Model-Data Comparison

Observational data is available a various locations throughout the Chesapeake Bay. One set of observational data that is readily available nearly as soon as it is collected is from the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS). CBIBS provides a range of real-time data, including near-surface salinity and water temperature. CBEFS automatically downloads the most recent salinity and water temperature data every morning after the forecast is completed and compares the modeled salinity and temperature to the observed values.

This model-to-data comparison webpage provides line-plots comparing the recent-past and forecast CBEFS near-surface salinity and water temperature to the observed data. These plots provide a general understanding of how the forecast salinity and temperature relate to observed values at the same location. Basic statistics of the accuracy of CBEFS salinity and temperature relative to the observed data area provided in the second drop-down heading. We are planning some improvements to the modeled salinity that will be implemented before the spring, so check back and see how CBEFS is doing. At times, these real-time data will be unavailable, so it is not guaranteed that CBIBS data will always be available on these line plots.

Real-time comparisons of forecast-to-observed waves are provided on the CBEFS waves webpage. Comparisons of CBEFS dissolved oxygen to Water Quality Monitoring Program data are provided on the dissolved oxygen line plots webpage. Comparisons of CBEFS salinity and temperature to Water Quality Monitoring Program data are provided on the Bay-wide Salinity and Bay-wide Temeprature webpages.


Line Plots of Salinity and Temperature

 These images show the CBEFS (red) and the observed (black) salinity and temperature over the last 14 days and for the 2-day forecast. Midnight last night (today) is marked with a dashed vertical line. These images are used to visually determine how well the CBEFS values and the timing of increases or decreases matches the observed values.

















Average CEBFS Accuracy

The first images provides the average difference between the CBEFS salinity and water temperature and the observed values at each location. The average difference is calculated over the last 12 days. These images are used to determine, on average, how well the CBEFS values matched the observed values. 

This final images are called "target diagrams" and statistically compare the CBEFS and observed values. The closer to the center of the bullseye the more accurate the CBEFS values were. Points plotting above the zero value (above the bullseye) show that the CBEFS values were on average larger than observed, below the bullseye shows the CBEFS values were on average smaller than observed. Points plotting to the left of the bullseye show the variability through time in the CBEFS values was less than observed, and to the right of the bullseye show the variability through time in the CBEFS values was more than observed.