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Ecosystem Based Management Conference Session: Development of Habitat Suitability Models for Ecosyst

March 24, 2009 - March 24, 2009
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Baltimore Harbor Marriott


Modeling efforts within the Chesapeake Bay have failed to effectively link water quality

and habitat degradation or restoration to changes in living resource populations. Habitat

suitability models represent a principal means to develop such associations but have not

seen extensive development or application within the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. A 1.5

day workshop, Co-chaired by Dr.s David Secor and Denise Breitburg (Smithsonian

Environmental Research Center), was held in Baltimore as part of the March 2009

Chesapeake Bay Research Consortium’s Ecosystem Based Management Conference.

Experts presented state-of-the-art habitat suitability models that ranged from statistical

approaches that permit water quality to be translated into living resource distribution

maps to dynamic models that track individual oysters and fish as they respond to

conditions that vary continuously.

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