Integrated Regional Model

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Gerrit-Jan Knaap, University of Maryland
Sevgi Erdogan, University of Maryland

This project proposes to advance the science and application of integrated social and environmental models by developing and exercising a suite of models designed to explore issues of sustainability in the Baltimore–Washington region. Toward these ends, the project will build on an  existing modeling framework and institutional relationships developed over decades by the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) at the University of Maryland (UMD), the Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC, also UMD), and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Eastern Geographic Science Center (EGSC) to form an integrated and cutting edge modeling system. Integrating these systems means to better represent complex interactions observed empirically between land use, environment, economy, and transportation.

The proposed work includes three principal tasks:

  1. enhancing NCSG’s Maryland Statewide Transportation Model (MSTM) by integrating travel demand with demographics, household relocation, environmental impacts, and economic models,
  2. integrating the MSTM with EGSC’s Land Cover Change Model of the Chesapeake Bay Modeling system (CBLCM), and
  3. integrating the MSTM with ESSIC’s Climate Change Model, the backbone to the natural systems component.

Multiple agencies at the federal, state, and local level have an interest in these linkages, including the US EPA, Department of the Interior, the Maryland Departments of Transportation, Environment, Natural Resources, and Planning. From a scientific perspective, this project will improve our understanding of human activity–environmental linkages and enable improved policy development dealing with environmental sustainability.

Marina Alberti, University of Washington
Mohammad Ali Eslami, University of Maryland
Uri Avin, University of Maryland
Martha Baker, Maryland Department of Transportation
Charles Barber, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
Todd BenDor, UNC Chapel Hill
Peter Bishop, University of Houston
Tom Bulatewicz, Kansas State University
Elliott Campbell, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Anthony Castronova, Utah State University
Arnab Chakraborty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Peter Claggett, U.S. Geological Survey
Stuart Clarke, Town Creek Foundation
Christine Conn, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Brian Deal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Paul DesJardin, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Rick Donnelly, Parsons Brinckerhoff/Los Alamos National Laboratory
Fred Ducca, University of Maryland
Dan Engelberg, University of Maryland
Alistair Ford, Newcastle University
Brian Gardner, Federal Highway Administration
Mark Goldstein, Maryland Department of Planning
Brian Gregor, Oregon Systems Analytics
Eric Hutton, University of Colorado Boulder
Fred Irani, U.S. Geological Survey
Seema Iyer, University of Baltimore
Vitaly Kholodovsky, University of Maryland
Xin-Zhong Liang, University of Maryland
Lewis Linker, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Kevin Lucas, Maryland Energy Administration
Nicholas R. Magliocca, SESYNC
Subrat Mahapatra, Maryland State Highway Administration
Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
Todd McGarvey, University of Maryland
Rolf Moeckel, University of Maryland
Safa Motesharrei, SESYNC
Chris Nelder, Footprint Network
Scott Dale Peckham, University of Colorado
Harutyun Shahumyan, University of Maryland
Vivek Shandas, Portland State University
Margaret Walls, Resources for the Future
Michael Wegener, Spiekermann & Wegener Urban and Regional Research
Tara Weidner, Oregon Department of Transportation
Tim Welch, Georgia Tech
Jeff Werling, University of Maryland
Di Yang, University of Maryland
Xuesong Zhou, Arizona State University
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