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Florida Lake Management Society Annual Conference, Naples, Florida, June 4 – 7, 2007

HABITAT MANAGEMENT THROUGH SPATIAL DATABASE DESIGN

Jim Griffin, Rich Hammond, Kevin Kerrigan, Jason Scolaro, Karen Dufraine USF-FCCDR, Jessica Atwell, Greta Klungness and Michelle McIntyre USF-Geography Department Tampa, FL

Purpose and Scope

This poster presentation is focused on the design and implementation of the new Habitat Restoration web component of the Tampa Bay Estuary Atlas. Two posters are presented. The first outlines the website design and its application and the second is focused on a parallel spatial database design project assigned to geography (GIS) graduate students at the University of South Florida.

Design Methods and Approach

The protection, restoration and management of wetland systems in Florida are critical to

the future of the State. Emergent wetland loss between 1950 and 1982 (Hallard, 1989).

in the Tampa Bay area alone is estimated at 18% The population change during that period for

Hillsborough County for the two Counties

was 49% and for Pinellas is in excess of 24% and

County 23%. The 10 % respectively

population change since 1985 (http://www.florida-business-

data.com). sector have

Population pressures, rise in land value and other factors like growth made the management of these critical resources more problematic.

in

the

tourism

The Florida Center for Community Design and Research (FCCDR) completed the Tampa Shoreline Restoration Initiative (TSRI) management plan in concert with the Mayor’s Beautification Program (MBP) and PBSJ in 2004/2005. This plan was published in hard copy and as a CD. Soon after that, the MBP requested that the plan’s contents be provided as a web component to the Tampa Bay Estuary Programs (TBEP) Water Atlas site. Seeing the need for a more robust component to handle existing and future restoration site management requirements, FCCDR in partnership with TBEP and MBP designed, developed and implemented the current restoration component now live on Water Atlas (http://www.tampabay.wateratlas.org). Figure 1 shows the component on the TBE Atlas.

Figure 5. Tampa Bay Estuary Atlas front page and Restoration component project page.

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