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Managing pressures from the development of dams, land use conversion, and climate change on riverine and ecosystems of the Mekong’s Tonle Sap basin.

This project aims to quantify the impact of dams, land use conversion, and climate change on river flows, sediment transport, and nutrient movement in the 3S and Tonle Sap basins in Cambodia. We aim to identify viable interventions to current and planned development to minimize or mitigate impacts on local riverine ecosystems, forest catchments, and...

City of Kissimmee STORET Data Processing

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Kissimmee
  • Dates:
    September 2016 — February 2017

The City of Kissimmee, in Osceola County, requires the assistance of the University in the processing and submission of their data to DEP STORET. The city will send, on a quarterly basis, the latest additions of water quality sampling data for STORET inclusion. These data will be processed by the University’s own Water Quality Data Management System...

Urban Tree Canopy Analysis for the City of Tampa, 2016

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Tampa
  • Dates:
    October 2015 — May 2017

The primary goals of this project are to conduct the field and remote sampling and data analysis necessary to measure the 2016 extent, condition and value of the tree canopy and urban forest, and how the forest has changed during the five years since the past study and ten years since the first study. The measurements collected by the study will provide...

Determining Sources and Risk of Fecal Pollution in Tampa Bay Tributaries

  • Sponsor(s):
    Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    October 2015 — October 2017

This project will combine nutrient and microbiological analysis of tributaries to Tampa Bay to determine sources and risk of fecal pollution from animal and human sources. Risk assessment for recreational water users will be determined from these and additional monitoring data.

Alabama Butterfly Atlas (2015-)

  • Sponsor(s):
    University of West Alabama Foundation
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    October 2015 — March 2017

The deliverable for this project is an online atlas with a database of information about butterflies found in Alabama. Sections of the atlas will include species lists, species accounts, a map of public lands where butterflies are likely to be observed, information about butterfly life cycles, links to related websites and videos, flight periods, host...

Bathymetric Survey of Wet Ponds in Orange County

  • Sponsor(s):
    Orange County Board of County Commissioners
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    October 2015 — September 2017

The focus of this project is to conduct field sampling and obtain bathymetry for wet stormwater ponds in Orange County, Florida. Faculty, staff and students have developed rapid field sampling protocols to collect water depth data using sonar and GPS technology attached to small water craft (e.g., kayak or jon boat). Students learn GIS and 3D mapping...

Coastal SEES Collaborative Research: Integration of human behavior and perception into a risk-based microbial water quality management approach

  • Sponsor(s):
    National Science Foundation
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    September 2015 — September 2018

An innovative, beach water quality investigation that considers human behavior, water pollution, and risk of illness, with the goal of improving improve beach management and protection of public health in Costa Rica, other tropical regions, and throughout the world

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

  • Sponsor(s):
    Paso Pacifico
  • Dates:
    July 2015 — December 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.

FWC Species and Habitat Monitoring Programs Catalog

  • Sponsor(s):
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    July 2015 — September 2016

The goal of this project is to create a spatially-mapped, online catalog of habitat and species metadata that meet the FWC’s needs and those of the greater species and habitat monitoring community. The project will assist Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative (FWLI) in meeting its Monitoring and Adaptation implementation goal of providing information...

From Gray to Green: Tools for Transitioning to Vegetation-Based Stormwater Management

Many cities recognize the potential of green infrastructure in managing and mitigating urban stormwater runoff (e.g. nutrient load), yet most lack systematic strategies for transitioning away from their existing conventional (gray) drainage systems. This project is intended to provide natural resource managers, planners, and engineers with decision...

Hillsborough County Lake and Stream Assessments

  • Sponsor(s):
    Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    April 2015 — September 2016

Ecosystem evaluation of lakes and streams in Hillsborough County. The product of these investigations will provide the County, lake property owners and the general public a better understanding of the general health of Hillsborough County lakes, in terms of shoreline development, water quality, lake morphology (bottom contour, volume, area, etc.) plant...

Detailed Analysis of the FWC Saltwater Angler Licensing System

  • Sponsor(s):
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    February 2015 — April 2016

The overall objective of this project is to provide assistance in improving the quality and completeness of the Florida marine recreational fishing license/registry database. The intent of the project is to work with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to: 1) identify missing key parameters; 2) examine current available data for incorrect information;...

