• Chesapeake Modeling
    Symposium 2016

    Chesapeake Challenge: Advancing transparency
    and communication through
    community modeling.

    Event Program
  • Chesapeake Modeling
    Symposium 2016

    1–2June2016Williamsburg, VA

  • Chesapeake Modeling
    Symposium 2016

    Williamsburg Doubletree Hotel

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Advancing transparency and communication through community modeling

- June 2016, Williamsburg

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 fifth 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.

Current Modeling

Numerical models are used extensively for marine research and also to guide management efforts in Chesapeake Bay and around the world. Many of these models are very complex.

The Issue

For example, the Chesapeake Bay Program modeling system is composed of a set of sub-models of the airshed, watershed and estuary and it also includes living resource components such as submerged aquatic vegetation, oysters and fish. Each of these sub-models consists of a complex system of equations that have been developed implemented by experts in each field. Combined, the CBP modeling system is too complex for one person to fully comprehend, yet we have to rely on this system to guide crucial management decisions that directly impact numerous stakeholder groups.

A Solution

One way to increase the transparency of complex models is through the use of open source and community modeling approaches that allow direct access to the code and encourage broad participation in the model development process. But these approaches create some significant challenges and they do not address the issue of how to increase transparency with stakeholder groups. For the latter we may need to employ new participatory modeling methods that directly engage stakeholders in the model development and/or application process.

By bringing together modelers, managers, scientists, and stakeholders for a series of plenary talks, panel discussions, and special sessions, the 2016 Chesapeake Modeling Symposium (ChesMS16) will focus on the challenge of increasing communication and transparency in the model development and application process through open source, community and participatory modeling.

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Plenary Speakers

  • Plenary

    Rich Batiuk, CBPO

    Rich Batiuk

    The Challenge of Transparency in Management modeling – The Chesapeake Bay Program Experience

    Rich Batiuk is the Associate Director for Science, Analysis, and Implementation at the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program Office located in Annapolis, Maryland.

  • Plenary

    Kelly Shenk, CBPO

    Kelly Shenk

    Speaking your mind and moving forward - Engaging Agriculture and Environmental Groups in Constructive Ways to Achieve Chesapeake Bay Restoration

    Kelly has an over 20-year history with the Environmental Protection Agency working closely with federal and state agencies and key stakeholders in the Chesapeake Bay Program on both technical and policy fronts addressing agriculture, toxics, and urban stormwater issues.

  • Plenary

    Jeff Blair, FSU/FCRC Consensus Center

    Jeff Blair

    Collaborative Approaches to Planning, Rule Making, and Dispute Resolution – How to Facilitate the Public's Involvement in Public Policy Development and Implementation

    Jeff is an Associate Director with the FCRC. His work for the FCRC has included facilitation, negotiation, process design, strategic planning, problem-solving, and consensus-building on a wide range of public policy initiatives.

Panel Discussion

During the morning of June 2, we will have a moderated panel discussion. Our moderator will be Dr. Kevin Sellner, former director of the Chesapeake Research Consortium. The theme of the discussion will be "The Challenge of Transparency in Management Modeling – What is Transparency, Why do we Need It, and How Do We Get There?" Our panelists are:

  • Elizabeth North, HPL/UMCES
  • John Kennedy, Virginia DEQ
  • Jim Fitzpatrick, HDR Inc.
  • Bill Street, James River Association
  • Ken Staver, Wye Research and Education Center
  • Gary Shenk, USGS/Chesapeake Bay Program
  • Kristy Lewis, George Mason University
  • Carl Hershner, VIMS




The Symposium Will Be Held At

Williamsburg Doubletree Hotel

50 Kingsmill Road,
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185
TEL: +1-757-220-2500
WEB: link

Getting Here

Air Travel

From Williamsburg/Newport News Airport take the 1st left C Ave/Lear Dr Turn right Bland Blvd Turn left Jefferson Ave Merge onto I-64 W Take exit 243A for US-60 Turn left Kingsmill Road Hotel entrance on right

By Car

Directions Heading South on I-95. Take exit 84A on the left to merge onto I-295 S toward Rocky Mt NC/Richmond International, Take exit 28A to merge onto I-64 E toward Norfolk/VA Beach, Take exit 242A to merge onto VA-199 W/Humelsine Pkwy W toward Williamsburg/Jamestown, Take the US-60 ramp to Williamsburg/Busch Gardens, Turn right onto US-60 E/Pocahontas Trail, Turn right onto Kingsmill RD. Hotel will be on right.

Travel Notes

When making hotel reservations at the Doubletree, select "Add special rate code". Select “ Group Code”, where you will enter your "ID code" of CHE. The Group rate is $119.00/night


The following are sponsors of ChesMS16!