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Chesapeake Bay ACE INC


The Chesapeake Bay, MD/VA site makes up the trophic indicators component of ACE INC.

Investigators:

William Boicourt, UMCES, Horn Point Laboratory (HPL)
Lawrence Harding, UMCES, Horn Point Laboratory (HPL)
Michael Roman, UMCES, Horn Point Laboratory (HPL)
Edward D. Houde, UMCES, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory                                       (CBL)

Objective:

Develop indicators capable of determining plankton and fish community structure and function, i.e., indices of trophic transfer. Couple these indicators to physical-chemical and remote sensing assessments of ecosystem condition.

 

Site Overview:

Site Characteristic
Chesapeake Bay
Biogeographic Province
Virginian
Primary producer base
Plankton dominates marsh and seagrass subsystems
Geomorphic type
Drowned river valley
Water source
River
Salinity range
0-30
N load
4 to 29 gN m2 yr-1
Circulation type
Partially-mixed
Residence time
7 months
Tidal range
1 m
Level of Impact
High
Trophic State
Eutrophic
Trophic trend
Rising but actively being managed
Monitoring programs
LMER, NEP, CISNet
Institutional Partners:


UNC -
Chapel Hill