Dynamic stability and particle transformations: tracing pathways of production in Estuarine Turbidity Maxima

Grant awarded to:
Edward Houde (UMCES)
Shenn-Yu Chao (UMCES)
Byron Crump (UMCES)
Raleigh Hood (UMCES)
Elizabeth North (UMCES)
Michael Roman (UMCES)
Larry Sanford (UMCES)

David Kimmel (UMCES)
James Pierson (UMCES)

Team includes:
Ginger Jahn (UMCES)
Michael Malpezzi (UMCES)
Zachary Schlag (UMCES)

Funded by:
National Science Foundation Biological Oceanography Program

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This interdisciplinary research program focuses on complex processes controlling structure, dynamics, and productivity of estuarine turbidity maxima (ETMs). ETMs are physical features located at the heads of estuaries where freshwater from rivers meets salt water from the sea. They trap sediment, detritus, zooplankton and fish early-life stages, and influence survival of fish like striped bass and white perch. Our integrated research program will incorporate coordinated field, laboratory, and numerical modeling efforts in the ETM region of upper Chesapeake Bay. It builds on extensive results of the Bio-physical Interactions in the Turbidity Maximum (BITMAX) program with new research to define and evaluate processes that make ETMs so biologically productive.

The BITMAX-II program web site is here.