Warming climate could increase bacterial impacts on Chesapeake Bay shellfish, recreation

Researchers have found that three common species of Vibrio bacteria in Chesapeake Bay could increase with changing climate conditions by the end of this century, resulting in significant economic and healthcare costs from illnesses caused by exposure to contaminated water and consumption of contaminated shellfish. The study, the first to apply a new way of downscaling global climate models to the Chesapeake Bay, was conducted by NOAA scientists and colleagues and published in GeoHealth.