Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Center for Coastal Resources Management
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) develops and supports integrated and adaptive management of coastal zone resources. To fulfill this mission, the Center undertakes research, provides advisory service, and conducts outreach education. Within its broader mission, the Center has specific tasks to support Virginia’s wetlands and shoreline management programs.
The “Potential Response to Sea Level Rise by Virginia Coastal Localities” project was undertaken by CCRM to assess the likelihood that coastal localities along the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay shorelines, potentially at risk from sea level rise, would be defended in some way.
The report “Comprehensive Coastal Resource Management Guidance” was developed in 2011 by the Center for Coastal Resource Management as the planning guidance for “Living Shorelines” for Tidewater Virginia communities - as implemented by VA SB 964, the guidance is designed to inform managers about the benefits of ecosystem services, communicate the current understanding of coastal systems, and highlights the costs and benefits of living shorelines versus traditional erosion control practices.
A database “Climate Change Impacts in Virginia,” was developed by CCRM and is housed on their website. This database has information on natural resource, meteorological and economic datasets specific to conditions throughout Virginia.
Phone: (804) 684-7380
- Recommendations to the Secure Commonwealth Panel on the Issue of Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding in Coastal Virginia
- VIMS Recurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia
- Virginia Living Shorelines Initiative