Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

On the Bay

aerial view of Newport Bay, a Delmarva coastal bay

Helping Local Planners Improve the Quality of Coastal Bays

Jeffrey Brainard • January 21, 2016
The coastal bays along the Delmarva Peninsula need help. Excess nitrogen from human activities is harming their fragile ecosystems. Scientists worked closely with municipal and county planners to develop easy-to-use methods that could help them better manage these effects.  Read more . . .
researcher Laura Lapham uses device to collect Chesapeake Bay water

Scientists Study Effects of Fall Storms and Wind on Bay’s “Metabolism”

Jeffrey Brainard • December 16, 2015
Big storms can impair the Chesapeake Bay’s water quality by dumping rain that washes pulses of nutrients and sediments into the estuary. But as twin storms hit the region in October, University of Maryland scientists traveled out out on stormy waters to study another effect: how storm-driven winds stir up nutrients from the Bay’s bottom zone.  Read more . . .
photo of students at aquaponics lab, Baltimore Poly

These High School Students Built a Fish Farm in a Classroom

Jeffrey Brainard • December 10, 2015
The assignment: build an "aquaponics" laboratory. The educational goal: teach students to apply science and engineering to solve practical problems. And have fun doing it.   Read more . . .
photo of European green crab

Live Bait Packaging: A Threat to the Health of the Chesapeake Bay?

Meg Wickless • November 24, 2015
Live bait packages shipped to the Mid-Atlantic from distributors in Maine harbor dozens of species of non-native, marine organisms, a newly published study says. These species can end up in our region’s waters, where they may become invasive and alter ecosystems.   Read more . . .
photo of hurricane

Marylanders Know That Most Climate Scientists Agree About Climate Change

Jeffrey Brainard • November 2, 2015
Nearly half of Marylanders know that a strong consensus exists among climate scientists that the climate is changing, a new survey says — a finding with implications for public policy. Among the possible harmful effects of climate change in Maryland, many survey respondents cited effects on the Chesapeake Bay.  Read more . . .