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Ecological Models for Evaluating Effects of Restoration Alternatives on Coastal Ecosystems of Southwest Florida

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Ecological Models for Evaluating Effects of Restoration Alternatives on Coastal Ecosystems of Southwest Florida
Abstract:
The objectives of this project are to develop and apply forecasting models to evaluate the impacts of CERP projects on ecological attributes selected from the conceptual models developed for coastal ecosystems as part of the Southwest Florida Feasibility Study (SWFFS).

The study supports Lower West Coast projects in the Department Of Interior (DOI) science plan (specifically: Southwest Florida Feasibility Study and C-43 Basin Storage Reservoir) by (a) developing stress-response models of habitat for coastal species selected during Caloosahatchee conceptual modeling and (b) developing integrated assessment tools to support landscape level decision-making.

  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Frank Mazzotti Ken Rice; Laura Brandt, 2006, Ecological Models for Evaluating Effects of Restoration Alternatives on Coastal Ecosystems of Southwest Florida.

    Online Links:

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -82.25
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.75
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 27.25
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 25

  3. What does it look like?

    <http://www.evergladesplan.org/pm/studies/study_docs/swfl/031209_swffs_scoping_letter_map.pdf> (PDF)
    figure shows the SWFFS area
    <http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2004/3113/> (GIF)
    figure 1 shows the SWFFS area in green

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Beginning_Date: 2004
    Ending_Date: 2008
    Currentness_Reference: publication date

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: reports

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?


Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

    • Frank Mazzotti

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

    Project personnel include: Kevin Chartier and Adam Dougherty

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    Frank J. Mazzotti
    University of Florida
    University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

    3205 College Ave.
    Davie, FL 33314
    USA

    954 577-6304 (voice)
    fjma@ufl.edu


Why was the data set created?

The SWFFS is a component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The SWFFS will result in an independent but integrated implementation plan for CERP projects. The SWFFS will provide a framework to address the health and sustainability of aquatic systems. This includes water quantity and quality, flood protection, and ecological integrity. The SWFFS was initiated in recognition of the fact that there were additional water resource issues (needs, problems, and opportunities) within southwest Florida that were not being addressed directly by CERP. A purpose of the SWFFS is to identify alternatives that address those issues in the study area. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effects of those alternatives on coastal systems of southwest Florida.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

    Date: 2005 (process 1 of 3)
    Develop and apply forecasting models to evaluate alternatives as they are being developed.

    Coastal: Five ecological suitability models, Blue Crab, Eastern Oyster, Spotted Sea Trout, Seagrasses (Halodule and Thalassia) and freshwater submerged grass Valisneria have been completed and incorporated as modules into a decision interface that allows the user to perform pair-wise comparisons of spatially-explicit species habitat suitability model runs against alternative Caloosahatchee River water release scenarios, examine the contribution of each input variables (e.g., salinity, temperature, flow) to the resulting suitability values, and obtain habitat units for decision models.

    Inland: Meetings with the SWFFS Natural Systems Group are resulting in a series inland systems performance measures and modeling efforts that will be incorporated as modules in a decision interface. Dale Gawlik and Philip Heidemann have been collecting in-depth information in one-on-one interviews with wading bird experts in Southwestern Florida and completed a conceptual model with associated parameter values to be coded. An amphibian work group composed of Mike Duever, Ken Rice, Harden Waddle, and David Ceilly has completed a conceptual model with associated parameter values to be coded. Work on potential performance measures for landscape connectivity of large mammals, and models of aquatic fauna communities begins in September.

    Date: 2006 (process 2 of 3)
    Coastal modeling and decision management interface development is completed for Eastern Oyster, Spotted Sea Trout, Blue Crab, Seagrass and Valisneria models. A submerged aquatic grasses meeting in early April was the last of the workshops for completing the coastal models before running them on hydrological scenarios. All of the coastal biological models (oyster, crab, trout, seagrass, and freshwater submerged grasses) were run repeatedly during April and May on alternative hydrological scenarios to examine different parameters in the models and the spatial outputs. The first meeting to select alternatives based on the biological models were held June 12-14. Model runs continued through September as new hydrologic inputs were provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

    Early April work continued development of inland habitat models. The initial models were presented for comments to the NSG twice in May and from biologist at the GEER conference in early June. At the end of June all of the models (wading birds, amphibian communities, aquatic fauna communities, and large mammal connectivity and roadkill risk index) were operational, but untested.

    Date: 2008 (process 3 of 3)
    Work planned for FY 2007 and 2008 includes:

    Coastal/Estuarine Model Expansion: The current estuarine forecasting model will be expanded to include Estero Bay and will include all species appropriate for that region. Models will be calibrated and refined for Estero Bay and new documentation will be developed where necessary.

    Inland Forecasting Model calibration, refinement, and documentation: The HSI models that make up the inland forecasting model will be evaluated, refined, calibrated, and verified using available scientific data and local scientific knowledge as hydrologic output become available. HSI models will be documented in the accepted IMC format.

    Alternative Assessment: Restoration alternatives (project designs) will be evaluated using the ecological forecasting models. In addition, a 2000 base run and a 2050 without project run will be performed. This process includes the capture of hydrologic data and the conversion of this data into a usable format. Modeled results will be delivered in an Excel format. In addition results will be integrated into a decision support system for further project alternative evaluation.

    Training: University of Florida (UF) will train district staff to operate modeling software for future modeling efforts.

    Person who carried out this activity:

    Frank J. Mazzotti
    University of Florida
    University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

    3205 College Ave.
    Davie, FL 33314
    USA

    954 577-6304 (voice)
    fjma@ufl.edu

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?

    Pearlstine, L. G. Mazzotti, F J., 2004, Spatial Decision Support Systems for Landscape Ecological Evaluations in the Southwest Florida Feasibility Study: USGS Fact Sheet 2004-3113, U.S. Geological Survey, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

    Online Links:

    Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 11/18/2009
    Pearlstine, Leonard DeAngelis, Donald; Mazzotti, Fr, 2006, Spatial Decision Support Systems for Landscape Ecological Evaluations in the Southwest Florida Feasibility Study (CIRC 1479): Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department Circular 1479, University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Services, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

    Online Links:

    Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 11/18/2009


How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    Models for the Eastern Oyster, Blue Crab, Sea Trout, Sea Grasses (Halodule and Thalassia), and a Freshwater Submerged Grass (Vallisneria) have been completed and are being used for alternative selection. The Eastern Oyster, Blue Crab, and Sea Trout models have been submitted to the Interagency Modeling Center.

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    Criteria for assessing ecological effects to southwestern Florida are being developed at three principal scales. The criteria address changes in: (1) potential habitat distributions and quality for individual species, (2) community composition and hydrologic characteristics, and (3) landscape connectivity.


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints: none

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    Frank J. Mazzotti
    University of Florida
    University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

    3205 College Ave.
    Davie, FL 33314
    USA

    954 577-6304 (voice)
    fjma@ufl.edu

  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

    models

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    The data have no explicit or implied guarantees.

  4. How can I download or order the data?

    • Availability in non-digital form:

      models

    • Cost to order the data: none

    • Special instructions:

      Contact Frank Mazzotti for information about and accessibility to model data and programs.


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 03-Nov-2010
Metadata author:
Heather Henkel
U.S. Geological Survey
600 Fourth Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
USA

727 803-8747 ext 3028 (voice)
727 803-2030 (FAX)
sofia-metadata@usgs.gov

Metadata standard:
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)


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