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Virginia Tech launches the Center for Coastal Studies to address complex issues in the coastal zone
Coastal flooding in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Anamaria Bukvic.

Virginia Tech launches the Center for Coastal Studies to address complex issues in the coastal zone

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One of our IPO host institutes, Virginia Tech, proudly announces launch of Center for Coastal Studies.

Ensuring a vibrant and thriving coastal zone is one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Today, 60 percent of Virginia’s 8 million people live in the coastal zone. By 2045, the commonwealth’s population is projected to exceed 10 million people, with about 80 percent of Virginians living at the coast.

Accelerating sea-level rise, coastal hazards, and ocean acidification threaten livelihoods, health, and fish and wildlife species throughout the commonwealth and the world. At the same time, rapid economic development presents an opportunity in the face of these challenges.

“The cascading impacts of these stressors represent a formidable problem that can only be addressed by coordinated investment in research, teaching, outreach, and creating a community of action,” said Robert Weiss, director of the newly formed Center for Coastal Studies and professor of natural hazards in the Department of Geosciences in the College of Science. “This coordination is part of the Center for Coastal Studies’ mission to nurture coastal-zone related research and education and to create a better understanding of the processes that govern complex issues regarding sustainable solutions in the coastal zone.”

To read the full announcement, please go to Virginia Tech’s website.