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Chesapeake Bay's role in greenhouse gas release and capture

A team of scientists from UMCES spent several days aboard the Chesapeake Bay research vessel Rachel Carson collecting DNA from the Chesapeake Bay. Their goal was to understand how much the Chesapeake Bay is a source of greenhouse gases to atmosphere versus a sink, or container, and how it impacts the Earth’s changing climate.
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Harmful Algal Blooms

Every drop of water from a body of water is full of algae. Most of them are the beneficial. We need those algae because they are the base of the food web for all marine life. Unfortunately, a small fraction of that algal community can be harmful.
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Fighting Surging Seas in a Changing Climate

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.
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Poplar Island: A story of successful restoration

The reconstruction of the island is also a collaborative scientific effort to effectively and successfully restore the habitat.
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Science at Sea

I was just 55 miles from the nearest land, but it felt as though it could have been hundreds of miles away. The opportunity to join 15 scientists for six days off the coast of Bermuda gave me a great perspective on how important the world’s oceans are to our planet.
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Restoring streams

Streams are complex ecosystems. Researcher Bob Hilderbrand is looking at whether the costly restoration of degraded streams in Maryland is effective, or even possible.
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