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Interagency Synthesis of Scientific Information, South Florida

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Title: Interagency Synthesis of Scientific Information, South Florida
Scientific information is being generated in south Florida to meet broad political interests and goals for protection and restoration of the Everglades and the south Florida environment. The State of Florida passed the Everglades Forever Act in 1994, thereby establishing a comprehensive program to restore portions of the Everglades. A major plan is being developed by the Corp of Engineers in cooperation with the State (The Restudy) to alter patterns of water flow in the region as part of restoration. A coalition of Federal and State agencies and Indian tribes, the South Florida Ecological Restoration Task Force, was established to guide the protection and restoration effort. The Task Force has a local Working Group that deals with management issues. The Working Group is advised by the recently established Science Coordination Team (SCT), formerly the Science Sub-group. The SCT promotes interactions of scientists and managers in the planning and evaluation of projects related to restoration. The SCT is developing a peer reviewed Science Plan for south Florida. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is beginning synthesis for its South Florida Ecosystem Program. The approach adopted by the USGS could serve as a guide or prototype for interagency synthesis. The schedule for the USGS Ecosystem Program is ideal for developing and testing an approach and implementation plan for interagency synthesis. The approach for the USGS synthesis will be to summarize each of the approximately 70 Ecosystem projects into 70 short, 2-page reports that contain the main findings of each project and to distribute these reports at a symposium in the winter of 1999. Review and discussion of these short reports and presentations will serve as the basis for topical synthesis of critical resource issues and will summarize the USGS Ecosystem Program from 1996 through 1998. The topical synthesis reports will be drafted for review in early 2000. Interagency synthesis would follow and be completed in 2001.
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Benjamin F. McPherson (retired), 2001, Interagency Synthesis of Scientific Information, South Florida.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -83
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 28.00
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24.5
    Description_of_Geographic_Extent: South Florida

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

    Beginning_Date: 1999
    Ending_Date: 2001
    Currentness_Reference: publication date

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

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: project

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Who produced the data set?

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

    • Benjamin F. McPherson (retired)

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

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

    Heather S. Henkel
    U.S. Geological Survey
    600 Fourth Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701

    727-502-8028 (voice)
    727-502-8182 (FAX)

Why was the data set created?

The goal of interagency synthesis in south Florida will be to draw on various scientific sources in developing concise descriptions and coverages of significant issues related to resource management. Synthesis will include the consolidation of information from different agencies and universities, different disciplines, and different approaches into an overall account of a specific issue or geographical area.

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: 1999 (process 1 of 3)
    In consultation with the USGS Ecosystem Program and with the SCT, develop a plan for inter-agency synthesis, to include topics, issues, and geographical areas that will be emphasized in synthesis. Strive to obtain consensus among principal agencies in developing the plan. Develop plans to make synthesis results available through the interned workshops, and reports. Work with the SCT to develop a section on synthesis for the south Florida Science Plan.

    Date: 2000 (process 2 of 3)
    Continue to assemble scientific information on restoration, environmental issues, modeling results, and other approaches of ecosystem science, and begin to summarize these in an easily understandable, integrative, and pertinent manner. Review and finalize synthesis topics and critical resource issues for reports. Use USGS 2-page synthesis reports and presentations, and other agenciesí data and reports to begin interagency synthesis report(s). Work closely with USGS scientists as they develop their topical synthesis reports to include these in the interagency synthesis.

    Date: 2001 (process 3 of 3)
    Continue with synthesis report(s), prepare draft(s) for interagency and USGS review, and complete reports.

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

    Science Coordination Team, Soth Florida Ecosystem Restoration Group, 2003, The Role of Flow in the Evergaldes Ridge and Slough Landscape.

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

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    Not applicable

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

Access_Constraints: None
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  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    Heather S. Henkel
    U.S. Geological Survey
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701

    727-502-8028 (voice)
    727-502-8182 (FAX)
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  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    The data have no explicit or implied guarantees.

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Who wrote the metadata?

Last modified: 10-Sep-2014
Metadata author:
Heather S. Henkel
U.S. Geological Survey
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

727-502-8028 (voice)
727-502-8182 (FAX)
Metadata standard:
FGDC Biological Data Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001.1-1999)

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