Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/CBT-21

Ecosystem processes in relation to transport, partitioning, and effects of organic contaminants in Chesapeake Bay: A simulation modeling study - Year II.

Principal Investigator: 

W. Michael Kemp

Start/End Year: 

1993

Institution: 

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Co-Principal investigator: 

Jay Gooch, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; Joel E. Baker, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Description: 

The objective of the proposed study is to test the hypothesis that planktonic and benthic trophic dynamics and benthic-pelagic coupling control the speciation, transport, bioavailability, bioaccumulation and toxic effects for synthetic organic contaminants in Chesapeake Bay. We propose to develop a numerical simulation model of the key ecological processes: to integrate data collected by various investigators in the Bay region; to test hypothesis about interactions between trophic dynamics and contaminant fate/effects; and to provide information needed for Ecological Risk Assessment.