Climate Change & Resilience Center Collaboration

Partners Old Dominion University (ODU) -- represented by ODU President John R. Broderick (Left), William & Mary Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) -- represented by Director Roy A. Hoagland (Center), and Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) -- represented by Dean John T. Wells (Right) at

On Dec. 21, 2015, Partners Old Dominion University (ODU) -- represented by ODU President John R. Broderick -- and William & Mary Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) -- represented by Director Roy A. Hoagland -- and Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) -- represented by Dean John T. Wells -- stood shoulder to shoulder (see photo above) with the McAuliffe Administration as the Governor shared with the media the recommendations of his Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission.  It's top priority:  the creation of a "climate change and resilience resource center."  The Governor embraced this recommendation and proposed funding for its establishment as a joint project of ODU, VIMS and VCPC in his budget. The Governor described this center as a unique initiative seen no where else in the world. … [Read more...]

Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic

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          by James Andris, Class of 2015 Originally from Philadelphia, James graduated from Elon University, North Carolina, with a B.A. in psychology. He currently serves as a William & Mary Law Review staff member, National Trial Team member, and Benjamin Rush Scholar. As a third-year law school student, I have lost track of the number of legal professionals who have offered me career advice. Their counsel generally consists of three parts: a heated opinion concerning the efficacy of specializing in a single practice versus the utility of studying multiple legal fields; horror stories relating to professors or classmates (sometimes both); and the unassailable conclusion that students should break free from academic atmospheres and experience the law through internships, externships, and … [Read more...]

National Geographic, Sea Level Rise, and Virginia’s Coasts: Part II: Navigating Economic Impacts and Solutions

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“As the planet warms, the sea rises.  Coastlines flood.  What will we protect?  What will we abandon?  How will we face the danger of rising seas?” Tim Folger’s popular National Geographic article focuses on the dangers of sea level rise across the planet, to which Virginia’s coasts will also be vulnerable. In addition to demonstrating that our planet’s coasts will be vulnerable, Folger goes on further to point out the economic risks rising seas pose and possible solutions for mitigating those risks. Folger thinks sea level rise is no longer a secret or something we can keep denying, but rather he thinks its a reality we will all need to face sooner or later.  As discussed in Part I of this Blog article, while Folger did not discuss the risks for Virginia specifically, the Virginia coasts are not immune to rising … [Read more...]

National Geographic, Sea Level Rise, and Virginia’s Coasts: Part I: The Threat is Real

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“As the planet warms, the sea rises.  Coastlines flood.  What will we protect?  What will we abandon?  How will we face the danger of rising seas?” In a recent and popular article, National Geographic’s Tim Folger addressed the dangerous effects of rising seas across the world.   The article focused on more extreme weather events resulting from climate change and was paired with an interactive map showing the dangers of sea level rise across the world.  While the article doesn’t focus on Virginia, it’s clear from the maps and general issues discussed that Virginia will not be exempt from the dangers of sea level rise. In the fall of 2012, the Northeast was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  Through the course of its destruction, Hurricane Sandy managed to cause $19 billion in damages and the loss of forty-three … [Read more...]

Planning for Climate Change:  A View from India” – Rob Verchick, former Deputy Associate Admin for the Office of Policy and head of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force.  Author of Facing Catastrophe

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Rob Verchick, in addition to holding the Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University in New Orleans and serving as a visiting scholar at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi as a Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Fellow, is an incredible source of knowledge on the effects of climate change in India.   As Verchick pointed out, India is a country of paradoxes-- paradoxes of population, wealth, culture, economy, and even environment.  India’s environment is all over the place with Himalayan glaciers, coastline, forests, equatorial zone, erratic precipitation, higher seas, swifter seas, and in Verchick’s opinion, these paradoxes are precisely what makes India the most place to climate change in the world.  For India, rising sea levels are not a question of if, but of when.  But despite the enormous … [Read more...]

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