Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP)
The essential water quality problem in the Chesapeake Bay is eutrophication; the over-enrichment of estuary waters that results in low bottom dissolved oxygen, excessive levels of algae, and poor water clarity.
The restoration effort is guided by three water quality standards: dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, and water clarity. The Chesapeake Bay Program has been applying increasingly sophisticated integrated models to support restoration for more than two decades.
The first integrated models were relatively crude, being nothing more than a simple linkage of a watershed model and a model of the estuary. As the scope and sophistication of decision making grew in the Chesapeake, the integrated models being used now include models of the airshed, watershed, estuary, living resources, and climate change.
This information was adapted from the Chesapeake Bay Program website. Exit
The Chesapeake Bay Program Integrated Model: The CBP integrates models of the airshed, watershed, estuary water quality and sediment transport, key living resources, and climate change.