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Project Work Plan

Department of Interior USGS GE PES
Fiscal Year 2012 Study Work Plan

Title of Task: Advanced Computer Applications to Support the Greater Everglades Joint Ecosystem Modeling Effort
Task Funding: USGS
Task Leader: Craig Conzelmann
Phone: 337-266-8842
Fax: 337-266-8616
Time Frame for Task: Fiscal Year 2012
Task Personnel: Craig Conzelmann, Kevin Suir, Christina Hunnicutt, Sumani Chimmula, Shwetha Belame, Jimi Darcey

Task Summary:

The USGS has been requested by the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Program to take a lead role on all programming activities which fall under the Joint Ecosystem Modeling (JEM) umbrella. This request includes developing and implementing a long-term software development and maintenance strategy which addresses scientists and resource managers needs to run ecological models, data manipulation tools, and data viewers from their desktops. Additionally, USGS has been asked to lead CERP modeling data standards and data sharing efforts which will ease the challenges related data access across the Everglades restoration community.

USGS will continue its efforts focused on improving integration both within the Department of Interior agencies (USGS, USFWS, NPS) and others such as the SFWMD and the Army Corps of Engineers with hopes of future expansion to other natural resource stake holders.

FY2012 will be largely committed to working with DOI and the USACE on the Central Everglades Planning Process (CEPP) which is a national prototype focused on "streamlining the planning process". We intend on accomplishing our objectives, but our implementations will be biased towards the needs of CEPP for FY2012.


Recent Products and Accomplishments:

Specific Task Products:

  1. EverVIEW software update and release:
    1. Version 2.0, EverVIEW Data Viewer - MAJOR RELEASE
      1. Extensions: Screenshot, Climate Envelope Modeling Viewer, Difference Tool for output comparison, Reporting and Statistics Tool, Transect Visualization Tool
    2. Version 2.X, EverVIEW Data Viewer - Unstructured Grid Enabled (RSM viewing)
    3. Version 0.0, EverVIEW API for extension development
    4. Version 3, EverVIEW Slice and Dice Tool update
  2. Work with scientists to continue to mature/develop ecological:
    1. Address CEPP eco-modeling needs (as of 12/1/2011, this need is un-defined)
  3. Continue working with subject matter experts looking to integrate the Apple Snail and Snail Kite models such that the two species models provide bi-directional feedback real-time during model run.
  4. CERP netCDF Standard:
    1. Update the orthogonal standard based on modeling community feedback
    2. Finalize and release the new CERP netCDF standard for unstructured grids (RSM support)
  5. Present on EverVIEW Data Viewer, JEM modeling tools, and data standards at INTECOL 2012 along with manning a booth where users can see the software in action.
  6. Continue development and expansion.
  7. Continue efforts to maintain communication and integration with the other key agencies (USFWS, NPS, SFWMD) by attending JEM meetings and onsite visits to discuss the agency specific needs related to data modeling, data manipulation, and data viewing. With the progress of the EverVIEW suite of software, these partner meetings will also need to include face-to-face training to ensure the users understand how to use the new software.