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

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Frank Mazzotti

Ken Rice; Laura Brandt

Publication_Date: 2006
Title:
Ecological Models for Evaluating Effects of Restoration Alternatives on Coastal Ecosystems of Southwest Florida
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: reports
Online_Linkage: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/index.php?project_url=eco_model>
Description:
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.

Purpose:
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.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 2004
Ending_Date: 2008
Currentness_Reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Unknown
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -82.25
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.75
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 27.25
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 25
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: modeling
Theme_Keyword: hydrology
Theme_Keyword: ecology
Theme_Keyword: Southwest Florida Feasibility Study
Theme_Keyword: SWFFS
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: inlandWaters
Theme_Keyword: oceans
Theme_Keyword: 007
Theme_Keyword: 012
Theme_Keyword: 014
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, DC, 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, DC, 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: Lee County
Place_Keyword: Collier County
Place_Keyword: Charlotte County
Place_Keyword: Hendry County
Place_Keyword: Glades County
Place_Keyword: Monroe County
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Place_Keyword: SW Big Cypress
Place_Keyword: Central Everglades
Place_Keyword: Greater Lake Okeechobee
Place_Keyword: Southwest coast
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints: none
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Frank J. Mazzotti
Contact_Organization: University of Florida
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address:
University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

3205 College Ave.

City: Davie
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33314
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 954 577-6304
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: fjma@ufl.edu
Browse_Graphic:
Browse_Graphic_File_Name:
<http://www.evergladesplan.org/pm/studies/study_docs/swfl/031209_swffs_scoping_letter_map.pdf>
Browse_Graphic_File_Description: figure shows the SWFFS area
Browse_Graphic_File_Type: PDF
Browse_Graphic:
Browse_Graphic_File_Name: <http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2004/3113/>
Browse_Graphic_File_Description: figure 1 shows the SWFFS area in green
Browse_Graphic_File_Type: GIF
Data_Set_Credit: Project personnel include: Kevin Chartier and Adam Dougherty
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Pearlstine, L. G.

Mazzotti, F J.

Publication_Date: 2004
Title:
Spatial Decision Support Systems for Landscape Ecological Evaluations in the Southwest Florida Feasibility Study
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: fact sheet
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Fact Sheet
Issue_Identification: 2004-3113
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 11/18/2009
Online_Linkage: <http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2004/3113/>
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Pearlstine, Leonard

DeAngelis, Donald; Mazzotti, Frank; Barnes, Tomma; Duever, Michael; Starnes, Janet

Publication_Date: 2006
Title:
Spatial Decision Support Systems for Landscape Ecological Evaluations in the Southwest Florida Feasibility Study (CIRC 1479)
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: report
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department Circular
Issue_Identification: 1479
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Publisher:
University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Services
Other_Citation_Details: accessed as of 11/18/2009
Online_Linkage: <http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/UW/UW23500.pdf>

Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report:
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.
Completeness_Report:
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.
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
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.

Process_Date: 2005
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
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.

Process_Date: 2006
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
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.

Process_Date: 2008
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Frank J. Mazzotti
Contact_Organization: University of Florida
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address:
University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

3205 College Ave.

City: Davie
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33314
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 954 577-6304
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: fjma@ufl.edu

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Frank J. Mazzotti
Contact_Organization: University of Florida
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address:
University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

3205 College Ave.

City: Davie
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33314
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 954 577-6304
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: fjma@ufl.edu
Resource_Description: models
Distribution_Liability: The data have no explicit or implied guarantees.
Standard_Order_Process:
Non-digital_Form: models
Fees: none
Ordering_Instructions:
Contact Frank Mazzotti for information about and accessibility to model data and programs.

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20101103
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
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Access_Constraints: none
Metadata_Use_Constraints:
The principal investigator for this project has declined to provide a review of the information in the metadata record. Any questions about the information should be directed to the Point of Contact under Citation Information or the Process Contact(s).

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