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Project Work Plan

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

Study Title: South Florida Information Access (SOFIA) Metadata, Data Delivery, EDEN Geospatial System, and Website in Support of Greater Everglades Restoration
Study Start Date: 1996 Study End Date: TBD
Web Sites:http://sofia.usgs.gov/, http://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/ (Data Exchange website), http://sofia.usgs.gov/metadata/ (Metadata website), http://sofia.usgs.gov/eden (Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN) website), http://sofia.usgs.gov/lox_monitor_model/ (A.R.M Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Enhanced Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling website), http://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/zucker_woods_patino/ (South Florida Hydrology Data Download)
Location (Subregions, Counties, Park or Refuge): Total System/All
Funding Source: GE PES
Other Complementary Funding Source(s): This project is fully funded by GE PES.
Funding History: FY98; FY99; FY00; FY01; FY02; FY03; FY04; FY05; FY06; FY07; FY08; FY09; FY10; FY11
Principal Investigator(s): Heather Henkel
Study Personnel: Bryan McCloskey, Kathy Pegram, metadata contractor (TBD), web tech contractor (TBD)
Supporting Organizations: None
Associated / Linked Studies: This project provides support for all GE PES projects, including: Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN), Freshwater Flows to Northeastern Florida Bay, South Florida Landscape Dynamics, Tides and Inflows in the Mangroves of the Everglades (TIME), South Florida Ecosystem History Project, A.R.M Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Enhanced Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling (hosted on SOFIA), Carbonate Aquifer Characterization Laboratory (in development)

Overview & Objective(s): The South Florida Information Access (SOFIA) system was created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 1995. Its mission is to provide easy access to information about research projects and products generated as part of USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES) and other Federal, state, and local science providers. SOFIA provides this service by integrating information systems and tools enabling efficient storage, organization, and search and retrieval of scientific information about the south Florida ecosystem. SOFIA was designed to benefit three major user groups: USGS program managers and scientists working with GE PES, managers and scientists working for other organizations involved with Everglades restoration, and members of the public interested in USGS research and/or the science behind the Everglades restoration effort.

SOFIA is an evolving and dynamic system that builds on the ever-increasing sophistication of new information technology. The SOFIA website (http://sofia.usgs.gov/) contains links to project descriptions, proposals, publications, data (through links to our data exchange site and various databases), metadata, presentations, and contact information, as well as general interest items, including photographs and posters. In addition, the SOFIA team continues to work with outside agencies, such as the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, to post related material on SOFIA. The SOFIA project also provides substantial support for the Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN) and now maintains the Tides and Inflows in the Mangroves of the Everglades (TIME) website.

Specific Relevance to Major Unanswered Questions and Information Needs Identified:

The south Florida restoration effort requires multidisciplinary information related to present and historical conditions for use in responsible decision-making. The SOFIA website provides centralized, seamless access to all information produced by USGS GE PES, as well as other related information produced outside of the Survey. The SOFIA Information System continues to be one of the main places to access Everglades Restoration-related information.

Status: In the past year, the SOFIA website has continued to post all relevant south Florida information, including project proposals, work plans, summary sheets, status reports, publications, data, metadata, as well as project and personnel information. SOFIA continues to increase the amount of information that is provided on the website.

Recent Products: The SOFIA project supports the various needs of GE PES, but also provides support for other projects as well. The results for this project have been broken out into five separate tasks with their associated products listed below:

Sub-task 1: Web Portal

Sub-task 2: Data Dissemenination

Sub-task 3: Metadata

Sub-task 4: Geospatial Development

Sub-task 5: EDEN Website, Data, and Database Management

In 2006, SOFIA began working with the EDEN project to provide technical support. SOFIA has continued in this role, and in FY07 established a real-time gage network website for the EDEN project. The website also provides a place for users to download data produced by the EDEN project, including water surface and ground elevation model data. (Please see the EDEN FY12 Work Plan for a full list of updates.)

Updates included:

Planned Products:

(See sub-tasks for planned products.)

WORK PLAN

Title of Sub-Task 1: SOFIA Web Portal
Task Funding:
USGS Priority Ecosystems Science
Task Leaders: Heather Henkel
Phone: (727) 803-8747 ext. 3028
FAX: (727) 803-2032
Task Status (proposed or active): active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task 1:
Task Personnel: Heather Henkel, Kathy Pegram, web tech (contractor - TBD)

Task Summary and Objectives: The task summary is the same as the project summary. Our objectives are to continue to provide a robust, accurate, and accessible website for Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES).

