Science Serving Maryland's Coasts


The Chesapeake Bay in an international perspective: An analytical comparison of the role of scientific communities in the formation and stability of regimes for the governance of coastal and inland seas

Principal Investigator: 

Mark Sagoff

Start/End Year: 

1992 to 1994


University of Maryland, College Park

Co-Principal investigator: 

Wayne Bell, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science



This project undertakes an interdisciplinary comparative analysis of the formation and stability of major environmental management programs for four coastal or regional seas, including the Chesapeake Bay. The project inquires how the activities of scientific communities contribute to the success or failure of attempts at environmental governance. It will draw lessons from recent history concerning the prospects of cooperation among groups sharing a regional biological commons. The project would produce publishable papers preparatory to the planned Maryland International Conference on the Environmental Management of Coastal Seas.