Publications

In working on the diverse projects undertaken by the USF Water Institute, staff produce, collect, and sometimes manage a number of documents, reports and websites that are relevant to the work at hand.

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Mangrove and Mangrove-Fringe Wetlands in Ostional, Nicaragua: Current Conditions and Pathways Forward

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  • Year Published:
    2015

The Pacific coast of Nicaragua is ecologically rich but financially poor. A recent upsurge in tourism has spurred development, placing new stresses on coastal fringe ecosystems. The USF Water Institute conducted fieldwork and GIS-based analyses to identify mangrove restoration opportunities and to propose a site-specific approach to wetland monitoring.

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Tidal Stream Assessment Report for Southwest Florida

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  • Year Published:
    2014

The Water Institute tasks included bathymetric mapping, vegetation surveys and habitat assessment. These tasks served as a foundation for anticipated sampling tasks involved in a wider study by other organizations which was to include fish sampling, benthic chlorophyll sampling, macroinvertebrate sampling and water quality sampling.

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Catalog of Florida Monitoring Programs ("Water-CAT")

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  • Year Published:
    2014

This online, searchable database answers the questions "who, what, where, when and why?" for water resource managers, researchers and citizens. It contains "metadata" acquired directly from organizations performing water resource monitoring, or indirectly via regulatory agencies that receive routine submissions of monitoring data. The primary goal of the project is to make it easier for water resource managers to coordinate their efforts and share information.

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Tampa Tree Map Website

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  • Year Published:
    2013

TampaTreeMap is a web-based map and database that enables everyone to collaboratively create an accurate and informative inventory of the trees in the City of Tampa and on the campus of the University of South Florida. The TampaTreeMap is based on open source software that originated from the Urban Forest Map project in San Francisco and was subsequently developed by Azavea, a Philadelphia-based software design and development firm.

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City of Tampa 2011 Urban Forest Analysis: The Structure, Composition, Function and Economic Benefits of Trees and the Urban Forest. Final Report to the City of Tampa, September 2013

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  • Year Published:
    2013
  • Authors:
    Shawn M. Landry, Michael G. Andreu, Robert J. Northrop and Carolyn C. Rhodes

The City of Tampa Urban Ecological Assessment provides a detailed scientific look into the economic and ecological values of the City of Tampa’s urban forest. This report provides detailed information about the distribution of Tampa’s tree canopy cover, results of extensive field sampling that describe forest composition, structure and health, and model results that quantify the economic benefits and ecosystem services provided by Tampa’s urban forest.

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City of Tampa Urban Forest Management Plan

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  • Year Published:
    2013
  • Authors:
    Robert J. Northrop, Kathy Beck, Rob Irving, Shawn M. Landry and Michael G. Andreu

This strategic plan for the management of Tampa’s urban forest addresses the numerous challenges to growing and maintaining a healthy urban forest in an efficient manner. It was developed with a 20-year planning horizon to meets the challenge of programmatic continuity by planning on a long time framework. It provides guidance for intermediate 5-year city-wide work planning as well as direct input into short-term annual departmental operational plans and decision-making.

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Prioritizing Habitat Restoration Goals in the Tampa Bay Watershed

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    2012

This report summarizes ecological, hydrological, econometric and GIS analyses of freshwater wetland habitats in the Tampa Bay Estuary Program's study area. It maps historical changes from 1950-2007, identifies changes in quality and function of wetland habitats, describes tools developed to assess wetland quality, and describes the results obtained by using the assessment tools. Econometric modeling was employed to assess economic viability of future restoration/mitigation/preservation targets.

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Charlotte Harbor Water Atlas

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  • Year Published:
    2011
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

This interactive web-based atlas is an information gateway for citizens interested in the health of the Charlotte Harbor watershed, which encompasses all or part of seven counties and stretches from coastal Lee County north and east to include part of Polk County. Its geographic coverage includes the study area of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, a regional alliance that is part of the US Environmental Protection Agency's National Estuary Program.

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Alabama Plant Atlas

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  • Year Published:
    2010
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

The Alabama Plant Atlas is a joint effort by the Alabama Herbarium Consortium (AHC) and The University of West Alabama to provide users with a comprehensive searchable database of plants that occur in the state of Alabama. It provides a source of information for each species including the distribution within the state using historical and recent data.

