Priority Issue Workgroups

What is a restored Bay? And how do we get there? These two questions present an intriguing puzzle. There is no single right answer to either one of the questions. For its part, STAC believes there are a set of priority science issues that need to be addressed to achieve a restored Bay. For this reason, STAC developed permanent workgroups that all STAC members with similar expertise to vet review and workshop requests from the CBP. The permanent workgroups also serve as starting points for proactive STAC activities. By focusing its proactive efforts on these priority issues, STAC is continually working towards solving the puzzle.


Monitoring and Modeling Workgroup

Among other efforts, the Monitoring and Modeling Workgroup works on a variety of issues related to the CBP's suite of watershed models and its monitoring efforts. The group proactively investigates how monitoring programs are organized and how monitoring data affects modeling results. The group also investigates ways to improve monitoring data quality and modeling accuracy.

Climate Change Workgroup

Among other efforts, the Climate Change Workgroup continuously works to inform the CBP of ways to improve institutions, policies, and programs to better address climate changes in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The group considers potential impacts that emerging scientific research may have on existing programs and identifies future climate science research needs.

Social Sciences Workgroup

Among other efforts, the Social Sciences Workgroup brings together a vast array of expertise to investigate how all the social sciences can help restore the Chesapeake Bay. While the group is involved in reviewing economic analyses or market-based programs such as nutrient trading, its members also investigate how citizens and stakeholders interact and develop connections with their environment. The group also investigates gaps in current social science research.

Land-Based Effects on the Watershed Workgroup

Among other efforts, the Land-Based Effects on the Watershed Workgroup works to help inform the CBP of the effects that human activity has on ecosystems throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The group helps review CBP policy and programs especially related to land-use and agricultural practices. The group also identifies the most current scientific research linking proposed land practices to changes in water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

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