Systems modeling is useful for understanding water quality, ecosystem dynamics, hydrodynamics, waves, and flooding, among other topics. Experimental approaches can reveal dynamics of each of these systems, within the constraints of the model construct. Modeling connects with observations, which are used for model development and validation, yet are also interpolated in time and space by the model, to provide a more complete picture of the bay. This has major benefits for any comprehensive analysis of the bay, such as for quantification of flood damage reductions. Modeling also connects with decision analysis, as it opens the door to experimentation to understand future changes due to climate change, sea level rise, and human alterations around and within the bay.

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