Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Information provided in existing field biomass and ground truth surveys of Chesapeake Bay submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) were quantified along with 1985 to 1996 annual aerial surveys of SAV distribution and abundance to determine the community type and aboveground biomass for each SAV bed mapped in the bay during this 12 year period. Using species identifications provided through over 10,000 SAV ground survey observations the 17 most abundance SAV species found in the bay were clustered into four species associations: ZOSTERA, RUPPIA, POTAMOGETON and FRESHWATER. In addition, monthly aboveground biomass values were assigned to each bed based upon biomass models developed for each community. The biomass values of each SAV bed are now available for use along with the annual mapping measurements of bed area for evaluation of bay SAV standing stocks.
Report to EPA Chesapeake Bay Program
submerged aquatic vegetation
Final Report CB993267-02
Moore, K. A., Wilcox, D. J., & Orth, R. J. (1998) Biomass of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://doi.org/10.25773/jj2k-te97