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A visualization tool to support decision making in environmental and biological planning

December 1, 2014

Large-scale ecosystem management involves consideration of many factors for informed decision making. The EverVIEW Data Viewer is a cross-platform desktop decision support tool to help decision makers compare simulation model outputs from competing plans for restoring Florida's Greater Everglades. The integration of NetCDF metadata conventions into EverVIEW allows end-users from multiple institutions within and beyond the Everglades restoration community to share information and tools. Our development process incorporates continuous interaction with targeted end-users for increased likelihood of adoption. One of EverVIEW's signature features is side-by-side map panels, which can be used to simultaneously compare species or habitat impacts from alternative restoration plans. Other features include examination of potential restoration plan impacts across multiple geographic or tabular displays, and animation through time. As a result of an iterative, standards-driven approach, EverVIEW is relevant to large-scale planning beyond Florida, and is used in multiple biological planning efforts in the United States.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2014
Title A visualization tool to support decision making in environmental and biological planning
DOI 10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.09.008
Authors Stephanie S. Romañach, Mark McKelvy, Craig Conzelmann, Kevin J. Suir
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Environmental Modelling and Software
Index ID 70139355
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southeast Ecological Science Center