Simulating Flows and Loadings from the Watershed: Challenges and Solutions with Multiple Models at Multiple Scales

Session Date: June 2nd 2016

Session Time: 1:00

Session Lead: Bill Ball

Session Co-Lead(s): Gary Shenk, Zachary Easton, and Ciaran Harman

Session Abstract:

Watershed models have been used to inform decision-making by the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership since the early 1980s.  The current development version of the CBPs Watershed model is constructed to incorporate knowledge from other modeling efforts.  Many questions exist as to how future changes in the CB system or its boundary conditions (e.g. climate, land cover, land use and management, changing conditions in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers) might affect changes in the timing, amounts, and spatial distributions of both water and pollutant loads.  Answering such questions will require the application of new modeling tools developed for application at a wide variety of spatial and temporal scales and tuned to new kinds of calibration data that allow the models to capture basic mechanisms related to those aspects of the system that are most fundamentally critical to its performance in processing water, nutrients, sediments, and other types of pollutants.  This symposium session invites scientific talks about new models andor new approaches to model application and use (particularly calibration and verification) that will address any one or more of the above defined issues.  Presentations that address issues of model and data accessibility, interoperability and transparency will be especially encouraged.


Time Title
1:00 Nutrient and Sediment Trends from the Nontidal Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Synthesis of Progress by Season for the Nine Major Tributaries - Qian Zhang - Johns Hopkins University, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering
1:20 Long-term Transport and Capacity change in 3 Reservoirs, Lower Susquehanna River Basin - Michael Langland - USGS
1:40 Increasing Community Participation with Chesapeake Bay Program Watershed Modeling - Gary Shenk - USGS / CBPO
2:00 Modeling nitrate removal in cropland riparian buffers throughout the Chesapeake watershed: Lessons for model calibration, error analysis and multiple modeling - Donald Weller - Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
2:20 Modeling nitrate-N load responses to watershed N controls - Keith Eshleman - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
3:00 Watershed Modeling for the James River Chlorophull-a Study - Nikolai Gurdian - Tetra Tech, Inc.
3:20 Land-water modeling in the Potomac River Basin - Jinliang Huang - Xiamen University
3:40 Coupling the Short-Term Global Forecast System Weather Data With Distributed Watershed Models: Implication for Real-time Landscape Management - Andrew Sommerlot - Virginia Tech
4:00 Development of a Mechanistic Nitrous Oxide Routine for the SWAT Model to Assess Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agroecosystems - Moges Wagena - Virginia Tech
4:20 Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change on the Performance and Resiliency of Ponds in City of Virginia Beach - Nasrin Alamdari - PhD Student
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