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Improving linkages and integration between management issues and science needs for Landscape Conservation (via SHC) in the Greater Everglades

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What does this data set describe?

Improving linkages and integration between management issues and science needs for Landscape Conservation (via SHC) in the Greater Everglades
Restoration of the Everglades and other ecosystems will require a coordinated, integrated approach to addressing management issues using the best available scientific information. USGS is in an ideal position to provide the scientific information necessary for managers and decision makers. Recent reviews of two science focused programs, the Critical Ecosystems Study Initiative (CESI), and Science Coordination in South Florida, conducted by the National Academy of Science (2003) and the General Accounting Office (2003), respectively have identified improving science coordination, synthesis and integration of research data, and communication of research findings as high priority tasks that are necessary for Everglades Restoration. In addition, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and United States Geological Survey have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Integration of Research, Planning and Interagency Coordination which was established to "...integrate and facilitate coordination among the Parties for all ongoing and future monitoring, research, planning, and interagency coordination activities supporting Everglades Restoration".
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Brandt, Laura A., 2013, Improving linkages and integration between management issues and science needs for Landscape Conservation (via SHC) in the Greater Everglades.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -82.87
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.1
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 27.2
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24.86
    South Florida including the boundaries defined by the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Initiative, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, and the Multi-Species Recovery Plan.

  3. What does it look like?

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

    Beginning_Date: 2004
    Ending_Date: 2013
    Currentness_Reference: publication date

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

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Project

  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)

    • Laura A. Brandt

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

    Project Personnel: Lori Miller, Steve Traxler, Christopher Bernhardt, Michael Cherkiss, Paul Conrads, Kristen Hart, Stephanie S. Romanach, Hardin Waddle, Debra A. Willard, Leonard Pearlstine, Dilip Shinde, Brian Jeffery, Frank J. Mazzotti

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

    Laura Brandt
    US Fish and Wildlife Service
    A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR
    Boynton Beach, FL 33437

    561-735-6004 (voice)
    561-735-6008 (FAX)

Why was the data set created?

This project will accomplish several tasks related to science coordination, synthesis, and integration through a combination of workshops, meetings, and synthesis documents. The main objectives of this project are:

1). Work with DOI managers to identify and clearly articulate management issues and questions that require science support;
2). Work with DOI scientists to identify and clearly articulate existing and past research that provides science support for high priority management issues;
3). Work with DOI scientists and managers to identify immediate and future high priority science needs; and
4). Synthesize, integrate, and communicate science information for use by managers and decision makers.

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: 2004 (process 1 of 10)
    Research and management workshop for DOI management units:
    During FY04 a workshop will be organized that focuses on current management issues at the A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR. The one day workshop will consist of a presentation by the Refuge Manager on current management issues and suggested science needs, presentations of ongoing research in the refuge, a facilitated discussion of how current research is addressing management issues, and what additional information is needed. Participants in the workshop will include refuge staff, researchers from various agencies conducting research in the refuge, South Florida Water Management scientists and managers, and USGS scientists who are conducting research that may be relevant to refuge needs. Lessons learned from this workshop will be applied to the next workshop which will likely be with refuges in southwest Florida (J.N. Ding Darling complex, Florida Panther, and Ten Thousand Islands).

    Date: 2005 (process 2 of 10)
    Synthesis of existing science information and its contribution to greater Everglades restoration objectives:
    During FY04 the management questions associated with issues related to hydrologic restoration targets in the A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR will be articulated. Existing scientific information from the Everglades and other ecosystems that could help to address the issue will be identified and summarized. A draft synthesis document will be prepared for review in FY04 and completion in FY05.

    Date: 2005 (process 3 of 10)
    Development of performance measures to track how science outputs are being used by managers and their impacts on restoration goals:
    During FY04 a set of performance measures to track how science information is being applied to decision making will be developed. The performance measures will be applied on a limited basis to ensure that they are appropriate (reflect desired responses and can be measured). Modifications will be made as necessary in order to have a working set of performance measures for application in FY05.

    Date: 2009 (process 4 of 10)
    Determine highest priority needs for ecological modeling tools for DOI and other agencies and partners involved in Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration:
    Identify and determine the status of ecological models “available” for use in south Florida.
    Coordinate with the following through individual meetings and workshops to determine high priority modeling needs based on current decision needs and availability of existing models:
    FWS Ecological Services, Refuges, Migratory Birds, and Fisheries to determine ecological modeling needs related to each programs management and restoration activities and for strategic planning for sustainable landscapes to support trust resources (Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC)). National Park Service CERP's Restoration Coordination and Verification (RECOVER) team(s) Other agencies and partners as needed to integrate ecological modeling tools for Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration and Strategic Habitat Conservation in South Florida.

