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Computational Ecology and the Everglades: New Modeling Approaches for Regional Environmental Assessment

Louis J. Gross
The Institute for Environmental Modeling
Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Modern ecological assessment requires the projection of future trends in various population and community characteristics, using Geographic Information System (GIS) input data, remote sensing data for animal movements, and a variety of physical model outputs for abiotic components. Linking together these inputs to spatially-explicit, dynamic ecological models requires the use of multiple mathematical modeling approaches. I will describe how we have constructed such a multimodel for use in providing relative assessments of alternative hydrologic plans in South Florida. This multimodel - ATLSS (Across Trophic Level System Simulation) - has been extensively used in the ongoing planning process for Everglades restoration. Interested parties should visit the home page at http://atlss.org/ for more information.

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