VASG-funded researcher John Boon and his team have added forecasts to their tide monitoring website, giving residents of the lower Chesapeake Bay region a new tool for gauging the magnitude of coastal flooding in a given location and minimizing its potential impacts.
Melissa Keywood has received a 2012 Walter B. Jones Award for Excellence in Coastal and Ocean Management. Keywood recently finished her master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia (UVA).
A century from now, 18-30% of Virginia Beach’s current land area could be underwater, according to a number of studies of projected sea level rise. On a shorter timescale, many residents are already seeing increased flooding, erosion, and storm damage. These impending changes led to a partnership between a team of students and faculty from the University of Virginia and the City of Virginia Beach, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and the nonprofit, Wetlands Watch, for a series of projects aimed at helping the city respond and adapt to sea level rise.
Flooding along Virginia’s coasts is just a fact of life, especially during hurricanes and Nor’easters. To monitor to flooding conditions, emergency managers along coastal Virginia have been turning to TideWatch, a water level monitoring system produced by Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) researchers. Recently, the VIMS researchers behind TideWatch released and, with the help of Virginia Sea Grant, trained emergency managers in a new experimental flood-forecasting system.