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Modeling Lab Action Team

Scope and Purpose

The Modeling Lab Action Team is committed to proceeding forward with more in-depth evaluation of the recommendation for establishing a Chesapeake Bay Modeling Laboratory and other alternatives to achieve the recommendations of the NRC committee. The action team will report back to the Management Board on its findings, options, and recommendations. In turn, the Management Board would then decide on what specific recommendations to put forward for deliberation and final decisions by the Principals’ Staff Committee.


  • Evaluation of other existing modeling laboratories and adaptive management programs that encompass modeling, addressing how they function and how applicable their structure, and mandate is to the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership.
  • Consideration of the range of options for what would constitute a Chesapeake Bay modeling laboratory, a virtual laboratory, or responsive program reorganization that is capable of carrying out the functions outlined by the NRC committee and addressing the series of existing STAC and the jurisdictions’ recommendations on modeling.
  • Development of options and recommendations for actual institutional sponsorship and how the laboratory would function for carrying out mandates.
  • Assessment of the possible range of financial investments and funding mechanisms required.

Why a Modeling Lab?

  • Evaluating uncertainty in model simulations and assessing monitoring data needs
  • Improve the predictive skill of the models
  • Improve model credibility
  • Incorporating multiple modeling approaches
  • Emphasize open-source models exercised cooperatively with the scientific community

  • Mark Bennett (Chair), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

  • Larry Band, University of North Carolina
  • Heather Cisar, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore District
  • Lee Currey, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Dominic Di Toro, University of Delaware
  • Theo Dillaha, Virginia Tech
  • Marjy Friedrichs, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
  • Amy Guise, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore District
  • Raleigh Hood, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
  • Bill Keeling, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Lewis Linker, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Rick Luettich, University of North Carolina
  • Dave Montali, Tetra Tech, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
  • Kevin Sellner, Chesapeake Research Consortium, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
  • Gary Shenk, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Ted Tesler, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Howard Townsend, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Don Weller, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
  • Claire Welty, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), University of Maryland Baltimore County

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