UA sociologist studies resiliency in communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy
The disastrous flooding Hurricane Sandy brought to Maryland's coastal communities left a long road to recovery.
Clean Air Act has led to improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed
A new study shows that the reduction of pollution emissions from power plants in the mid-Atlantic is making an impact on the quality of the water that ends up in the Chesapeake Bay. The study by scientists ...
Accurate maps of streams could aid in more sustainable development of Potomac River watershed
Where a stream ends is clear, but where it begins can be more difficult to discern. Researchers from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have developed a new method to solve this problem, ...
NOAA predicts possible record-setting deadzone for Gulf of Mexico
Scientists are expecting a very large "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico and a smaller than average hypoxic level in the Chesapeake Bay this year, based on several NOAA-supported forecast models.
Oysters could rebound more quickly with limited fishing and improved habitat
A new study shows that combining improved oyster restoration methods with limits on fishing in the upper Chesapeake could bring the oyster population back to the Bay in a much shorter period of time. The study led by Michael ...
Persistence of 'urban' organics downstream favors dead-zone formation
(Phys.org) —Each time it rains, runoff carries an earthy tea steeped from leaf litter, crop residue, soil, and other organic materials into the storm drains and streams that feed Chesapeake Bay.
Study highlights under-appreciated benefit of oyster restoration
Scientists have identified many benefits for restoring oyster reefs to Chesapeake Bay and other coastal ecosystems. Oysters filter and clean the water, provide habitat for their own young and for other species, ...
Researchers calculate the global highways of invasive marine species
Globalisation, with its ever increasing demand for cargo transport, has inadvertently opened the flood gates for a new, silent invasion. New research has mapped the most detailed forecast to date for importing potentially ...
Source of organic matter affects Bay water quality
Each time it rains, runoff carries an earthy tea steeped from leaf litter, crop residue, soil, and other organic materials into the storm drains and streams that feed Chesapeake Bay.
Study finds evidence of bacteria spread throughout the global ocean
Isotope fingerprints: Jaisi laboratory tracks chemicals in water, farmland throughout Mid-Atlantic
University of Delaware researcher Deb Jaisi is using his newly established stable isotope facility in the Environmental Biogeochemistry Laboratory (EBL) to find the fingerprints of isotopes in chemical elements—specifically ...
Study calls for flexible, multi-step approach to deal with flood risk
(Phys.org)—Recurrent coastal flooding—think Isabel, Ernesto, Irene, Sandy, the "Son of Ida," and numerous other unnamed nor'easters—is a significant and growing threat to the people and places of Tidewater ...
Study reveals that animals contribute to seagrass dispersal
Look out the window and you're likely to see the dispersal of seeds—dandelion tufts in the wind, a squirrel burying an acorn, a robin flying off with a dogwood fruit. You might even have a burr "velcroed" ...
New menhaden study will help identify balance between fishing and preserving Bay forage fish
Millions of tiny Atlantic menhaden swim in the Chesapeake Bay and are the favorite menu item of prized rockfish. They are also the heart of a major fish oil industry on the East Coast. However, their numbers have been declining.