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Chesapeake Bay Program Data Hub
This interface provides access to several types of data related to the Chesapeake Bay. Data categories include water quality, living resources, point source, modeling, and cross-cutting. This technical tool is most useful for high-school level educators.

US Geological Survey Activities in the Chesapeake Bay Region
Information on USGS research activities and data on topics such as sediment deposition, groundwater, mapping, streamflow, water quality and weather.

Chesapeake Bay Observing System
Access real-time temperature, wind, humidity and rainfall data for five stations in the Chesapeake Bay.

Eyes on the Bay
This site provides real-time information on a wide spectrum of Bay data from MD, including salinity, temperature, levels of dissolved oxygen, pH, water clarity, algal levels and chlorophyll concentrations. Other resources include extensive, easy-to-understand background material to help the public to understand why the data is relevant, how to interpret it, and what Maryland is doing to restore the health of the Bays and their tributaries. There are a variety of materials applicable to the Bay watershed as well.

Mapping Sea Nettles in Chesapeake Bay
Maps of probable sea nettle presence are created on this site by identifying locations where the current environmental conditions are favorable to sea nettles. This is accomplished using data derived from hydrodynamic computer models and NOAA satellites. Species identification and background information is also provided here.

Chesapeake Bay Multispecies Monitoring and Assessment Program
This Bay-wide general monitoring survey captured adult fish of a variety of species. This is a technical site- click on "Data Summaries" to find easy-to-read charts of species of fish captured and survey location. Use this site to compare the abundance of various species, ages and locations of fish throughout the Bay.

GREEN-Global Rivers Environmental Education Network
This website provides water monitors and students with a place to store their water monitoring data, track their water monitoring projects and highlights educational resources you need to successfully implement a school-based water monitoring program.

What's in Your Watershed?Supports National Science Education Standards
In this Bridge data activity, students will use the Chesapeake Bay Program's Watershed Profile Data and land use data from the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission's Dragon Run Special Area Management Plan to compare land use and riparian buffers surrounding some of the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and to examine a unique environment in the watershed. Grades 5-12.

More than Mud Supports National Science Education Standards
This classroom activity from the Bridge uses benthic data from the Chesapeake Bay to investigate amphipods and sediment contamination. Grades 5-12.

Be A Bay Investigator!Supports National Science Education Standards
Explore the Chesapeake Bay using this data tip from the Bridge. Subjects covered include watershed ecology, species migration, physical parameters, bioindicators, and more. Grades 5-12.

The Blue Crab's Chesapeake JourneySupports National Science Education Standards
Maine has its lobsters, Washington has its salmon, and in the U.S. mid-Atlantic, there is one animal that has historically symbolized the beauty, bounty, and energy of the Chesapeake Bay: the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. This activity uses blue crab data to see how the crabs use different areas of the Bay at different points in their life cycle. Grades 5-12.

Juvenile Oyster Disease: A Growing ProblemSupports National Science Education Standards
In this data activity from the Bridge, students will use research data from the University of Maine to determine if oyster size, time of planting, or water temperature is significant to the onset of juvenile oyster disease. Grades 5-12.

Oyster GardensSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge examines the practice of oyster gardening—an effort to try and replenish these natural water filters. Look at the oyster survival rates of some Maryland oyster gardeners to see how they're faring, and get links to other oyster-related classroom activities. Grades 5-12.

Catch & ReleaseSupports National Science Education Standards
Use this data tip from the Bridge to find out more about this conservation effort and plot catch & release data from the National Marine Fisheries Service to see the trends. Grades 5-12.

Taking a Bite Out of the Shark MythSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge puts your fears in perspective with statistics from the International Shark Attack File. Learn about scientists' concern over sharks' dwindling numbers and some studies that are designed to gain a better understanding of shark behavior. Graph the annual landings of certain shark species. Grades 5-12.

TidesSupports National Science Education Standards
This data tip from the Bridge examines the factors that influence the tides and allows you to use NOAA tide data to make tidal predictions. Grades 5-12.

HurricanesSupports National Science Education Standards
This Bridge data tip answers the questions: What exactly is a hurricane, and how is it formed? Who are those brave "hurricane hunters" who fly into the eye of a storm? Real-time coordinates can be accessed during hurricane season to track a hurricane's path, and archived coordinates can be used for practice out-of-season. Grades 5-12.

Coastal Erosion: Where's the Beach?Supports National Science Education Standards
This Bridge data tip looks at some of the natural and not-so-natural factors influencing these processes. Conduct your own beach profile or access profile data from a Maryland beach and plot the changes over time for a graphic illustration of these processes. Grades 5-12.




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