© Chesapeake Bay Program (Chesapeake)

USGS - Chesapeake

The USGS Chesapeake Bay aims to provide integrated science for improved understanding and management of the Bay ecosystem. The USGS science themes for this mission are:

• Causes and consequences of land-use change
• Impact of climate change and associated hazards
• Factors affecting water quality and quantity
• Ability of habitat to support fish and bird populations
• Synthesis and forecasting to improve ecosystem assessment, conservation, and restoration.

Projects are organized under these themes largely at the landscape scale, with several complimentary local scales projects. Through a combination of monitoring, modeling, research, and assessment, USGS collects unbiased scientific information to document and understand ecosystem change within the Bay. This information is then used to inform policy and management decisions to maximize conservation, restoration, and sustainable development within the watershed.

Under the President’s Executive Order, USGS has been given the lead responsibility, in collaboration with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for strengthening science and responding to climate change. In order to fulfill this role, USGS will work with key federal partners to carry out the following activities:
- Promote adaptive management and decision support to enhance ecosystem management
- Forecast and assess impacts of climate and land-use change
- Assess and explain water-quality conditions and change
- Document the status and change of the health of fish, wildlife, and critical habitats

USGS participates in the Chesapeake Bay Program by providing data, conducting studies, and serving on technical committees and workgroups.

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