Lake County STORET Processing

  • Sponsor(s):
    Lake County Board of County Commissioners
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    January 2015 — September 2016

Lake County requires the assistance of the University in the processing and submission of their data to DEP STORET. Lake County will send, on a quarterly basis, the latest additions of water quality sampling data for STORET inclusion. These data will be processed by the University's own Water Quality Data Management System for STORET compatibility....

Tampa Tree Map Website

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Tampa, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Service
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    October 2014 — September 2016

The primary focus of this project is to maintain and support the Tampa Tree Map website that the City uses as the basis of its tree inventory, tree risk assessment and other Urban Forest Management related efforts. The deliverable product is the maintenance and upgrades of a fully functional web site for a period of two-years from the initiation of...

Polk County Bathymetry - Lake Sears and Grassy

  • Sponsor(s):
    Polk County BOCC, Parks and Natural Resources Division
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    October 2014 — March 2015

The Water Institute will conduct bathymetric mapping for two lakes in Polk County: Lake Sears and Lake Grassy. USF-WI staff will conduct a full day field data collection to the lakes and collect detailed bathymetric mapping following a standard protocol, and process the data into TIN and bathymetric contour datasets, produce PDF contour maps, and add...

Mobile Tree Failure Prediction and Debris Estimation for Storm Preparation and Response

Urban forest managers are limited in their ability to predict tree failure during storms. This project will create an openly available data collection and GIS mapping mobile application to help professionals quantify tree risk in the urban forest. Beginning with a systematic, nation-wide survey of storm-related data, predictive models will be built...

Tidal Creek Survey Support Phase II

A follow-up to assessments of southwest Florida tidal streams, this project involved performing vegetation, bathymetry, and bottom hardness assessment of 9 additional creeks located in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, within the watershed of Sarasota Bay.

Temple Terrace Water Meter Mapping: Phases One and Two

The Water Institute has been working with the City since summer of 2014 to map accessible front yard meters as part of a Phase One project. To date, a total of 6,627 meters have been mapped out of a total of approximately 10,065 meters. The effort to map these meters was relatively rapid and efficient because the location of the meters did not require...

Predicting i-Tree Ecosystem Services from Remote Sensing Metrics

  • Sponsor(s):
    U.S. Forest Service
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    June 2014 — December 2016

Investigate the use of metrics generated from remotely sensed imagery (including Urban Tree Canopy) and LiDAR to predict changes to i-Tree Eco based estimates of urban forest ecosystem services using data from the Tampa Bay Watershed.

Indiana Plant Atlas Website Implementation (2013-)

The objectives of this project are to implement an Indiana Plant Atlas similar in function to the Alabama Plant Atlas, ensure that the website is usable on modern tablet devices, and make additional usability enhancements (auto-completion fields, responsive website design, etc.). The efforts included in this project have been designed to meet the existing...

Tidal Creek Survey Support

This project involves performing vegetation, bathymetry, and bottom hardness assessment of 16 tidal creeks located within the study areas of the Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Programs.

Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council Monitoring Catalog Design, Implementation, and Maintenance

  • Sponsor(s):
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    May 2013 — May 2019

The project will include a one-year design and implementation phase (Phase I) and a two-year web and catalog maintenance and refinement phase (Phase II). The initial project period is 12 months and the total project period is 36 months. The primary goal of the first phase of the project is to design and implement an internet-based, publicly accessible...

Orange County Data Loggers 2013

The project sets up and maintains a process that retrieves data from up to three Orange County data loggers, provides review of the results for quality assurance, and outputs the collected data to a Microsoft Access database the county staff can download.

Tampa Build Your Own Water Efficiency Rebate Program

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Tampa Water Department
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    December 2012 — September 2013

This project is intended to enhance public policy and best practices related to efficient potable water use by better understanding why humans conserve. This pilot project in behavioral research allows participants to choose their own ways of reducing water use, offering the City and the University an opportunity to work toward sustainable behavioral...

CHNEP Water Atlas Enhancements

  • Sponsor(s):
    Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    December 2012 — September 2015

The purpose of this project is to complete several tasks designed to enhance the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Water Atlas. Tasks include completion of the time series analysis or water quality variables, interactive program and volunteer pages, and quality assurance and quality control meetings.

