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
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
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.