Chesapeake Focus Research Group

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This is the first Geographically-Focused Research Group (GFRG) (currently 112 members) associated with CSDMS. The group is a partnership between CSDMS and the Chesapeake Community Modeling Program (CCMP, currently run by the Chesapeake Research Consortium.

CCMP developed as the Chesapeake Bay research community came together to cooperatively build an open source system of watershed and estuary models. Through support from CRC member institutions and the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, CCMP modelers have committed to developing a modeling framework that will enable free and open access to code specific to the Chesapeake Bay region. As a complementary activity to the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) modeling program, the Chesapeake Community Model Program will strive to develop a comprehensive model consisting of interchangeable individual modules covering all aspects of hydrodynamics, ecosystem dynamics, trophic exchanges, and watershed interactions towards a future linked watershed-estuary model. There are obvious areas of overlap between CSDMS and CCMP, and the CSDMS Chesapeake FRG intends to capitalize on synergies from both programs. We continue to solicit members of the Working Group, and your participation would be welcome.

Our first meeting was held at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office, Annapolis, MD, on April 3, 2009, and our second meeting was held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA, on November 10, 2009. These meetings aimed to get attendees up to speed on the model integration pathway that CSDMS is employing and to solicit guidance in developing short, intermediate and longer term goals for the Chesapeake FRG.

If you are interested in learning more about these meetings, please visit the Chesapeake FRG Reports page. If you would like to participate in the discussions and meetings of the CSDMS Chesapeake Focus Research Group, we invite you to join the group through the link below.

Chesapeake FRG links


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Horn Point Laboratory
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge, MD 21613
Phone: +410 221-8434

Raleigh Hood received a B.S. in Oceanography from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He subsequently did postdoctoral research at Oregon State University and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He is currently a Professor of Oceanography at Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Raleigh began his research career as a biological oceanographer when he was an undergraduate at the University of Washington, studying harmful algae blooms in Puget Sound. He has since conducted research in coastal and open ocean environments all over the world, including the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and both the east and west coasts of North America. Presently his research is focused primarily on using models to simulate and predict biogeochemical and ecological variability in marine environments. Raleigh has been a leader in promoting open-source software for many years. He founded the Chesapeake Community Modeling Program (CCMP) in 2002, which is dedicated to advancing the cause of accessible, open-source environmental models of the Chesapeake Bay in support of research & management efforts. He is currently the Program Manager for the CCMP and the Chair of the CCMP Steering Committee. Raleigh is a founding member of the CSDMS Chesapeake Focus Research Group and he has served as Chair since July 2014.




Do you want to become part of CSDMS? Please do so in joining a Working Group or Focus Research Group.