Joint Ecosystem Modeling: Greater Everglades Modeling Decision Support Tools

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Ecological models are needed to facilitate evaluation and assessment of alternative approaches to restore Greater Everglades ecosystems. However, the provision of useful and accessible models is a challenge because there is often a disconnect between model developers and model users. Joint Ecosystem Modeling (JEM) was established to meet this challenge, with the goal of getting ecological models into the hands of users.

Joint Ecosystem Modeling (JEM)

Joint Ecosystem Modeling (JEM)

The Science Issue and Relevance: Ecological models are needed to facilitate evaluation and assessment of alternative approaches to restore Greater Everglades ecosystems. However, the provision of useful and accessible models is a challenge because there is often a disconnect between model developers and model users. Joint Ecosystem Modeling (JEM) was established to meet this challenge, with the goal of getting ecological models into the hands of users. JEM is a partnership among federal and state agencies, universities and other organizations which is currently funded by the USGS Priority Ecosystem Science program, the Everglades National Park, and the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Information is available on the JEM website, http://www.jem.gov.

Methodology for Addressing the Issue: We are continuing development of ecological models, and visualization and data manipulation tools. Natural resource managers in the Greater Everglades have expressed their need to view and manipulate ecological modeling data on their desktop computers. We developed the EverVIEW Data Viewer which offers the ability to instantiate multiple mapping panels, each of which can be populated with different datasets allowing the end-user to spatially compare modeling inputs and outputs, or multiple restoration plans at once. We have developed a Statistics Extension which allows the user to generate simple statistics (min, max, mean, std dev, avg). A new Transect Extension graphs the relationship between water depth/stage and elevation for a transect drawn upon the globe by the user. Additionally, location tracking includes point, line, poly-line, and polygon support. File support for ESRI shapefile and Google KML is available as well.

EverVIEW Lite web-based version of EverVIEW

EverVIEW Lite web-based version of EverVIEW

Future Steps:

  • The ecological modeling community has been asking in the last couple of years for a web-based version of EverVIEW. During fiscal year 16, we will release EverVIEW Lite to meet that need.  EverVIEW lite will also have access to online streaming data.
  • We are also working optimizing hydrologic conditions across the Everglades to the benefit of a suite of species of interest, moving away from single-species management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EverVIEW Data Viewer map panels

EverVIEW Data Viewer map panels

EverVIEW Data Viewer data panel

EverVIEW Data Viewer data panel