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A GIS-Based Decision-Support Tool to Evaluate Land Management Policies in South Florida

photo of houses encroaching on sawgrass prairie
Project Investigators: Richard Bernknopf, Paul Hearn, William Labiosa

Project Personnel: Paul Amos, David Brookshire, Ann-Margaret Esnard, Kevin Gillen, Dianna Hogan, Amy Mathie, Leonard Pearlstine, Tony Smith, David Strong, Jaap Vos, Susan Wachter, Anne Wein

Project Start Date: 2005 End Date: 2009

Recent Funding: (FY08) ENP CESI, USGS GE PES, USGS GAM, (FY07) ENP CESI, USGS GE PES, USGS GAM, (FY06) ENP CESI, USGS GE PES, USGS SI


Summary

The primary objective of the project is to develop an EPM for resource managers and decision makers to evaluate land use decisions that attempt to maintain a balance between the ecological health of South Florida parks and refuges and the increasing pressures of urban development.

The ecosystem portfolio model (EPM), a Geographic Information System based decision support tool, will integrate natural science and economic information to support land use planning, land acquisition strategies, and regulatory decisions. The EPM will contribute to improved public understanding and awareness of the importance of protecting South Florida ecosystem functions and their socioeconomic implications.

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