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USGS Climate and Land Use Change Activities

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USGS Evaluates the Potential Impacts of Land and Climate Change

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Projecting the effects of land and climate change on Chesapeake Bay resources and communities is essential for planning how to adapt to these future conditions. The projections will help meet the goals and outcomes of the Watershed Agreement for protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed and for Chesapeake Bay partnership activities. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other partners to better instill an understanding of land and climate change in the planning and modeling of water quality, habitat, fish and wildlife, and land conservation. Some specific activities for the USGS include:

The USGS is working in partnership with federal partners (NOAA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service) and State and academic partners to address these potential impacts. We are working with regional efforts including Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers to conduct these science activities.

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