Climate Change

Climate Change — Sea Level Rise, Increased Precipitation, and Land Subsidence all contributing to Increased Flooding.

This is the biggest challenge we face today.  

This is a new section of our website and is still under development, but to get started, we wanted to share some links with you to a trove of information on climate change work in Hampton Roads.

City of Virginia Beach

This link will take you to the information on the City’s website about their sea level rise and flooding planning work.  The sea level rise study being conducted by the Dewberry Group and the Comprehensive Stormwater Infrastructure study combined are providing a great deal of data, infrastructure information and are a solid platform for planning for the future.  Watch for announcements in spring 2019 about public meeting regarding the findings of the Dewberry Study.

Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resilience

Following years of leadership, collaboration, and demonstrated expertise in a wide array of resilience and water-related disciplines, and recognizing that flooding affects the entire Commonwealth, Old Dominion University, the College of William & Mary, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have established the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency.  This is a collaborative project bringing together the sciences, law, engineering, and the social sciences to collaborate on this important effort.


Adapt VA is a project of the CCRFR described above and provides a wide range of information for homeowners, businesses and everyone who lives, works, and recreates in coastal Virginia or has an interest in our future.  The portal provides a one-stop shop of evidence-based planning tools and resources to respond to changing climate conditions.

Fourth National Climate Assessment

On November 23, 2018, the Fourth National Climate Assessment was released by the federal government.  This work is a collaboration of 13 different federal departments and is very comprehensive.  The entire report is available at this link, but may be a little over-whelming.  On the home page you will see a link to the Summary Findings which is an excellent overview.  You may also want to go to the individual chapters and read Chapter 19 on the Southeast.

More to Come Soon

Watch this page for a lot more content coming soon, but these links will keep you busy for a while and give you lots of good information.  And keep in mind, as Paul Hawkins said in a commencement address in 2009:

If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data.  But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse.  What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world”