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Chesapeake Focus Research Group


This is the first Geographically-Focused Research Group (GFRG) 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 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. In addition to the geographical focus, participants were kept abreast of cutting-edge research development applicable to many areas of study. The meeting was held to:

  1. get everyone up to speed on CCMP, CSDMS and model integration pathway that CSDMS is employing (modified CCA for the Architecture and framework, BABEL as the language independent compiler, modified OpenMI for interface standards etc etc),
  2. get everyone up to speed on appropriate Chesapeake modeling tools in use by the CCMP community,
  3. get everyone up to speed on the valuable field data that CCMP offers for code testing,
  4. develop some simple, doable short term, intermediate term and longer term goals for the group, and
  5. assign some tasks to the members

If you are interested to learn more about the April 3rd meeting, please visit:Chesapeake_FRG_meeting_2009. Also see the Reports page for more information about the target areas for group members. 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.


Carl T. Friedrichs Friedrichs Photo 1.jpg
Professor of Marine Science
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
School of Marine Science
College of William and Mary
VIMS, P.O. Box 1346
Gloucester Point, VA, 23062-1346, USA
Phone: +1-804-684-7303

Carl received his B.A from Amherst College and his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Carl is presently a Professor of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute for Marine Science. His long-term research goals are to better understand the fundamental aspects of coastal and estuarine physics which control sediment and other material fluxes at time-and length-scales important to geology, biogeochemistry, and ecology. His technical approach involves field work, analytical theory, numerical modeling and the intersection of all three in the utilization of coastal observation and prediction systems.


The next Chesapeake FRG meeting will be held on November 10th. Interested: Read more about the meeting and how to participate.

Agenda: Please follow this link to view the agenda dated October 21, 2009.


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