Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Over recent years a number of studies have examined the effects of sea level rise (SLR) on hypoxia in Chesapeake Bay. However, variations in the methodology, the years considered, and the metrics reported made comparisons between these studies difficult. To clarify the effects of SLR on the Bay’s hypoxia, we present an intercomparison between four numerical models following a common methodology. The models share the riverine fluxes, baseline period (1991–1995), and consider the same three scenarios of SLR: an increase in sea level of 0.17m, 0.50m, and 1.00m (representative of years 2025, 2050 and 2100, respectively). SLR is the sole climate driver considered in these experiments.
Report to Virginia Tech and the Chesapeake Bay Program
St-Laurent, P., Friedrichs, M. A., Li, M., & Ni, W. (2019) Impacts of sea level rise on hypoxia in the Chesapeake Bay: A model intercomparison. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://doi.org/10.25773/42XY-JT30