Chesapeake Frontiers: Modeling the watershed, estuary, living resources and the socio-economic system

Scope and Aims

The Chesapeake Community Modeling Program (CCMP) seeks to improve modeling tools and related resources specific to the Chesapeake Bay, its watershed, and connected environmental systems by fostering collaborative open source research. Toward this end, the CCMP is convening the fourth bi-annual Chesapeake Modeling Symposium as a venue to identify and showcase existing modeling efforts as well as communicate how models are used as decision support tools by different developer and user groups.

Environmental models are increasingly taking on higher profile roles in the management process. Numerical models have been used extensively to guide management efforts in Chesapeake Bay. These models include simulations of the airshed, watershed and estuary and have included living resource components such as submerged aquatic vegetation and fish. Although these models are some of the most advanced in the world, many challenges remain. These include the need for higher spatial resolution and better mechanistic representations of physical, biological and chemical processes in the airshed, watershed and estuary. More flexible approaches are also needed for representing management impacts on living resources and particularly higher trophic levels. Linking these models to human impacts and socio-economic systems is another challenge that has not yet been addressed. More flexible (modular) approaches could also facilitate the use of multiple models. However, the development of increasingly complex end-to-end models that are difficult to validate, understand and diagnose also points to the need to develop alternative simplified empirical and mechanistic models for specific management applications.

By bringing together modelers, managers, scientists, and stakeholders for a series of plenary talks, panel discussions, and special sessions, the 2014 Chesapeake Modeling Symposium will highlight recent progress, challenges and prospects for the next generation of Chesapeake Bay research and management models.

Planning Committee

  • Bill Ball - Johns Hopkins
  • Chris Duffy- Penn State University
  • Carl Friedrichs - Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Marjy Friedrichs - Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Courtney Harris - Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Raleigh Hood - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • Dave Jasinski - Chesapeake Research Consortium
  • Kevin McIlhany - United State Naval Academy
  • Kevin Sellner - Chesapeake Research Consortium
  • Gary Shenk - EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office
  • Howard Townsend - National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Alexey Voinov- ITC at the University of Twente
  • Claire Welty- University of Maryland Baltimore Campus