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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Don DeAngelis

Louis J. Gross, Steve Hartley, James Johnston, Frank J. Mazzotti, Leonard Pearlstine, Kenneth G. Rice

Publication_Date: Unknown
Title: Across Trophic Level System Simulation (ATLSS) Program
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: models, reports
Online_Linkage: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/atlss/>
Description:
Abstract:
The ATLSS (Across Trophic Level System Simulation) program addresses CERPís (Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan) need for quantitative projections of effects of scenarios on biota of the Greater Everglades and can provide guidance to monitoring in an adaptive assessment framework. It does this through creating a suite of models for selected Everglades biota, which can translate the hydrologic scenarios into effects on habitat and demographic variables of populations.

ATLSS is constructed as a multimodel, meaning that it includes a collection of linked models for various physical and biotic systems components of the Greater Everglades. The ATLSS models are all linked through a common framework of vegetative, topographic, and land use maps that allow for the necessary interaction between spatially explicit information on physical processes and the dynamics of organism response across the landscape.

Currently, two important new developments are taking place. First the ATLSS models will soon migrate to a Web-based availability, so that they can be run remotely for various hydrologic scenarios and a set of different assumptions. Second, a vegetation succession model is being completed, which will allow projection of changes in vegetation types across the Everglades landscape as a function of changing hydrology, fire frequency, and nutrient loading.

Purpose:
An essential component of restoration planning in South Florida has been the development and use of computer simulation models for the major physical processes driving the system, notably models of hydrology incorporating effects of alternative human control systems and non controlled inputs such as rainfall. The USGSís ATLSS (Across Trophic Level System Simulation) Program utilizes the outputs of such physical system models as inputs to a variety of ecological models that compare the relative impacts of alternative hydrologic scenarios on the biotic components of South Florida. The immediate objective of ATLSS is to provide a rational, scientific basis for ranking the water management scenarios as part of to the planning process for Everglades restoration. The longer term goals of ATLSS are to help achieve a better understanding of components of the Everglades ecosystem, to provide an integrative tool for empirical studies, and to provide a framework monitoring and adaptive management schemes. The ATLSS Program coordinates and integrates the work of modelers and empirical ecologists at many universities and research centers.

The ongoing goals in the ATLSS Program have been to produce models capable of projecting and comparing the effects of alternative hydrologic scenarios on various trophic components of the Everglades. The methodology involves: 1) a landscape structure; 2) a high resolution topography to estimate high resolution water depth across the landscape; 3) models to calculate spatially explicit species indices (SESI) for breeding and foraging success measures across the landscape; 4) spatially explicit individual-based (SEIB) computer simulation models of selected species populations; and 5) ability to plug into variety of visualization and evaluation tools to aid model development, validation, and comparison to field data. Included in this are numerous sub-projects for different species, vegetation succession, analysis of alternative approaches to developing high resolution, models which deal with estuarine systems, methods to allow users from a variety of agencies to access and run the models, and methods to enhance the computational efficiency of the simulations. The continuing general objective is to provide a flexible, efficient collection of methods, utilizing the best current science, to evaluate the relative impacts of alternative hydrologic plans on the biotic systems of South Florida. This is done in a spatially-explicit manner which allows different stakeholders to evaluate the impacts based upon their own criteria for the locations and biotic systems under consideration.

There are four projects under the ATLSS program:

1. ATLSS Model Use in CERP Evaluations, Model Testing and Extension to Web-Based Interface

2. Development of an Internet Based GIS to Visualize ATLSS Datasets for Resource Managers

3. Spatial Decision Support for Biodiversity and Indicator Species Responses to CERP Project Activities

4. Integrating Wading Bird Empirical Data into a Model of Wading Bird Foraging Success as a Function of Hydrologic Conditions

Supplemental_Information:
There are several submodels within the ATLSS Project, including: Alligators, Cape Sable Seaside Sparrows, Crayfish, Deer, Fish, Florida Panthers, Hydrology, Snail Kite, Landscape/Vegetation, and Wading Birds.