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Use of Side-scanning Sonar Equipment to Image Physical Impacts of Recreational Boating on Seagrass Beds in Cockroach Bay, Florida

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  • Year Published:
    2010
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

Project report describing the equipment, procedures, benefits, and limitations of a technique to add side-scanning sonar during bathymetry collection to detect and map seagrass scars in Cockroach Bay, in Lower Tampa Bay.

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A Report on the City of Tampa's Existing and Possible Urban Tree Canopy

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  • Year Published:
    2009
  • Authors:
    Shawn M. Landry, Michael G. Andreu, Melissa H. Friedman and Robert J. Northrop

The analysis of Tampa’s existing and possible urban tree canopy was completed as a follow-up to the City of Tampa Urban Ecological Analysis conducted in 2006-2007. Our goal was to leverage the high resolution geospatial datasets developed during the Urban Ecological Analysis to compute UTC metrics at the parcel level and summarize this information both by land use and by spatial distribution.

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Hillsborough River Watershed Alliance Website

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  • Year Published:
    2009
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

This sub-site is part of the Hillsborough County & City of Tampa Water Atlas, and has information pertaining to the HRWA and its Frog Listening Network project, including a calendar, newsletters, sponsor list, and information about the watershed. (NOTE: The HRWA sub-site was moved to the Tampa Bay Water Atlas in 2015 upon the closing of the Hillsborough County Water Atlas.)

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City of Tampa Urban Ecological Analysis 2006-2007: Final Report to the City of Tampa, April 24, 2008

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  • Year Published:
    2008
  • Authors:
    Andreu, Michael G., Melissa H. Friedman, Shawn M. Landry and Robert J. Northrop

Through a collaborative effort that involved the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, and the Hillsborough County Extension, an extensive inventory of Tampa’s urban forest was undertaken and analyzed during 2007. The inventory provided baseline information on location, composition, structure, and health while the analysis determined ecological function and economic value.

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Pinellas County Water Atlas

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  • Year Published:
    2007
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

This interactive web-based atlas provides information on local water resources, watershed planning, environmental events, a "watershed excursion" feature, and school curriculum. Supplemental sponsorship funding has come from the Pinellas County Environmental Foundation and the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Manatee County Water Atlas

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  • Year Published:
    2007
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

This interactive web-based atlas is designed to provide residents, visitors, and businesses with an easy-to-use tool to access information about the area's water resources. It is suitable for all ages and interest levels, a science-oriented resource that can be utilized by families, students, and professionals.

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Tampa Bay Estuary Atlas

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  • Year Published:
    2005
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

This interactive web-based atlas is an information gateway for citizens interested in the health of Tampa Bay, Florida's largest open-water estuary. Its geographic coverage includes the study area of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, a regional alliance that is part of the US Environmental Protection Agency's National Estuary Program.

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New York Flora Atlas

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  • Year Published:
    2004
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

The New York Flora Atlas is a source of information for the distribution of plants within the state, as well as information on plant habitats, associated ecological communities, and taxonomy. In addition, users can learn about the location of vouchered specimens and see images to get a better visual for each plant.

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Community Atlas Website

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  • Year Published:
    2002
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

This is the "umbrella website" established for the Community Atlas program under development at the Florida Center for Community Design and Research. At present there is only one Community Atlas site. It was created for Hillsborough County and sponsored by the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.

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Hillsborough Community Atlas

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  • Year Published:
    2002

The Hillsborough Community Atlas is a website that presents quality-assured data and information concerning community conditions in a format that the public can easily access and understand. Information is presented by community/neighborhood along with detailed explanations of what agency provides the data or service, what the data means, and why it is important.

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City of Tampa Urban Ecological Analysis 1975-1996

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  • Year Published:
    1999
  • Authors:
    Kyle Campbell and Shawn Landry

The Urban Ecological Analysis quantified how Tampa's tree canopy has changed over time, modeled the effects of the forest on the local ecology, and assessed the economic impact of the forest.

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Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants

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  • Year Published:
    1999
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

The Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants provides users with a comprehensive searchable database of vascular plants in the State of Florida. Florida, with over 4,200 species of native or naturalized ferns and seed plants, is the third most floristically diverse state in the United States.

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Hillsborough County & City of Tampa Water Atlas

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  • Year Published:
    1997
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

A website that helps communities to make informed decisions by providing up-to-date information on our vital water resources.

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WaterAtlas.org

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  • Year Published:
    1997
  • Authors:
    University of South Florida

This is the web portal that provides access to all of the Water Atlas websites. Each Water Atlas is a website that helps communities to make informed decisions by providing up-to-date information on our vital water resources.

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