Chesapeake Bay Salinity Variability

Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Atlas

An Ecosystem Guide to the Chesapeake Bay

Client: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)‘s National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory

CEC developed the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Atlas (Atlas) for NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Cooperative Oxford Lab. The Atlas provides a first-of-its-kind reference guide on the Chesapeake Bay. Our digital Atlas draws on decades of data to describe how the Chesapeake Bay responds to natural and man-made changes and packages it all as a readily accessible eBook.

The Atlas is visually rich employing info-graphics, videos, and interactive map galleries to help explain ecosystem responses and variability. The text walks readers through a wide range of topics, including the physical and geological setting of the Bay watershed, how the Bay was formed, the dominating impact of spring flow on annual Bay health, the vital role of plankton at the base of the food chain, fisheries and food web interactions, and the status and future of Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

NOAA’s science and scientists are featured throughout the Atlas, as are live links to data downloads and map viewers. This is a unique and valuable tool for anyone who wants to know more about the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. This tool is the only regionally specific ecosystem text available for those who want an in-depth look at the Chesapeake Bay.

In 2015, CEC published the Atlas, and a stand-alone Teacher’s Edition version of the Atlas on iTunes Bookstore. The Teacher’s Edition includes topical lesson plans, classroom activities, discussion questions, suggestions for field trips, and organized online resources for more information and  associated web resources. The Teacher’s Edition streamlines the incorporation of the Atlas into middle and high school classrooms.

For more information, please see our Atlas FAQ or contact us. (804) 824-3945 or email CEC