Wetland Change, 1950s to 2007: Manatee County Supplement

  • Sponsor(s):
    Manatee County Board of County Commissioners, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    November 2012 — April 2013

This project is a follow-on to the report "Prioritizing Habitat Restoration Goals in the Tampa Bay Watershed" which analyzed historical changes to freshwater wetland habitats in the Tampa Bay estuary's watershed from 1950 to 2007, identified changes in extent, structure, function and quality of those wetland habitats, assessed the state and condition...

Assessing Vulnerabilities from Climate Change: Impacts of Water Provision, Power Relations and Perceptions of Risk on Ecohydrology

  • Sponsor(s):
    National Science Foundation
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    September 2012 — August 2014

Coastal cities host 52% of the world's population, and are likely to be highly susceptible to the effects of changes in climate. Yet, much remains to be understood about specific vulnerabilities in particular cities as well as commonalities that can be addressed through mitigation and adaptation across US cities and around the globe. One dominant impact...

Tampa Urban Forest Management Website

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Tampa
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    June 2012 — May 2014

This project will integrate content management, GIS mapping, and communication technologies to support work efforts for effective management of Tampa's urban forest.

Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation, ELAPP and Burns Web Application

  • Sponsor(s):
    Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation & Conservation Dept.
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    May 2012 — September 2013

Online database application to assist Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department with record keeping and scheduling for past, present and future land management activities for the 60,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands for which it is responsible. The Department's management responsibilities include prescribed burning,...

Mobilizing Community Support for Urban Forestry

  • Sponsor(s):
    Florida Division of Forestry
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    March 2012 — January 2013

The goal of this project is to mobilize community support and increase the participation of Tampa residents in the stewardship of the urban forest using a Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) approach. The partnership will establish four neighborhood pilot projects that will help to improve the Community Tree Program, expand the number of households...

City of Altamonte Springs STORET Data Processing

Altamonte Springs requires the assistance of the University in the processing and submission of their data to DEP STORET. Altamonte Springs will send, on a quarterly basis, the latest additions of water quality sampling data for STORET inclusion. These data will be processed by the University’s own Water Quality Data Management System for STORET compatibility....

Florida LAKEWATCH STORET Data Processing

  • Sponsor(s):
    Florida LAKEWATCH (University of Florida IFAS)
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    October 2011 — September 2012

The Water Atlas program includes a data warehouse for surface and groundwater monitoring data collected by local governments, and also provides automated tools to migrate these data to the State of Florida-mandated STORET data warehouse. The Florida Center will perform formatting and quality control monitoring on data collected statewide, ensuring that...

Florida Invasive Plant (FLIP) Mobile Field Guide

  • Sponsor(s):
    Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC)
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    September 2011 — March 2012

FLIP stands for FLorida Invasive Plants and is a mobile field guide that was designed for, and can be accessed by, computers, smart phones, tablets, or other mobile devices with internet browser capability. It allows searching or browsing for information about Category I invasive species (and one Category II invasive species) as designated by the Florida...

Characterization of N Loading from Transportation and Attenuation by Urban Vegetation

  • Sponsor(s):
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (subcontract with University of Florida)
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    November 2010 — January 2013

The City of Tampa (City), University of South Florida (USF), University of Florida (UF) and the UF-IFAS/ Hillsborough Extension Service (Extension) completed an ecological analysis of the City’s urban forest in 2006-2007. The project team of UF, USF, and EPA will work together to quantify the potential of roadside vegetated buffers and other vegetation...

Charlotte Harbor NEP Water Atlas (2010-)

  • Sponsor(s):
    Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
  • Project Partner(s):
    Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    October 2010 — September 2017

This is a research project and website design, development and implementation project with the goal of designing a WaterAtlas.org website for the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program with spatial coverage of the CHNEP Study area, including the counties of Polk, Charlotte, Lee, Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and Desota. Research includes data informatics...

EPCHC Seagrass and Seagrass Scar Tracking

  • Sponsor(s):
    Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County
  • Project Partner(s):
    Hillsborough County Specialized Services; Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    October 2010 — September 2011

This is a research project to design and implement methods of tracking seagrass abundance and seabed boat propellor scarring using low-cost bathymetric equipment mounted on small boats.

Connecting Pixels to People: Management Agents and Socioecological Determinants of Changes of Street Trees Distribution

  • Sponsor(s):
    National Science Foundation
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    September 2010 — August 2012

The goal of the proposed dissertation research is to investigate the contemporary agents and socioecological determinants of street tree distributions in urban residential neighborhoods in order to understand how household decisions and multi-scalar management agents shape the environment within the public-private space of the right-of-way.

