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Chesapeake Bay Program Data Hub
This interface provides access to several types of data related to the Chesapeake Bay. Data categories include water quality, living resources, point source, modeling, and cross-cutting. This technical tool is most useful for high-school level educators.
Geological Survey Activities in the Chesapeake Bay Region
Information on USGS research activities and data on topics such as sediment
deposition, groundwater, mapping, streamflow, water quality and weather.
Bay Observing System
Access real-time temperature, wind, humidity and rainfall data for five
stations in the Chesapeake Bay.
Eyes on the Bay
This site provides real-time information on a wide spectrum of Bay data from MD, including salinity, temperature, levels of dissolved oxygen, pH, water clarity, algal levels and chlorophyll concentrations. Other resources include extensive, easy-to-understand background material to help the public to understand why the data is relevant, how to interpret it, and what Maryland is doing to restore the health of the Bays and their tributaries. There are a variety of materials applicable to the Bay watershed as well.
Sea Nettles in Chesapeake Bay
Maps of probable sea
nettle presence are created on this site by identifying locations where
the current environmental conditions are favorable to sea nettles. This
is accomplished using data derived from hydrodynamic computer models and
NOAA satellites. Species identification and background information is
also provided here.
Chesapeake Bay Multispecies Monitoring and Assessment Program
This Bay-wide general monitoring survey captured adult fish of a variety of species. This is a technical site- click on "Data Summaries" to find easy-to-read charts of species of fish captured and survey location. Use this site to compare the abundance of various species, ages and locations of fish throughout the Bay.
GREEN-Global Rivers Environmental Education Network
This website provides water monitors and students with a place to store their water monitoring data, track their water monitoring projects and highlights educational resources you need to successfully implement a school-based water monitoring program.
What's in Your Watershed?
In this Bridge data activity, students will use the Chesapeake Bay Program's Watershed Profile Data and land use data from the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission's Dragon Run Special Area Management Plan to compare land use and riparian buffers surrounding some of the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and to examine a unique environment in the watershed.
This classroom activity from the Bridge uses benthic data from the Chesapeake
Bay to investigate amphipods and sediment contamination. Grades 5-12.
A Bay Investigator!
Explore the Chesapeake Bay using this data tip from the Bridge. Subjects
covered include watershed ecology, species migration, physical parameters,
bioindicators, and more. Grades 5-12.
The Blue Crab's Chesapeake Journey
Maine has its lobsters, Washington has its salmon, and in the U.S. mid-Atlantic, there is one animal that has historically symbolized the beauty, bounty, and energy of the Chesapeake Bay: the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. This activity uses blue crab data to see how the crabs use different areas of the Bay at different points in their life cycle. Grades 5-12.
Juvenile Oyster Disease: A Growing Problem
In this data activity from the Bridge, students will use research data from the University of Maine to determine if oyster size, time of planting, or water temperature is significant to the onset of juvenile oyster disease. Grades 5-12.
tip from the Bridge examines the practice of oyster gardeningan
effort to try and replenish these natural water filters. Look at the oyster
survival rates of some Maryland oyster gardeners to see how they're faring,
and get links to other oyster-related classroom activities. Grades 5-12.
Use this data tip from the Bridge to find out more about this conservation
effort and plot catch & release data from the National Marine Fisheries
Service to see the trends. Grades 5-12.
a Bite Out of the Shark Myth
This data tip from the Bridge puts your fears in perspective with
statistics from the International Shark Attack File. Learn about scientists'
concern over sharks' dwindling numbers and some studies that are designed
to gain a better understanding of shark behavior. Graph the annual landings
of certain shark species. Grades 5-12.
This data tip from the Bridge examines the factors that influence
the tides and allows you to use NOAA tide data to make tidal predictions.
This Bridge data tip answers the questions: What exactly is a hurricane,
and how is it formed? Who are those brave "hurricane hunters"
who fly into the eye of a storm? Real-time coordinates can be accessed
during hurricane season to track a hurricane's path, and archived coordinates
can be used for practice out-of-season. Grades 5-12.
Erosion: Where's the Beach?
This Bridge data tip looks at some of the natural and not-so-natural
factors influencing these processes. Conduct your own beach profile or
access profile data from a Maryland beach and plot the changes over time
for a graphic illustration of these processes. Grades 5-12.