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A vision for the future Chesapeake modeling suite

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has indicated on multiple occasions that the current CBP suite of models is going to be phased out after 2010-2011. This means that now it may be about the right time to start a community wide discussion about what the next Chesapeake Modeling and Decision Support System (CMDSS) may look like. The CCMP has proposed to organize a community effort to decide on the goals, functions, architecture and structure of the future system.

We would like to invite you to engage in an open discussion on this issue. We should include researchers that do modeling, monitoring, and data processing, as well as users that can help to identify the particular problems and goals that this system should serve. We think that Open Community Research is the ultimate level of collaborative thinking and modeling, when the project goals are decided in an open environment including researchers and users. Projects are open-ended and ongoing, while research and modeling goals can be adjusted to the changing needs of the users.

We hope that if we can build a joint vision of the future CMDSS during the next few years and start designing its components and overall architecture, we will be in a better position to make a smooth transition from the existing CBP suite of models to the new and expanded framework.

CSDMS Chesapeake Focus Research Group

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

The Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) deals with the Earth’s surface – the ever-changing, dynamic interface between lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and atmosphere. We are a diverse community of experts promoting the modeling of earth surface processes by developing, supporting, and disseminating integrated software modules that predict the movement of fluids, and the flux (production, erosion, transport, and deposition) of sediment and solutes in landscapes and their sedimentary basins.

The Chesapeake Focus Research Group has been started as part of the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System. The web site that supports this Group is at

The Group is calling for members to join and to start working on projects. Please consider checking out that link and becoming a member of the Group.

ChesROMS Installation Video Walkthrough

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Interested in installing the ChesROMS model? You are in luck: Wen Long (UMCES/HPL) has created various video walkthroughs to guide you through the installation process. These were created in preparation for the Chesapeake Modeling Symposium 2008 (May 12-14). The guide can be accessed through the following links:

Note: If your media player does not properly play the movies, the VLC movie player is the recommended alternative. VLC Media player is available for free for Windows, Linux, and Mac at