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures:

Work will continue on the creation of new materials for the SOFIA site. This will involve:

Specific Task Product(s): Updates to the entire site (publications, data, metadata, staff and project information) will continue throughout the year. Enhancements to the SOFIA project and publications database will continue.

Title of Sub-Task 2: SOFIA Data Dissemination
Task Funding:
USGS Priority Ecosystems Science
Task Leaders: Heather Henkel
Phone: (727) 803-8747 ext. 3028
FAX: (727) 803-2032
Task Status (proposed or active): active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task 2:
Task Personnel: Heather Henkel, Kathy Pegram, Bryan McCloskey, web tech (contractor - TBD)

Task Summary and Objectives: In addition to the project and publication information provided on the SOFIA site, we also provide easy access to data and supporting metadata (see Task 3). The data exchange site (http://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/ ) provides direct access to a variety of data sets within the SOFIA program. These data sets are organized by topic and include site maps and methodology information.

Access to Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)-compliant metadata is made available through five portals: the SOFIA site ( http://sofia.usgs.gov/metadata), the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) node, the Federal Geographic Data (FGDC) website, the Federal Geospatial One-Stop website (geo.data.gov), and the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) website. Our objectives are to continue to add all available data and metadata to the SOFIA site.

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: Work will continue with the addition of new data records including those from USGS publications. Missing data sets will be identified and added to SOFIA. We will continue to work with all current GE PES PIs to ensure their data is posted on SOFIA.

Specific Task Product(s): We will continue to add all new and existing available datasets.

Title of Sub-Task 3: SOFIA Metadata Maintenance
Task Funding:
USGS Priority Ecosystems Science
Task Leaders: Heather Henkel
Phone: (727) 803-8747 ext. 3028
FAX: (727) 803-2032
Task Status (proposed or active): active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task 3:
Task Personnel: Heather Henkel, metadata (contractor - TBD)

Task Summary and Objectives: The south Florida restoration effort requires multidisciplinary information relating to present and historical conditions for use in responsible decision-making. Numerous data sets have been created as a result of USGS research conducted in support of the south Florida restoration effort. Metadata provide information for discovering, assessing, and accessing the data sets. The objective is to have accurate, current, FGDC-compliant, searchable metadata for all projects and data sets posted on the South Florida Information Access (SOFIA) website.

Access to Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)-compliant SOFIA metadata is made available through five portals: the SOFIA site ( http://sofia.usgs.gov/metadata), a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) node, the Federal Geographic Data (FGDC) website, the Federal Geospatial One-Stop website (Geodata.gov), and the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) website.

This task will oversee the maintenance of existing SOFIA metadata records as well as the creation of new records. Project pages were checked individually for additional projects and datasets that do not have metadata. We have also been determining replacement contacts for PIs that have retired.

All of the metadata records are compatible with the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata. Finally, staff has participated in telecons regarding the North American Profile of the ISO metadata standard that is being developed for use by Federal agencies.

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: Work planned involves updating as much of the metadata for existing SOFIA projects as possible as well as identifying those projects and data sets that are missing metadata. The metadata will be generated using COTS software (SMMS from Intergraph Corp.) and processed through the metadata parser to ensure compliance with the FGDC metadata standard.

Support will continue to be provided to all PIs who require assistance in creating metadata records.

Specific Task Product(s): New and updated metadata records. This includes recreating all metadata records that were initially created for the IMS which were either incorrect or outdated. All five metadata portals through which SOFIA metadata is accessed will be kept updated.

Title of Sub-Task 4: SOFIA Geospatial Developement
Task Funding:
USGS Priority Ecosystems Science
Task Leaders: Heather Henkel
Phone: (727) 803-8747 ext. 3028
FAX: (727) 803-2032
Task Status (proposed or active): active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task 4:
Task Personnel: Heather Henkel, Bryan McCloskey

Task Summary and Objectives: The South Florida restoration effort requires multidisciplinary information relating to present and historical conditions for use in responsible decision-making. This diverse and complex science requires a variety of tools to enable scientists and managers to work with their own data as well as others. By providing visualization tools, we are offering other avenues of exploration as well and enabling better understanding of multifaceted scientific concepts. We have started to develop Google Map-based applications for both the SOFIA and EDEN project. Internal products have been developed for some scientists on a case-by-case basis.

