This interface provides access to several types of data related to the Chesapeake Bay. Bay Program databases can be queried based upon user-defined inputs such as geographic region and date range. Each query results in a downloadable, tab- or comma-delimited text file that can be imported to any program (e.g., SAS, Excel, Access) for further analysis. Comments regarding the interface are encouraged. Questions in reference to the data should be addressed to the contact provided on subsequent pages.
To insure data accuracy, the Bay Program maintains a Quality Assurance Program that monitors and tracks several environmental data sets that look at pollutants, water quality, land use, algae, fish, crabs and submerged aquatic vegetation.
Modeling: Environmental models are essential for simulating ecosystems that are either too large or too complex to isolate for experiments in the real world. These simulations, called scenarios, allow scientists to predict positive or negative changes within our ecosystem due to management actions such as improved sewage treatment, controlling urban sprawl, or reduced fertilizer or manure application on agricultural lands.
Monitoring: Monitoring the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries allows Bay Program partners to detect changes that take place; improves our understanding of the natural environment; and reveals trends over time that can provide valuable information to policy makers. The Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program, which began in 1984, is a Bay-wide cooperative effort involving Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the District of Columbia, several federal agencies, 10 institutions and over 30 scientists.
Resource Lands Assessment: The Resource Lands Assessment (RLA) provides a regional multi-state look at the most important remaining resource lands in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The RLA uses GIS models and expert knowledge to assess the value of resource lands within the watershed, providing guidance to state and local government in land protection strategy development, serving as an information resource for the land trust community, suggesting conservation focus areas to complement watershed restoration plans, and identifying areas important to maintain for the forest products industry.
Chesapeake Bay Quality Assurance Program : To insure this accuracy, the Chesapeake Bay Program maintains a Quality Assurance Program that monitors and tracks several environmental data sets that look at pollutants, water quality, land use, algae, fish, crabs and submerged aquatic vegetation. The Chesapeake Bay Quality Assurance Program ensures that information from over 40 agencies and research institutions are not only scientifically valid, but comparable among researchers working in all parts of the watershed.