Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay: State-of-the-Science Review and Recommendations

This report from the Chesapeake Bay Program Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) addresses the current understanding of climate change impacts on the tidal Chesapeake Bay, and identifies critical knowledge gaps and research priorities. It is intended to provide the basis for incorporating climate change considerations into resource management decisions.

Section 1 identifies the knowledge gaps and research priorities. These are focused on understanding climate change drivers, monitoring climatic conditions, understanding the impacts to current restoration strategies and Bay program goals, and strategic recommendations for the Bay Program going forward that will support the development of resilient and adaptive management measures.

Section 2 of the report then describes the foundation of scientific information underlying the recommendations in Section 1. For example, it describes climatic and hydrologic processes such as water temperature, sea-level rise, and stream flow.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) provides scientific and technical guidance to the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) on measures to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay

Publication Date: September 2008

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Christopher R. Pyke
  • Raymond Najjar
  • Mary Beth Adams
  • Denise Breitburg
  • Carl Hershner
  • Robert Howarth
  • Michael Kemp
  • Margaret Mulholland
  • Michael Paolisso
  • David Secor
  • Kevin Sellner
  • Denice Wardrop
  • Robert Wood

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  • Climate science

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