low-lying communities on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. With rising tidal ranges and threats of flooding from more intense storms, coastal communities are having to face harsh realities and decide on potential solutions to encroaching seas. Ming Li’s research focuses on the threats coastal communities face and potential solutions to the rising tides, as the impacts of climate change grow. MORE

Climate change reveals itself through shifts in Maryland weather

If you’ve noticed that when it rains these days, it really pours—you’re right. The Chesapeake region receives about 4.5 inches more of rain per year than it did a century ago. This is what climate change looks like. Victoria Coles and Raleigh Hood have been working to help the public visualize how much climate in the Chesapeake Bay region has changed during their lifetimes. They examined 114 years of data and found clear evidence that physical climate changes are well underway and species and habitats are responding those changes. MORE

Warming climate will impact dead zones in Chesapeake Bay

In recent years, scientists have projected increasingly large summer dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay, areas where there is little or no oxygen for living things like crabs and fish to thrive, even as long-term efforts to reduce nutrient pollution continue. Researchers warn that climate may also have significant impact that could change the equation for nutrient reduction goals. MORE

Warmer winters could lead to longer blue crab season

Scientists are predicting that warmer winters in the Chesapeake Bay will likely lead to longer and more productive seasons for Maryland’s favorite summer crustacean, the blue crab. Understanding warming trends critical to effectively managing ecosystems in the face of a changing climate. MORE