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Coastal Habitats and Waterbirds

The coastal areas of the Chesapeake provide habitats for fish and crabs, migratory waterfowl, and space where nearly 10 million people live, work, and recreate. The USGS efforts include assessing and forecasting risks to coastal areas from sea-level rise and development, and the associated threats to waterbirds. The findings are being used to inform restoration and climate-adaptation efforts.

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USGS Part of New Federal Effort to Address Climate Change in the Chesapeake Watershed

Issue: The federal government will work together to implement the Chesapeake Executive Council Directive No. 21-1 Collective Action for Climate Change, recognizing that urgent attention is needed to confront the challenges that a changing climate poses to the Chesapeake Bay region. The Directive emphasizes the importance of the “…resiliency of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including its living...
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USGS Part of New Federal Effort to Address Climate Change in the Chesapeake Watershed

Issue: The federal government will work together to implement the Chesapeake Executive Council Directive No. 21-1 Collective Action for Climate Change, recognizing that urgent attention is needed to confront the challenges that a changing climate poses to the Chesapeake Bay region. The Directive emphasizes the importance of the “…resiliency of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including its living...
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USGS Conducts Assessment to Inform Black Duck Habitat Decisions

Issue: The Chesapeake Bay is along the Atlantic Flyway and has over 1 million migratory birds winter each year. Black ducks are one of 30 species that depends on habitats along Chesapeake Bay for their annual migration. Managing the black duck population at time when land use and sea-level rise pose a recognized peril to this species and their habitats require a strategic approach. The Chesapeake...
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USGS Conducts Assessment to Inform Black Duck Habitat Decisions

Issue: The Chesapeake Bay is along the Atlantic Flyway and has over 1 million migratory birds winter each year. Black ducks are one of 30 species that depends on habitats along Chesapeake Bay for their annual migration. Managing the black duck population at time when land use and sea-level rise pose a recognized peril to this species and their habitats require a strategic approach. The Chesapeake...
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New Crowd Sourcing Will Contribute to Study of Land Subsidence and Sea-Level Rise in the Chesapeake Bay

Issue: Chesapeake Bay region has the highest rate of relative sea-level rise on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Scientists use the term relative sea-level rise to describe the change in ocean height relative to changes in land elevation. Data indicate that vertical land motion in the form of subsidence has been responsible for more than half the relative sea-level rise measured in the...
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New Crowd Sourcing Will Contribute to Study of Land Subsidence and Sea-Level Rise in the Chesapeake Bay

Issue: Chesapeake Bay region has the highest rate of relative sea-level rise on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Scientists use the term relative sea-level rise to describe the change in ocean height relative to changes in land elevation. Data indicate that vertical land motion in the form of subsidence has been responsible for more than half the relative sea-level rise measured in the...
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Type of Wetlands Affect How Much Nitrogen is Removed from the Bay’s Tidal Rivers

Issue: Wetlands are important for removing nitrogen from rivers entering the Chesapeake Bay. More information is needed on how much nitrogen wetlands can remove.
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Type of Wetlands Affect How Much Nitrogen is Removed from the Bay’s Tidal Rivers

Issue: Wetlands are important for removing nitrogen from rivers entering the Chesapeake Bay. More information is needed on how much nitrogen wetlands can remove.
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Tripod-palooza—USGS Collaborates with Federal, State, and Academic Partners to Support Coastal Resiliency in the Wider Chesapeake Bay Area

In the Chesapeake Bay area, the Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center is partnering with over a dozen organizations in a pilot project this fall, resulting in the establishment of a baseline reference for an ongoing effort in monitoring coastal subsidence.
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Tripod-palooza—USGS Collaborates with Federal, State, and Academic Partners to Support Coastal Resiliency in the Wider Chesapeake Bay Area

In the Chesapeake Bay area, the Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center is partnering with over a dozen organizations in a pilot project this fall, resulting in the establishment of a baseline reference for an ongoing effort in monitoring coastal subsidence.
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Conserving Habitat for American Black Ducks

Chesapeake Bay Program video on Conserving Habitat for American Black Ducks
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Conserving Habitat for American Black Ducks

Chesapeake Bay Program video on Conserving Habitat for American Black Ducks
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Ospreys

Chesapeake Bay Program video on Ospreys
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Ospreys

Chesapeake Bay Program video on Ospreys
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Estuarine Processes, Hazards, and Ecosystems

Estuarine processes, hazards, and ecosystems describes several interdisciplinary projects that aim to quantify and understand estuarine processes through observations and numerical modeling. Both the spatial and temporal scales of these mechanisms are important, and therefore require modern instrumentation and state-of-the-art hydrodynamic models. These projects are led from the U.S. Geological...
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Estuarine Processes, Hazards, and Ecosystems

Estuarine processes, hazards, and ecosystems describes several interdisciplinary projects that aim to quantify and understand estuarine processes through observations and numerical modeling. Both the spatial and temporal scales of these mechanisms are important, and therefore require modern instrumentation and state-of-the-art hydrodynamic models. These projects are led from the U.S. Geological...
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Videos Highlighting USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities

A list of Chesapeake Bay Program videos highlighting USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities.
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Videos Highlighting USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities

A list of Chesapeake Bay Program videos highlighting USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities.
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Science Summary—Assessing Effects of Sea-level Rise on Upstream Ecosystem Conditions

A synthesis published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment addresses what is known about the ecosystem consequences of freshwater tides extending upstream into formerly nontidal rivers. The USGS and its partners, with support from the Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area, published an article that summarizes the known effects of sea-level rise pushing freshwater tides upstream into...
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Science Summary—Assessing Effects of Sea-level Rise on Upstream Ecosystem Conditions

A synthesis published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment addresses what is known about the ecosystem consequences of freshwater tides extending upstream into formerly nontidal rivers. The USGS and its partners, with support from the Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area, published an article that summarizes the known effects of sea-level rise pushing freshwater tides upstream into...
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Enhance science on coastal ecosystem structure, function, and resiliency to manage waterbirds

The Chesapeake Bay lies in the Atlantic Flyway and is home to almost 1 million waterfowl each winter. The waterfowl depend on coastal wetlands and shallow waters for habitat and food. These habitats are being lost to sea-level rise and development.
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Enhance science on coastal ecosystem structure, function, and resiliency to manage waterbirds

The Chesapeake Bay lies in the Atlantic Flyway and is home to almost 1 million waterfowl each winter. The waterfowl depend on coastal wetlands and shallow waters for habitat and food. These habitats are being lost to sea-level rise and development.
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USGS contributes to new STAC report on designing sustainable coastal habitats

The purpose of the Designing Sustainable Coastal Habitats workshop and the approach the workshop steering committee used to bring together scientists, habitat restoration partners, and policy makers to address three goals. The three workshop goals or themes were to: 1. Assess the current status and trending condition of coastal ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; 2. Assess the capacity of...
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USGS contributes to new STAC report on designing sustainable coastal habitats

The purpose of the Designing Sustainable Coastal Habitats workshop and the approach the workshop steering committee used to bring together scientists, habitat restoration partners, and policy makers to address three goals. The three workshop goals or themes were to: 1. Assess the current status and trending condition of coastal ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; 2. Assess the capacity of...
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