Coasts

The resilience of ecosystems and communities to climate change impacts

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Coast, beach and land aerial view

From the tropics to the poles, half the world’s population lives on coasts where the impacts of climate change are most intense. Storms are more frequent and severe. Sea-level rise causes prolonged, catastrophic flooding. Melting permafrost causes houses to collapse and roads to slump. National security infrastructure is threatened—and human lives, economies, and livelihoods hang in the balance. ERI focuses on interactions between people, infrastructure, and the changing environment—and on understanding natural processes, risks, and social equity issues. Our teams are working to restore ecosystems, understand and design resilient coasts, and inform policy and decision-making. We partner with rural and urban communities that face increasing risks from climate change to create a more resilient and sustainable future.

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Sun set over the coastal marshlands on the Eastern Shore

New PBS Documentary Features Work on the Eastern Shore

A documentary that aired on PBS highlights the challenges the Eastern Shore faces, with an emphasis on UVA's work to address flooding and resilience on the coast.
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LISTEN: Celebrating Earth Day with Environmental Scientist Dr. Scott Doney

In this special Hoos in Stem episode, UVA's Environmental Institute affiliate Scott Doney speaks with host Ken Ono.
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Navigating Climate Challenges: UVA Engineers and Environmental Scientists Aid Virginia’s Eastern Shore

As part of UVA's Environmental Institute , professors Venkat Lashmi and Jonathan Goodall lead UVA climate resilience projects like the Climate Equity Atlas.
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Tangier waterman in a 1953 photo

Documenting Tangier’s Watermen: Student Project Headed for Library of Congress

A project funded through EI's Environmental Futures Fellows program documents the working landscape of watermen and the locations of their crab shanties.
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Shenandoah Mountains
Climate Ambition Research Symposium
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Open House: Patrick Hancock and Emma White
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Sustainable Infrastructure for Sustainable Development: The Notion of Blending Gray and Green Infrastructure
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Bay Migrations Project: Cultural Artifacts of Risk Mitigation

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Co-Producing a Climate Equity Atlas on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Delivery of Critical Services