Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2008 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Community Modeling for the Chesapeake Bay: motivation and opportunities
Voinov, Alexey
Abstract: The Chesapeake Community Modeling Program (CCMP) aims to bring together the Chesapeake Bay research community to cooperatively build an open source system of watershed, estuary, and other applied models and data. Through support from the Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) and its member institutions, CCMP modelers are developing model components and frameworks connecting those components to serve the needs of the research and decision making communities. Like many other community projects, CCMP lives on the web (see We use all sort of web resources to connect scientists, modelers and software developers in a rapidly expanding and vibrant network. A community model or modeling system is an open source suite of modeling components within a framework that is constructed and/or improved through the organized efforts of a group of individuals working together to help develop, debug, calibrate, document, run and use it. It typically includes data and forcings for a suite of test cases to verify that the modeling system is working correctly, a suite of model data comparisons to evaluate model skills, associated tools for helping to prepare input or evaluate output, and current documentation. The BES suite of models and data could become an essential component of the CCMP, providing important information about one of the major urban developments on the Chesapeake Bay. The CCMP could then put the BES processes and dynamics within the context of other developments on the Chesapeake watershed.