Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting

Scope and Purpose

The Scientific, Technical Assessment & Reporting (STAR) Team Purpose:

Increase collaboration among science providers to provide monitoring, modeling, and analysis needed to update, explain, and communicate ecosystem condition and change to support the Chesapeake Bay Program Goal Teams.

Function of STAR within the Chesapeake Bay Program Framework:

The new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement signed on June 16, 2014 will require additional monitoring, modeling, and analysis to help decision makers effectively achieve goals and associated outcomes. CBP science activities are coordinated through the STAR Team. Over the past several years, STAR had a heavy emphasis on water-quality activities as the partners implemented the Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). To address the needs of the Watershed Agreement, STAR is evolving to have more of an ecosystem-based science mission.  The STAR Team serves the CBP as a science callaboration effort to include the following major functions:

  • Manage CBP-funded monitoring networks and coordinate with additional science providers to utilize expand networks to address the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.
  • Ensure information quality, management, and access.
  • Update, and deliver, the status and trends (indicators) of ecosystem conditions.
  • Explain ecosystem condition and change.
  • Expand modeling to better understand and predict ecosystem response.
  • Coordinate climate change activities.
  • Synthesize and communicate results to support the CBP decision framework being used by the Goal Teams to develop and implement management strategies for the New Agreement.



STAR Workgroups:

Much of the technical expertise needed to address the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement already exists within the Goal Teams and with science providers (federal, state, and academic partners) involved in the CBP. The STAR Team facilitates collaboration between science providers and Goal Teams as well as work within the six STAR Workgroups to support the CBP priorities and assist with management decision making. Please visit the "Workgroups & Task Groups" tab for more information on individual workgroups and action teams. 

Building Environmental Intelligence (BEI) (formerly BASIN):

STAR is currently facilitating a formal review of the CBP Monitoring Networks to recommend effort to sustain the Chesapeake Bay Monitoring in the face of funding uncertainty and inflationary pressures. BEI is a three phase process that delivered recommendations for a short-tmer funding GAP in 2013 and is moving forward to look at network design and opperational efficiencies as well as the potential for new partners in monitoring. 

STAR also hosts the IAN Seminar Series:

The goal of the IAN seminar series is to provide concise, thought-provoking ideas relating to Chesapeake Bay science and management. Short presentations (15 minutes maximum length) are immediately followed by a lunchtime discussion of the topics raised by the presenter. The discussion is summarized and is posted along with a pdf version of the seminar slides. The seminars are captured on video and posted under a Creative Commons license so they can be freely shared.

Projects and Resources

Cross-Goal Team Mapping Project January 2017

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement recognizes that “to be successful in achieving its goals and outcomes, progress must be made in a strategic manner, focusing on efforts that will achieve the most cost-effective results.” It further acknowledges that using place-based approaches, where appropriate, will help produce recognizable benefits to local communities while contributing to larger ecosystem goals.

STAR, with the CBP GIS Team, is supporting  a cross-outcome mapping effort for the Goal Implementation Teams (GITs) to more effectively collaborate on inter-related outcomes,  This project is helping to identify places where the CBP can more strategically make progress toward inter-related outcomes.