Tampa 2011 Urban Ecological Analysis and Urban Forest Management Plan

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Tampa
  • Project Partner(s):
    1) University of Florida and 2) University of Florida/Hillsborough County
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    August 2010 — August 2013

The purpose of this project will be three-fold: 1.To re-inventory Tampa’s urban forest in order to complete a 5-year update to the Tampa Urban Ecological Analysis (UEA); 2. To utilize both new and previously collected field and remote sampling information to conduct a detailed analysis of structural and spatial change to Tampa’s urban forest since 2006;...

STORET Load of Groundwater Sampling - Collier County

  • Sponsor(s):
    Professional Services Industrial, Inc. (and Collier County)
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    July 2010 — November 2010

The Water Atlas program includes a data warehouse for surface and groundwater monitoring data collected by local governments, and also provides automated tools to migrate these data to the State of Florida mandated STORET data warehouse. The Florida Center will assist Collier County (through a subcontract with PSI) to upload groundwater data to STORET.

Polk County Lake Bathymetry Data Processing Project

  • Sponsor(s):
    Polk County BOCC, Parks and Natural Resources Division
  • Project Partner(s):
    Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    October 2009 — September 2010

The goal of this project is to used inexpensive yet accurate GPS and sonar technologies to map lakes in Polk County and produce bathymetric (contour) databases and database products from this mapping effort.

Urban development, power relations, and water redistribution as drivers of wetland change in the Tampa Bay Region Socioecosystem

  • Sponsor(s):
    National Science Foundation
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    October 2009 — March 2013

Urban ecosystems are heterotrophic entities, and their reliance on external inputs is central to an emerging theory of urban ecology. Yet, the drivers and consequences of this redistribution of resources remain poorly understood. This project will investigate how social organization and distribution of power in a socioecosystem drive resource redistribution,...

Seminole County Water Atlas (2009-)

The Atlas Program is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. The Atlas is a "one stop information shop" for...

Alabama Plant Atlas Website Implementation (2009-)

  • Sponsor(s):
    University of West Alabama
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    September 2009 — May 2010

The Alabama Plant Atlas (Atlas) will be a recognized program of the University of West Alabama (UWA), but will be a shared resource for herbaria throughout the state. The objectives of this project are to implement the Alabama Plant Atlas and enhance the plant specimen data management system to facilitate specimen data sharing between herbaria containing...

Water Conservation Public Opinion Survey

  • Sponsor(s):
    Tampa Bay Water
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    September 2009 — March 2010

The Florida Center will conduct a public opinion survey and related analyses for use by Tampa Bay Water in the development of their updated Demand Management Plan.

Hillsborough River Watershed Alliance Website Design, Development and Implementation

  • Sponsor(s):
    Hillsborough River Watershed Alliance
  • Project Partner(s):
    Southwest Florida Water Management District, Tampa Bay Estuary
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    August 2009 — July 2016

The objectives of this project are for the Florida Center for Community Design and Research (FCCDR) at USF to : (1) Provide interim hosting and minor management to the existing Hillsborough River Watershed Alliance (Alliance) website; (2) Redesign the website to improve functionality and ease of management; (3) Redesign and improve the Frog Listening...

Development of a Coordinated Watershed Approach for Linking Compensatory Mitigation & Tampa Bay Habitat Restoration Goals

  • Sponsor(s):
    Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    July 2009 — February 2011

The purpose of the overall project, lead by Thomas Crisman in the Department of Integrative Biology, is to work with various stakeholder organizations, primarily local and state government agencies, to explore the concept of using compensatory mitigation in freshwater wetlands to further the overall habitat restoration and protection goals in the Tampa...

Children's Community Atlas

  • Sponsor(s):
    Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
  • Project Partner(s):
    Glazer Children’s Museum of Tampa
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    June 2009 — March 2010

The objective of this project is to develop a Community Atlas website for kids that presents quality-assured data and information concerning community conditions in a format that the public in general, and children in particular, can easily access and understand.

Orange County Water Atlas (2009-)

Orange County Water Atlas is an interactive web site designed to make science and watershed management understandable to all readers. It consolidates surface water related information from multiple agencies and disseminates the information to the public, decision makers and scientists. The Atlas will serve as an archive of historic data and a continuously...