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: Work will continue on the development of a geospatial interface. Multi-layer netcdf files are currently being developed, and we are exploring ways to provide access to the variety of data that will be available with these files.

Specific Task Product(s): SOFIA Geospatial Interface, creation of appropriate GIS layers; interactive maps.

Title of Sub-Task 5: EDEN Website, Data, and Database Management
Task Funding:
USGS Priority Ecosystems Science
Task Leaders: Heather Henkel
Phone: (727) 803-8747 ext. 3028
FAX: (727) 803-2032
Task Status (proposed or active): active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task 5:
Task Personnel: Heather Henkel, Bryan McCloskey, Kathy Pegram

Task Summary and Objectives: The Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN) is an integrated network of real-time water-level monitoring, ground-elevation modeling, and water-surface modeling that provides scientists and managers with current (1991-present), on-line water-depth information for the entire freshwater portion of the Greater Everglades. Presented on a 400-square-meter grid spacing, EDEN offers a consistent and documented dataset that can be used by scientists and managers to: (1) guide large-scale field operations, (2) integrate hydrologic and ecological responses, and (3) support biological and ecological assessments that measure ecosystem responses to the implementation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The target users are biologists and ecologists examining trophic level responses to hydrodynamic changes in the Everglades.

The information from EDEN has been made readily available to scientists, engineers, and water-resource managers through a website that integrates the real-time monitoring data and GIS model results. The purpose of the website is to integrate EDEN monitoring and modeling data and to provide "one-stop shopping" for data with a consistent data format and documentation. The EDEN website is accessed through an interactive map showing the location of gaging stations in the network, and provides "clickable" access to gage data on a near real-time basis (with a four-day delay to allow to allow time for provisional quality assurance of the raw data from all operating agencies). In addition, users can perform a latitude/longitude-based query that will identify a list of stations matching their area of interest.

The EDEN website provides access to USGS, Big Cypress National Preserve (BCNP), Everglades National Park (ENP), and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Data from water-level gages are transmitted by way of radio or satellite telemetry to the operating agency's data servers. Data from BCNP, ENP, and SFWMD are then transferred to the USGS and entered into the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) database. Once in NWIS, the data is made available through the database-driven EDEN-NWIS web interface (http://sofia .usgs.gov/eden) where the data can be accessed as graphs, tables, or downloadable files. The EDEN website also provides station information, such as station descriptions (including NAVD 88 correction values), measured ground elevation, and vegetation in the vicinity of the gaging station. In addition, rainfall, evapotranspiration, and hindcasted data is available for several stations.

The water level data also are used to create daily modeled simulations of the water surface covering the greater Everglades. These water surfaces are available as GIS layers from January 1, 1991 through the present. This data, along with documentation, is available on the EDEN website ( http://sofia.usgs.gov/eden/). Combining the daily water level surfaces with the EDEN digital elevation model, a full suite of hydrologic data and formats are available for the Everglades. Through the use of a series of EDEN tools (EDENapps), the user can view, extract, plot, and manipulate the EDEN data in a variety of ways.

These tools, along with User Guides, are available on the EDEN website (http://sofia.usgs.gov/eden/edenapps/index.php).

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures:

In the upcoming fiscal year, work will continue on enhancing and adding to the EDEN website. This will include monitoring the website and resolving any problems, if they arise, in addition to maintaining the website. In addition, we will be responsible for ensuring that proper backup and security procedures are followed to maintain data and website availability and integrity.

New gages and associated data and information will be added to the EDEN database, model, and website. New water surfaces will be created and posted. A new model is currently being tested and output from this model has been added to the EDEN website. Once final testing is completed, the new model will be used to create real-time surfaces. Previous data has been archived.

A new web portal will be developed for the oligohaline zone (Coastal EDEN); the database for this new portal has already been developed and a prototype is being tested.

Development will continue of a centralized composite EDEN Data database.

EDENapps tools are in the process of being revised and tested and will be posted on the EDEN website (http://sofia.usgs.gov/eden/edenapps/index.php ) as soon as they are ready. The EDENapps User Guides and web pages will also be updated. Work has begun with the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on the next phase of EDENapps. This will include working with a user group of greater Everglades scientists and managers to ensure that any new tools or enhancements to existing tools will be beneficial.