About the Model Inventory and Selection Tool

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In the Mid-Atlantic region, many hydrologic, coastal, and environmental system models and decisionmaking tools are utilized to support water management, understand planning and management tradeoffs, and characterize social, economic, and ecological benefits. The Model Inventory and Selection tool (MIST) aims to make these models and tools more accessible to practitioners, stakeholders, and decisionmakers. MIST is an inventory of physically-based models relevant to water management and decision making in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the broader Mid-Atlantic region, and is applicable to the larger water management community. This tool was published in February 2021.

MIST is a collection of physically-, empirically- and conceptually-based models of natural and engineered systems. Methodologically, MIST contains models based on observational datasets, statistics, equations of physics, and other scientific concepts and principals. Models and tools pertain to both natural and human-made systems, such as watershed, estuary, meteorological, and ocean models to represent natural systems; and urban development, stormwater runoff, transportation, and infrastructure models to represent human-made, engineered systems. The model list was compiled from a literature review and searching of relevant resources from agencies creating or supporting modelling efforts.


See the Codebook for definitions of categories and descriptor fields included in the tool.

Project Team

Michelle Miro
Krista Romita Grocholski
Sara Schwetschenau
Jordan Fischbach
Debra Knopman

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