City of Tampa Urban and Community Forestry Grant: Toward the Development of a Strategy for Urban Forest Sustainability

Working with the City of Tampa, the goal of this project was to develop initial Strategies for Urban Forest Sustainability and prepare many of the elements necessary to eventually create a comprehensive Urban Forestry Master Plan. Led by the University of South Florida, University of Florida and IFAS Extension Services, vision, goals and strategies...

Tampa Water Department Asset Digitization

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Tampa
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    February 2008 — April 2009

This project focuses on assisting the City of Tampa Water Department in the recording and conversion of its asset inventory for the full service area to GIS-based data for use with the Utility Services GIS Asset Management System.

UACDC Crime Prevention Project: Community Atlas/Community Indicators

  • Sponsor(s):
    Jim Walter Partnership/USF School of Social Work
  • Project Partner(s):
    University Area Community Development Corporation
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    January 2008 — June 2011

Assist the University Area Community Development Corporation in reducing the incidence of crime through public awareness and involvement. This project involves enhancing and maintaining the UACDC section of the Hillsborough Community Atlas and researching and developing the initial phase of a "Community Crime Indicators" project, which will develop...

Plant Atlas Website Update to include Non-native species in the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants website database

  • Sponsor(s):
    Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    November 2007 — June 2014

The primary focus of this project is to redesign and update the existing Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants to increase the functionality for users and expand the collections in the searchable database. Addition of data on non-native species to the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants website database revelvant to Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Committee...

Hillsborough County Site/Sub Database

  • Sponsor(s):
    Hillsborough County Planning and Growth Management
  • Project Partner(s):
    Hillsborough County
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    September 2007 — January 2008

This project is designed to assist Hillsborough County in improving their system for tracking the life-cycle of required subdivisions and site development permits.

City of Tallahassee and Leon County Water Atlas Project

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Tallahassee, Leon County Board of County Commissioners
  • Project Partner(s):
    Watershed Management Policy Board
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    July 2007 — September 2011

The primary focus of this project is to continue to maintain the City of Tallahassee and Leon County Water Atlas that consolidates surface water related information from multiple agencies and disseminates the information to the public, decision makers, and scientists. The Atlas is available as an interactive website designed to make science and watershed...

Volusia County Water Atlas

The Volusia County Water Atlas is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. Typically, the scientists and citizens...

Florida Atlas of Lakes (2007-)

  • Sponsor(s):
    Florida Lake Management Society
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    April 2007 — September 2007

The Florida Atlas of Lakes is a component of the Wateratlas.org portal that features 600 plus Florida LAKEWATCH lakes and provides a customized ArcIMS mapping functionality for all lakes listed in the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) for Florida. The atlas includes special tools to allow the download of LAKEWATCH data from a specific sample site...

City of Tampa Water Atlas

The primary focus of this project is to continue to maintain the Hillsborough County Watershed Atlas by adding new datasets and content which will provide services to the staff and citizens of the City of Tampa.

City of Tampa Urban Ecological Analysis

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Tampa
  • Project Partner(s):
    University of Florida and Hillsborough County Cooperative Extension
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    December 2006 — December 2008

The City of Tampa and the University of South Florida completed an ecological assessment of the City’s urban forest in the mid-1990’s, examining the temporal change in canopy coverage between 1975-1996, the spatial variation in canopy coverage in 1996 and the estimated benefits provided by the urban forest. In 2006, USF partnered with the University...

Orange County Historic Data

The Orange County Environmental Protection Division Ecological Assessment Team (County) has been sampling and acquiring water quality data from Orange County lakes and streams since the 1960’s. At present, data are recorded in several formats (different table configurations), in three media types: hardcopy data sheets, microfilm recordings of data sheets,...

Pollution Monitoring Application Pilot

  • Sponsor(s):
    Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    July 2006 — December 2009

Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay area continue to face a number of challenges related to the pollution of our surface water resources. The objectives of this project are to enhance collaborative water resource management and pollution recovery efforts by developing and making available new data access and visualization tools on the very successful...

City of Tampa Sanitary Sewer System Asset Digitization

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Tampa Wastewater Department
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    May 2006 — July 2007

The City of Tampa Wastewater Department currently maintains a sanitary sewer asset inventory in a hard copy Atlas with corresponding indexed as-built pages. As part of this work effort, the University will assist the City with the conversion of this asset inventory to a GIS format, thus creating a completed Sanitary Sewer System GIS dataset for the...