Models currently available are:

ATLSS SESI models: Cape sable seaside sparrow breeding potential index (Version 1.1) Snail kite breeding potential index (Version 1.1) Long-legged wading bird foraging condition index (Version 1.1) Short-legged wading bird foraging condition index (Version 1.1) Empirically-based fish biomass index (Version 1.1) White-tailed deer breeding potential index (Version 1.1) American alligator breeding potential index (Version 1.1) Everglades and slough crayfish (Version 1.1) Apple snail SESI model (Version 1.1)

Spatially Explicit Demographic Models: Cape sable seaside sparrow demographic model (SIMSPAR - Version 1.3) Snail kite demographic model (EVERKITE - Version 3.1) Alligator demographic model (Version 1.1)

Spatially Explicit Functional Group Models: Freshwater fish dynamics (ALFISH - Version 3.1.17)

GIS Animal Tracking Tool: Florida panther tracking tool (PANTRACK - Version 1.1)

Landscape Models: High Resolution Topography (HRT - Version 1.4.8)

Vegetation productivity (HTDAM - Version 1.1) High Resolution

Hydrology (HRH - Version 1.4.8)

Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 1996
Ending_Date: Unknown
Currentness_Reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: In Work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent: wetland systems of south Florida
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.30333
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.262125
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 25.847113
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24.696151
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: ATLSS
Theme_Keyword: model
Theme_Keyword: Across Trophic Levels System Simulation
Theme_Keyword: hydrology
Theme_Keyword: Landscape/vegetation
Theme_Keyword: ecology
Theme_Keyword: biology
Theme_Keyword: alligators
Theme_Keyword: Snail Kite
Theme_Keyword: wading birds
Theme_Keyword: Florida panthers
Theme_Keyword: fish
Theme_Keyword: crayfish
Theme_Keyword: deer
Theme_Keyword: Cape Sable Seaside Sparrows
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: biota
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: inlandWaters
Theme_Keyword: 004
Theme_Keyword: 007
Theme_Keyword: 012
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
Department of Commerce, 1995, Countries, Dependencies, Areas of Special Sovereignty, and Their Principal Administrative Divisions, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 10-4, Washington, D.C., National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: US
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1987, Codes for the identification of the States, the District of Columbia and the outlying areas of the United States, and associated areas (Federal Information Processing Standard 5-2): Washington, D. C., NIST
Place_Keyword: Florida
Place_Keyword: FL
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
Department of Commerce, 1990, Counties and Equivalent Entities of the United States, Its Possessions, and Associated Areas, FIPS 6-3, Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: Miami-Dade County
Place_Keyword: Monroe County
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: USGS Geographic Names Information System
Place_Keyword: Florida Bay
Place_Keyword: Big Cypress National Preserve
Place_Keyword: Everglades National Park
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Place_Keyword: Central Everglades
Place_Keyword: SW Big Cypress
Place_Keyword: South East Coast
Place_Keyword: Florida Keys
Taxonomy:
Keywords/Taxon:
Taxonomic_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Taxonomic_Keywords: animals
Taxonomic_Keywords: mammals
Taxonomic_Keywords: reptiles
Taxonomic_Keywords: vertebrates
Taxonomic_Keywords: single species
Taxonomic_System:
Classification_System/Authority:
Classification_System_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Department of the Interior - U.S. Geological Survey Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Publication_Date: 2000
Title: Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Database
Other_Citation_Details:
Retrieved from the Integrated Taxonomic Information System on-line database, <http://www.itis.gov>.
Online_Linkage: <http://www.itis.gov>
Taxonomic_Procedures: various depending on the animals studied
Taxonomic_Completeness: various depending on the submodel requirements
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Kingdom
Taxon_Rank_Value: Animalia
Applicable_Common_Name: animals
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Phylum
Taxon_Rank_Value: Chordata
Applicable_Common_Name: chordates
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Subphylum
Taxon_Rank_Value: Vertebrata
Applicable_Common_Name: vertebrates
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints:
None. Acknowledgement of the U.S. Geological Survey would be appreciated for products derived from these data.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Donald L. DeAngelis
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address:
Dept. of Biology, Univ of Miami

