Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

  • Welcome

    Maryland Sea Grant College at the University of Maryland works to apply science to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal resources. We fund and explain scientific research to help leaders and communities deal with our state’s major environmental challenges. We promote a sustainable coastal economy.

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  • Chesapeake Quarterly Magazine

    Watching the Bay & Beyond  (June 2016)

    A vast network of individual observing systems keeps watch on U.S. estuaries, coasts, and oceans. The Chesapeake Bay lies within MARACOOS. These systems work to ensure maritime safety, manage fisheries, protect ecosystem health, and help us adapt to climate change. Map, NOAA/IOOS

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  • Special Report on Sea Level Rise and Chesapeake Bay

    Today the pace of sea level rise in the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic region is among the fastest in the country — and forecast to accelerate in coming decades. Chesapeake Quarterly teamed with Bay Journal to produce a special report on the causes and the effects on people and the environment. Photograph, David Harp

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  • Video: The Lost Buoys of the Chesapeake

    In video interviews, oceanographer Bill Boicourt talks about his vision to create a Chesapeake Bay observing system called CBOS to use moored buoys stationed along the mainstem and major rivers of the estuary to capture the kind of data scientists needed to expand their understanding of the Chesapeake. Photograph, Daniel Pendick

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  • Research

    Support for sound scientific research and those who undertake it is at core of Maryland Sea Grant's mission. With a special focus on the Chesapeake Bay, we have a tradition of fostering innovative scientific inquiry and analysis. We emphasize projects that offer practical applications for the protection and restoration of Maryland’s coastal resources. 

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  • Education

    Maryland Sea Grant works to increase marine science literacy across the full spectrum of education, from children in grade school to Ph.D. candidates. We are committed to helping inform and equip citizens to take on the long-term challenges of protecting the environmental and economic sustainability of Maryland’s coastal resources.

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  • Communities

    Through its Extension program, Sea Grant reaches out to Maryland — to its citizens, community and government leaders, and industries. Our experts travel to towns and cities across the state where we work with Marylanders regularly to help them respond to environmental and social changes. Our goal is to foster viable communities that can live sustainably within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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  • Bay Issues

    Crabs, Oysters, Other Animals
    Oysters and crabs may be the Chesapeake Bay’s most famous fauna, but the estuary is also home to a colorful diversity of animal life — including spawning fish, crawling turtles, and even stinging jellyfish.

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Maryland Sea Grant College

Maryland Sea Grant College, a university-based partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is a service organization administered by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. We fund research, education, and outreach throughout the state of Maryland. Our offices are located in College Park, Maryland. Learn more about us.

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Program Announcements

Maryland Sea Grant has program development funds for start-up efforts or strategic support for emerging areas of research. Apply here.

University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension is looking for a Research Coordinator to work with UME's seafood technology specialist. For best consideration, apply by April 22, 2016. Find out more

CBOS: The First Chesapeake Bay Observing System

In 1991, CBOS buoys began capturing data all day every day in the Chesapeake, creating a record of wind events, river flows, storm surges, tidal surges and ebbs. Bill Boicourt talks about how he and fellow scientists set the system
up.  
More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Forecasting Sea Level Rise for Maryland

Scientists release new projections for future sea level rise for the Chesapeake Bay and for Maryland, Virginia and nearby Mid-Atlantic coastal areas. In these regions, sea levels are rising faster than the global average. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

 

Growing Oysters to Clean the Bay

Bay-area residents interested in restoring water quality in Chesapeake Bay can help through oyster gardening, growing oysters off a dock. Most of those dockside oysters will end up on sanctuary reefs where they will go to work filtering water at the rate of 50 gallons a day. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Poplar Island Marsh Study

Poplar Island in the mid-Chesapeake Bay is now being developed as a holding site for sediment dredged from the Bay's shipping channels. Scientist Lorie Staver is studying the ongoing regrowth of grasses planted to stabilize the island and to provide habitat for wildlife. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Breathing Lessons For the Bay

Three decades ago, scientists working on Maryland's Patuxent River showed how sewage discharges robbed the river of oxygen, creating dead zones that can kill fish and crabs. Their discoveries led to the current Bay cleanup campaign. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Anthropologist on the Bay

Do the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay
share similar values? Is their outlook rooted in their work, their sense of community? Anthropologist Michael Paolisso took those questions to Deal Island, an isolated enclave along Maryland's Eastern Shore. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

Lifeguard Academy

Summer brings sun, fun, and surf, but the surf contains threats to swimmers: rip currents that can sweep them out to sea. See how the Ocean City, Maryland, Beach Patrol saves lives. More videos from Maryland Sea Grant.

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Maryland Seafood

Our Extension specialist works with seafood processors and other businesses to improve sanitation and develop new products and markets. 

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Chesapeake Quarterly Magazine

Watching the Bay & Beyond: Observing systems help the nation protect its coasts, estuaries, and oceans.

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