The Chesapeake Bay area, located in NOAA’s Northeast Region, provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the benefit of integrating existing sentinel stations and sentinel sites into NOAA’s Sentinel Site Program. The Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative provides integrated observations across a host of environmental monitoring programs within the Bay area. The goal of the cooperative is to provide information to Chesapeake Bay communities and managers who need to address challenges such as storm flooding, long term, local sea level rise, barrier island movement, degraded water quality, and wetland loss. The information will also be useful to federal and state restoration planners and living resource managers who are addressing these challenges.
Monitoring surface elevation, subsidence rates, water quality, vegetation, and living resources at sentinel sites; networking sentinel site data with Bay-wide monitoring stations; sea level rise prediction and planning tools; community education and outreach.
See what the Sentinel Site Program partners are doing in this region:Understanding Sea Level Rise in the Nation's Largest Estuary