Waters Rising: A View From Our Backyard

Waters Rising: A View From Our Backyard

The Chrysler Museum of Art has partnered with Old Dominion University’s Institute for Coastal Adaptation & Resilience (ICAR) to present Waters Rising: A View From Our Backyard.

Communities across the Hampton Roads region routinely witness the adverse impacts of sea-level rise, coastal erosion, and climate change. Flooded streets and waterlogged cars have become familiar sights as high tides and intensifying storms push water further into low-lying neighborhoods. While sea-level rise and increased flooding threaten the well-being of individuals, communities, and the entire region, the need to build sustainable practices that mitigate or adapt to change has become increasingly urgent.

Waters Rising explores the research undertaken by ICAR to strengthen coastal resilience in Hampton Roads. Read more about the exhibition.This site is a complement to the museum exhibition from December 24, 2021–May 29, 2022 and an archive of materials from the exhibition.

Acknowledgements & Dedication


Browse the Waters Rising: A View From Our Backyard Collections:


Why This Is Happening

Blue Line Project

How Flooding Impacts Water Quality

Coastal Flood Map

Flood Stories

Artistic Interpretations

What You Can Do

Waters Rising Image Gallery

Acknowledgements and Dedication

Calendar of Events