    Date: 2009 (process 5 of 10)
    Team Leader Joint Ecosystem Modeling Laboratory:
    Work with existing JEM Lab staff and scientists to identify and implement standard/compatible procedures for model development and documentation. Establish methods for developing quantifiable, repeatable, and reviewable models. Coordinate internal JEM Lab activities to ensure completion of products in a timely manner.

    Date: 2008 (process 6 of 10)
    Workshops for dissemination and training on JEM Lab products:
    Conduct at least four workshops for DOI and other interested parties on the application of JEM Lab products including (but not limited to) the Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN) and Across Trophic Level Spatial Simulation (ATLSS) data viewing tools. Additional workshops will be determined based on products and needs identified by DOI and other partners

    Date: 2011 (process 7 of 10)
    Work with other scientists, especially those in USGS, on research, monitoring, and modeling efforts related to DOI, with special emphasis on FWS high priority needs for landscape conservation and responses to climate change. Link ecological monitoring and research to Everglades management and restoration planning and decisions through the use of modeling and data synthesis. Work with NPS and University of Florida scientists to evaluate and improve revised alligator Habitat Suitability Index with the goal of having it used in the decision process for the Central Everglades Planning Process (CEPP).
    Continue synthesis of crocodilian data collected under RECOVER MAP with comparisons among areas with different hydrologic conditions (A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR-an area with multi-year hydroperiods compared to the other Water Conservation Areas and Everglades National Park and Big Cypress which have areas that dry out at differing frequencies and intensities). The goal of this effort is to assess the ability of using space as a surrogate for time as a way to bring information on expected responses of crocodilians to Everglades restoration into evaluations of alternative restoration plans.

    Date: 2009 (process 8 of 10)
    Work with other scientists and managers in the design and implementation of adaptive management and assessment at multiple scales. This task will use ten years of data on alligators at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR to explore how such information can be used in assessment of management actions. Survey and capture data will be integrated with hydrologic and other data to examine linkages between water management and alligator numbers and body condition. Lessons learned from this work will be described in a format that can be used by others in developing monitoring and research for adaptive management.

    Date: 2010 (process 9 of 10)
    Work with USGS and University of Florida scientists to synthesize work completed via the University of Florida JEM project since FY05. The JEM was initiated in FY05 as an informal collaborative arrangement for getting models in the hands of the users. A variety of tasks that have been completed under an agreement with University of Florida and individual project reports exist for these tasks. Specific tasks and subtasks have evolved with emerging issues and needs of South Florida users. In addition, lessons have been learned on developing collaborative relationships for modeling that may be applicable in the context of the development of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. This task in FY10 will provide a synthesis of projects and products developed since FY05.

    Date: 2012 (process 10 of 10)
    Synthesize and summarize lessons learned about strengthening linkages between USGS and FWS. In FY12 the information from previous years will be synthesized in a report (and potentially a publication) that outlines lessons learned, potential mechanisms for continued improvement of linkage of science and management, and mechanisms for fostering strong working relationships between FWS and USGS.

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

    Brandt, Laura A., 2006, Benefits Anticipated from the 1995 Water Regulation Schedule for Water Conservation Area 1: Review and Analysis: Report LOX06-006, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Boynton Beach, FL.

    Other_Citation_Details: 52 pp.
    Brandt, Laura A., 2005, Summary of Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 2004 Science Workship: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR, Boynton Beach, FL.

    Mazzotti, F.J., R.G. Harvey, L.G. Pearlstine, A.D. Daugherty, L.A. Brandt, K.L. Chartier, K.G. Rice, J.H. Waddle, D.W. Ceilley, and M.J. Duever, 2008, Stressor Response Model for Southwest Florida Amphibians.: University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Joint Ecosystem Modeling Technical Report. Final report to the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Geological Survey. 45 pp.
    Mazzotti, F.J., R.G. Harvey, L.G. Pearlstine, A.D. Daugherty, L.A. Brandt, K.L. Chartier, W.F. Loftus, J.C. Trexler, D.W. Ceilley, S.E. Liston, and M.J. Duever., 2008, Stressor Response Model for Southwest Florida Aquatic Fauna.: University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, FL.

