Regional Preparation of Marine Climate Assessments: A Case Study in the Chesapeake Bay

by Maurice P. Lynch, Virginia Inst of Marine Science, Gloucester Pt, VA, USA,
Karen L. Kelly, Virginia Inst of Marine Science, Gloucester Pt, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Quarterly assessments and annual summaries indicating the influence of weather events and climate on certain economic sectors of the Chesapeake Bay region have been produced by the Marine Assessment Branch (MAB) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since September 1981. These reports estimate the effect of environmental factors on economic sectors of the bay such as fisheries, transportation, and recreational activities. The Chesapeake Bay Marine Climate Assessments provide this critical information within a single source and it has been suggested that other estuarine regions could benefit from similar assessments. The objectives of this paper are to explain why a regional entity, the Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC), was chosen to assume production of quarterly assessments for the Chesapeake Bay and to discuss ways CRC plans to improve both the structure and content of marine climate assessments.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Economic factors | Climates | Bays | Federal government | Fish management | Recreation | Meteorology

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