Shoreline Tracking and Reporting System for the Tampa Bay Estuary Atlas

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Tampa Mayor's Beautification Program
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    January 2006 — December 2006

The objective of this project is to develop an online component for the Tampa Bay Estuary Atlas (www.tampabay.wateratlas.org), that will allow users to access shoreline and/or habitat restoration projects that have been identified by the Tampa Shoreline Restoration Initiative and other projects. As envisioned, the system will allow users to dynamically...

Hillsborough Community Atlas

  • Sponsor(s):
    Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    December 2005 — September 2016

Typically, people who live and work in different communities around Hillsborough County have found it difficult to gather the information they need from the myriad of agencies that collect the related data and provide particular services. Often when data and information are provided about communities it is limited to particular subjects. To solve this...

Polk Water Atlas Enhancements

  • Sponsor(s):
    Polk County Board of County Commissioners
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    October 2005 — September 2009

The primary focus of this project is to continue to maintain Polk Water Atlas web interface was designed using Active Server Page (ASP) programming to enable database driven web pages with a web-based GIS navigation tool. The deliverable product is for maintenance of a fully functional web site for Polk County staff and citizens to use for a period...

Lake County Water Atlas (2005-)

The Atlas Program is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. The Atlas is a "one stop information shop" for...

Manatee County Water Atlas (2005-)

Manatee County Water Atlas is an interactive web site designed to make science and watershed management understandable to all readers. It consolidates surface water related information from multiple agencies and disseminates the information to the public, decision makers and scientists. The Atlas will serve as an archive of historic data and a continuously...

City of Tampa GIS Stormwater Asset Inventory

  • Sponsor(s):
    City of Tampa
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    June 2005 — September 2007

Prior to 2006, the City of Tampa maintained their stormwater inventory as hard copy stormwater Atlas pages. Since June of 2005, the University of South Florida (University) and the City of Tampa (City) have worked together to develop a comprehensive citywide GIS stormwater asset inventory utilizing atlas pages, as-built documents and other available...

Pinellas County Water Atlas (2004-)

  • Sponsor(s):
    Florida Department of Transportation, Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Project Partner(s):
    James Grffin
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    September 2004 — September 2017

The Atlas Program is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. The Atlas is a "one stop information shop" for...

Regional Tampa Bay Water Atlas (2004-)

  • Sponsor(s):
    Manatee County Board of County Commissioners, Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Project Partner(s):
    United States Geological Survey and Florida Wildlife Research Institute
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    September 2004 — September 2017

The goal of the Atlas will be to consolidate surface water related information from multiple agencies and disseminate the information to the public, decision makers, and the scientific community. The Atlas will be available as an interactive web site designed to be make science and watershed management understandable to all stakeholders. The Atlas...

Community Atlas Development - Hillsborough County

  • Sponsor(s):
    Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    April 2004 — December 2005

The objective of this project is to develop a pilot Community Atlas website which presents quality-assured data and information concerning government services and community conditions in a format that the public can easily access and understand. This pilot is a multi-agency effort that includes Hillsborough County and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough...

Tampa Shoreline Restoration Initiative

  • Sponsor(s):
    Mayor's Beautification Program
  • Dates:
    April 2004 — February 2005

The objective of this project was to develop a master plan document that addressed shoreline restoration of thirty of the City of Tampa’s waterfront parks identified by the Mayor’s Beautification Program. The University coordinated the formation of the master plan document which includes: existing conditions for each park, a park restoration ranking,...

Tampa Bay Atlas Phase I: Prototype Creation and Implementation Plan

  • Sponsor(s):
    Tampa Bay Estuary Program, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    January 2004 — August 2004

The objective of this project is to complete a detailed conceptual design and implementation plan for creating an online Water Atlas for Tampa Bay and surrounding coastal waters. It is anticipated that the Atlas will be developed as a consortium with the primary partners including: the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Florida Marine...

New York Flora Atlas Website Redesign

  • Sponsor(s):
    New York Flora Association, New York State Biodiversity Research Institute
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    January 2004 — April 2012

The New York Flora Atlas (Atlas) is an online resource for information including distribution of all the vascular plants that occur in New York State. Information is also available for taxa which have been erroneously reported from New York (excluded taxa). In addition to distribution, the atlas provides information for each taxon about habitat, taxonomy,...

