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Summer 2023 water temperature anomaly map for Chesapeake Bay shows a 1 degree C decrease in temperature compared to a 2007-2022 baseline, indicating favorable conditions for several key fish species, according to the seasonal fishery impacts report released by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and containing data generated by UMD/ESSIC/CISESS.

Chesapeake Bay has ‘favorable’ summer, finds ESSIC-supported NOAA report

The Virginian-Pilot featured a news article on November 5 highlighting a NOAA report containing an operational satellite data product from ESSIC/CISESS Senior Faculty Specialist Ron Vogel. The report, Synthesis of Environmental Impacts on Key Fishery Resources in the Chesapeake Bay, is released seasonally by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and is used by regional fishery managers to help guide management decisions.

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Suspended matter concentration and light attenuation are two satellite water quality products that could be used in combination with other types of data for monitoring water quality improvements and in assessments to determine attainment of water quality standards in Chesapeake Bay. EPA is leading the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership to restore the health of Chesapeake Bay.

Ron Vogel Advises Chesapeake Bay Program

Ron Vogel, ESSIC/CISESS Senior Faculty Specialist, served as a subject matter expert at a scientific advisory panel of the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), the EPA-led partnership to restore a healthy Chesapeake Bay. The panel sought to advance the CBP’s current water quality data monitoring program to include new technologies such as satellites to improve its water quality assessments. Vogel outlined the current state of the science of satellite data products available for water quality analysis, including surface water light attenuation and suspended matter concentration.

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Figure: Satellite SST seasonal anomalies show warmer than average water temperatures from January through March 2020, cooler than average from April through June, near average July through September, and slightly warmer than average October through December.

Chesapeake Bay Office Commends Ron Vogel

ESSIC/CISESS Senior Faculty Specialist Ron Vogel, Operations Manager for the East Coast Node, was recently recognized and highly praised for his contributions to the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office to identify satellite derived products that support habitat and fisheries management applications.

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