Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/P-44

Assimilation modeling of planktonic processes in Chesapeake Bay with aircraft and satellite ocean color data

Principal Investigator: 

Lawrence W. Harding, Jr.

Start/End Year: 

1998 to 2001

Institution: 

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Co-Principal investigator: 

Raleigh Hood, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Description: 

This research will use ocean color data from satellite and aircraft instruments in data assimilation models to: quantify seasonal and interannual variability of phytoplankton biomass and productivity in the Chesapeake Bay with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution; use in combination with a coupled biological and physical model of Chesapeake Bay and the outflow plume to interpolate between observational periods, extend these observations in a third - vertical - dimension, and provide estimates of production and biomass of higher trophic levels.

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