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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
gross@tiem.utk.edu


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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