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The Florida Atlas of Lakes: A new Tool for Managing Lakes in Florida

Ron Chandler, Jim Griffin, Rich Hammond, Kevin Kerrigan, Shawn Landry, and Jason Scolaro Florida Center for Community Design and Research (FCCDR), University of South Florida Tampa, FL

Purpose and Scope This paper presents the design of the soon to be implemented “Florida Atlas of Lakes” Water Atlas website. This project is a cooperative effort between USF-FCCDR, UF-LAKEWATCH

and the Florida Lake Management Society.

This new addition to the Water Atlas Portal

(www.wateratlas.org) will provide LAKEWATCH lakes in Florida.







Design Methods and Approach

The Water Atlas Program at the University of South Florida provides spatially attributed water resource data via the World Wide Web to a nine county region stretching between Pinellas County on the west coast and Seminole County and, soon, Volusia County on the East Coast and Leon County in the Florida Panhandle. The extension of the benefits of the Water Atlas to all the citizens of Florida has always been a major goal of the Water Atlas program. However the program has not had the manpower, funding or technology to achieve this goal. A combination of new designs and new technologies has now made this goal possible. The first requirement was to replace the current multiple atlas-specific databases and code bases with a single spatial/nonspatial database and a single code base. This was achieved by the “One Atlas” design shown in Figure 1. The new technologies include Microsoft DotNet programming language, ArcIMS 9.2, the newest ESRI internet management system and new Google mapping technologies. The One Atlas approach will not only make the Water Atlas more efficient and effective, but it will reduce the time that individual staff must spend on a single project, thus increasing effective staff. This year we will make a small step in that direction with the Florida Atlas of Lakes. While this new statewide atlas will not have the full functionality of a county Water Atlas, it will, have the spatial reach and database functionality that are needed to effectively manage a statewide program like Florida LAKEWATCH.

The staging area is a single spatial/non-spatial data base that allows single step management of large geospatial and attribute databases.

Hillsborough DB

Polk DB

Hillsborough County Watershed Atlas

Polk County Water Atlas

Implementing the One Atlas will go a step beyond the Orange/Manatee model, substituting a single Water Atlas Database for the separate County databases.

Data Provider 1

Data Provider 2

Data Provider 3

Data Provider n

Transfer Technique

Staging Area / Geospatial DB

Seminole DB

Sarasota DB

Tampa Bay DB

Manatee DB

Orange DB

Seminole County Watershed Atlas

Data Provider 1

Sarasota County Water Atlas

Data Provider 2

Data Provider 3

Tampa Bay Estuary Atlas

Data Provider n

Manatee / Orange Atlas

Staging Area /

Water Atlas

Geospatial DB


Data Transfer

The first use of a common code base was the Orange and Manatee Water Atlas Web sites.

Single Water Atlas Code/Interface

A single interface run by a common dot-Net code base will ensure commonality of components across atlas sites.

Figure 1. Existing (left) and future (right) Water Atlas conceptual designs.

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