    JEM Technical Report. Final report to the South Florida Water Management District. 39 pp.
    Mazzotti, F.J., R.G. Harvey, L.G. Pearlstine, Z. Liu, Z. Shang, T.S. Hoctor, L.A. Brandt, and M.J. Duever., 2008, Landscape Connectivity Model for Southwest Florida Large Mammals.: University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, FL.

    JEM Technical Report. Final report to the South Florida Water Management District. 22 pp.
    Mazzotti, F.J., S.S. Romañach, A.D. Daugherty, K.L. Chartier, D.E. Gawlik, P.M. Heidemann, L.G. Pearlstine, L.A. Brandt, and M.J., 2008, Landscape Suitability Model for Southwest Florida Wading Birds.: University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, FL.

    JEM Technical Report. Final report to the South Florida Water Management District. 36 pp.
    Brandt, Laura A., 2008, Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) and the importance of ecosystem models.

    Presented at 2nd USGS Modeling Workshop. Perdido Beach, AL February 2008.
    Chartier, Kevin L., Laura A. Brandt, G. Ronnie Best, Frank J. Mazzotti, Donald L. DeAngelis, Adam Daugherty, Rebecca Harvey, and Dover Duverney, 2008, Getting Ecological Models into the Hands of the Users: Joint Ecosystem Modeling..

    Booth presented at Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conference. Naples, FL July 2008.
    Brandt, L.A., M. Campbell, and F.J. Mazzotti, 2010, Spatial Distribution of Alligator Holes in the Central Everglades: Southeastern Naturalist 9(3); 487-496.

    Online Links:

    Brandt, Laura A., Ryan L. Lynch, Ikuko Fujisaki, Hongjun Chen, Rafael Crespo, and Frank J. Mazzotti., 2009, Assessment of Hurricane Damage to Tree Islands in Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Their Recovery with Special Emphasis on Establishment of Lygodium microphyllum: University of Florida, Davie, FL.

    Final Report for Cooperative Agreement 401815J012 between U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and University of Florida.
    Bernhardt, Christopher E., Laura A. Brandt, Debra A. Willard and Bryan Landacre., 2013, Reconstructing Vegetation Response to Altered Hydrology and its use for Restoration, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Florida: Wetlands 33:1139-1149.

    Other_Citation_Details: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13157-013-0469-y
    Lynch RL, Brandt LA, Chen H, Ogurcak D, Fujisaki I, Mazzotti FJ., 2011, Recuirtment and growth of Old World climbing fern in hurricane-caused canopy gaps: Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 2(2):199-206.

    Other_Citation_Details: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3996/062011-JFWM-040
    Mazzotti, Frank J., Michael S. Cherkiss, Laura A. Brandt, Ikuko Fujisaki, Kristen Hart, Brian Jeffrey, Scott T. McMurry, Steven G. Platt, Thomas R. Rainwater, and Joy Vinci., 2012, Body Condition of Morelet's Crocodiles (Crocodylus moreletii) from Northern Belize: Journal of Herpetology 46(3): 356-362.

    Online Links:

    Michael J. Millard,Craig A. Czarnecki, John M. Morton, Laura A. Brandt, Jennifer S. Briggs, Frank S. Shipley, Roger Sayre, Pamela J. Sponholtz, David Perkins, Darin G. Simpkins, Janith Taylor, 2012, A National Geographic Framework for Guiding Conservation on a Landscape Scale.: Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 3(1) 175-183.

    Online Links:

    Pifer, Emily K., Laura A. Brandt, and Frank J. Mazzotti., 2012, Preliminary surveys for round-tailed muskrats in Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.: Florida Scientist 75(2): 87.

    Watling James I, Stephanie S. Romañach, Laura A. Brandt, Leonard G. Pearlstine and Frank J. Mazzotti., 2012, Do bioclimate variables improve performance of climate envelope models?: Ecological Modeling 246: 79-85.

    Other_Citation_Details: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2012.07.018
    Zhongwei Liu, Laura A. Brandt, Danielle E. Ogurcak, and Frank J. Mazzotti., 2013, Morphometric and hydrologic characteristics of alligator holes in Everglades National Park, Florida from 1994 to 2007: Ecohydrology 6(2): 275-286.

    Other_Citation_Details: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eco.1266

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?

    Not applicable

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

    Not applicable

How can someone get a copy of the data set?

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

  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: 29-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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