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 - 2001


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


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.

Related Publications:

Adolf, JE; Place, AR; Stoecker, DK; Harding, LW. 2007. Modulation of polyunsaturated fatty acids in mixotrophic Karlodinium Veneficum (Dinophyceae) and its prey, Storeatula major (Cryptophyceae) Journal of Phycology43(6):1259 -1270. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8817.2007.00419.x. UM-SG-RS-2007-30.

Adolf, JE; Yeager, CL; Miller, WD; Mallonee, ME; Harding, LW. 2006. Environmental forcing of phytoplankton floral composition, biomass, and primary productivity in Chesapeake Bay, USA. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science67(12):108 -122. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2005.11.030. UM-SG-RS-2006-03.

Harding, LW; Magnusona, A; Mallonee, ME. 2005. SeaWiFS retrievals of chlorophyll in Chesapeake Bay and the mid-Atlantic bight. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science62(12):75 -94. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2004.08.011. UM-SG-RS-2005-06.

Roman, MR; Adolf, JE; Bichy, J; Boicourt, WC; Harding, LW; Houde ED, Jung, S; Kimmel, G; Miller, WD; Zhang, X. 2005. Chesapeake Bay plankton and fish abundance enhanced by Hurricane Isabel. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union86(28):261 -265. doi:10.1029/2005EO280001. UM-SG-RS-2005-20.

Magnuson, A; Harding, LW; Mallonee, ME; Adolf, JE. 2004. Bio-optical model for Chesapeake Bay and the Middle Atlantic Bight. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science61(3):403 -424. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2004.06.020. UM-SG-RS-2004-09.

Adolf, JE; Stoecker, DK; Harding, LW. 2003. Autotrophic growth and photoacclimation in Karlodinium micrum (Dinophyceae) and Storeatula major (Cryptophyceae). Journal of Phycology39(6):1101 -1108. doi:10.1111/j.0022-3646.2003.02-086.x. UM-SG-RS-2003-18.

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