Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC)
The Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) is a non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Maryland. It is an association of six institutions, each with long-standing research on problems affecting the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. The participating institutions are the Johns Hopkins University, University System of Maryland, Smithsonian Institution, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Old Dominion University, and Pennsylvania State University.
The CRC encourages scientific and technical activities in the tidal Chesapeake Bay, its drainage basin, and adjoining watershed, as well as adjacent coastal waters of the Middle Atlantic Bight. CRC's primary role is to assemble multi-disciplinary scientific expertise in innovative research initiatives to focused research on local to regional issues and from these activities, inform the management community to foster science-based management across the region.
The CRC provides administrative support to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) which provides scientific and technical guidance to the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) on measures to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay. STAC recently submitted a letter to the CBP detailing the committee's investigations into climate change impacts on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Since 2007, STAC has collaborated with scientific experts from across the region to assess the current state of climate change research as it relates to the Bay watershed. The letter outlined many concerns STAC has with the CBP programs and policies that do not correctly account for climate change.
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