P.O. Box 249118

City: Coral Gables
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33124-0421
Country: United States
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (305) 284-31690
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (305) 284-3039
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: don_deangelis@usgs.gov
Data_Set_Credit:
Project personnel include Brian Beckage, Rob Bennetts, Cristina Bondavalli, Laura Brandt, Kevin Chartier, Matthew Chopp, Jon Cline, Jane Comiskey, Phil Darby, Quan Dong, Thomas W. Doyle, Scott Duke-Sylvester, Jennifer DuPree, Paul A. Fishwick, Holly Gaff, Michael S. Gaines, Dale E. Gawlik, Chris Gregory, Johanna J. Heymans, Ray Hilborn, Michael Ignotovich, Brian Jeffrey, Wiley M. Kitchens, Ken W. Krauss, Jason Liddle, M. Philip Nott, Mark Palmer, Michael Peek, H. Franklin Percival, Amanda Rice, Victor H. Rivera-Monroy, Rene Salinas, Fred H. Sklar, William Sleavin, Daniel Slone, George Stewart, Robert R. Twilley, Robert E. Ulanowicz, and Paul R. Wetzel.
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
DeAngelis, D. L.

Gross. L.J.

Publication_Date: 2002
Title: The use of models for multi-scaled ecological monitoring
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Book chapter
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Covela, CA
Publisher: Island Press
Other_Citation_Details:
in Monitoring Ecosystems: Interdisciplinary Approaches for Evaluating Ecoregional Initiatives, eds. D. Busch and J. C. Trexler
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
DeAngelis, D. L.

Gross, Louis J.

Publication_Date: 1998
Title: Landscape modeling for Everglades ecosystem restoration
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: report
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Ecosystems
Issue_Identification: v. 1
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: New York, NY
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
DeAngelis, D. L.

Gross, L. J., Wolff, W. F., Fleming, D. M., Nott, M. P., Comiskey, E. J.

Publication_Date: 2000
Title:
Individual-based models on the landscape: applications to the Everglades
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Book chapter
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Boca Raton, FL
Publisher: Lewis Publishers
Other_Citation_Details:
in Landscape Ecology: A Top-Down Approach

J. Sanderson and L. D. Harris, eds.


Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report: unavailable
Completeness_Report: unavailable
Lineage:
Methodology:
Methodology_Type: Field
Methodology_Description:
See <http://www.atlss.org> for information regarding the individual species and models.
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
The ongoing goals in the ATLSS Program have been to produce models capable of projecting and comparing the effects of alternative scenarios on various trophic components of the Everglades. ATLSS models delivered in 2003 include:

Vegetation Succession Model America Crocodile Model Crayfish Structured Population Model

In addition, the ATLSS Program is supporting the development of a Decision Support System. This is to go beyond ad-hoc policy formulation to an analytical and computer-supported platform for effective management and policy-making. Part of this effort involves developing a GIS interface to the ATLSS models and providing network access to ATLSS models.

Process_Date: Not complete
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Work planned for FY 2004 includes four projects needed to continue applications of the ATLSS program to CERP (Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan). These projects are: 1. ATLSS Model Use in CERP Evaluations, Model Testing, and Extension to Web Based Interface, 2. Development of an Internet Based GIS to Visualize ATLSS Datasets, 3. Spatial Decision Support for Biodiversity and Indicator Species Responses to CERP Project Activities, and 4. Integrating Wading Bird Empirical Data into a Model of Wading Bird Foraging Success as a Function of Hydrologic Conditions. The individual project metadata contain more detailed information about each project.
Process_Date: Not complete
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Donald L. DeAngelis
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address:
Dept. of Biology, Univ of Miami

P.O. Box 249118

City: Coral Gables
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33124-0421
Country: United States
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (305) 284-31690
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (305) 284-3039
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: don_deangelis@usgs.gov

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Indirect_Spatial_Reference: ATLSS

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Donald L. DeAngelis
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address:
Dept. of Biology, Univ of Miami

P.O. Box 249118

City: Coral Gables
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33124-0421
Country: United States
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (305) 284-31690
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (305) 284-3039
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: don_deangelis@usgs.gov
Resource_Description: ATLSS models and data
Distribution_Liability:
The models are subject to change. No warrantees are implied or explicit for the models.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: models
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: <http://www.atlss.org>
Access_Instructions: The models are available from the ATLSS web site.
Fees: none

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20070117
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 600 Fourth Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727 803-8747 ext 3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727 803-2030
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: sofia-metadata@usgs.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name:
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata Part 1: Biological Data Profile
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001.1-1999


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