Hillsborough County Basin Digitization

  • Sponsor(s):
    Hillsborough County Public Works Department
  • Dates:
    July 2003 — February 2004

The objective of this project is to assemble eleven Hillsborough County Watershed Management Plans (Alafia River, Bullfrog/Wolf Branch, Curiosity Creek, Cypress Creek, Delaney/Archie Creek, Duck Pond, East Lake, Hillsborough River, Little Manatee River, Pemberton/Baker Creek, and Silver/Twin) into digital formats that are easily accessible through websites....

Seminole County Stormwater Data Post Processing and Management

  • Sponsor(s):
    Seminole County Public Works
  • Dates:
    May 2003 — March 2005

The Florida Center for Community Design and Research at the University of South Florida assisted the Seminole County Public Works Department in collecting and post-processing stormwater related infrastructure data. This project used the protocol document developed by The Florida Center with the assistance of Seminole County staff, and participants will...

Sarasota County Water Atlas (2003-)

  • Sponsor(s):
    Sarasota County Government
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    March 2003 — March 2017

The Atlas Program is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. The Atlas is a "one stop information shop" for...

Hillsborough County Stormwater Inventory and Hansen Programs

  • Sponsor(s):
    Hillsborough County Public Works, Stormwater Division
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    January 2003 — September 2003

The Florida Center is working to update the GIS post-processing protocol developed in 2000 so that the steps can be carried out using the latest ESRI software suite. This project will focus entirely on the initial post-processing work that is currently assigned to the Specialized Services unit. This includes all post processing steps prior to the integration...

Southwest Florida Water Management District Water Resources Atlas

  • Sponsor(s):
    Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    November 2002 — October 2004

The Atlas Program is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. The Atlas is a "one stop information shop" for...

GIS Database Services

  • Sponsor(s):
    Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Dates:
    January 2002 — November 2002

The purpose of the project was to provide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database services to the District. These services included database design and automation, data translation, spatial metadata creation and intergovernmental data sharing activities. The primary product delivered under this agreement was a GIS land ownership parcel layer for...

Public Water Supply Service Area Digitization Project

  • Sponsor(s):
    Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    January 2002 — December 2003

The goal of this project was to create a GIS layer and database for water utility retail service area boundaries of public water supply utilities throughout the Southwest Florida Water Management District. This project involved developing and conducting a protocol to work closely with each utility to determine the boundaries of their service area and...

Future Land-Use Layer Creation

  • Sponsor(s):
    Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Dates:
    June 2001 — June 2002

The objective of this project was to produce a comprehensive Future Land-Use Layer that covered the entire Southwest Florida Water Management District jurisdictional area. This was accomplished by utilizing various GIS techniques to combine data layers that are collected from the sixteen counties and 98 local governments located within the Southwest...

Seminole Stormwater Protocol Development

  • Sponsor(s):
    Seminole County Public Works
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    January 2001 — September 2001

The objective of this project is to develop a pilot program to asses the current state of Seminole County’s stormwater data and develop a protocol to create a comprehensive stormwater GIS database. The newly developed protocol will provide a procedure for the County to create a complete layer of stormwater data for the entire County from the remaining...

Polk County Water Atlas (2000-)

  • Sponsor(s):
    Polk County Board of County Commissioners
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    August 2000 — September 2017

The Atlas Program is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. The Atlas is a "one stop information shop" for...

Hillsborough County Stormwater Inventory

  • Sponsor(s):
    Hillsborough County Public Works, Stormwater Section
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    August 1999 — February 2000

The objective of the Hillsborough County Stormwater Inventory is to assist the County with the creation of a Stormwater Atlas. The scope of this work involves mapping the existing stormwater infrastructure and the development of a stormwater management system interface by which County staff can identify stormwater features, attribute stormwater infrastructure...

Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants (1999-)

  • Sponsor(s):
    Florida Department of Transportation, Institute of Systematic Botany, Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    June 1999 — September 2017

Florida, with over 3,800 species of native or naturalized ferns and seed plants, is the third most floristically diverse state in the United States. The Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants provides a source of information useful to anyone who needs to know the distribution of plants within the state. It will also serve as a companion volume for The Guide...

Hillsborough County Water Atlas

The Atlas Program is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic, and ecological data, as well as information about recreational opportunities and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. The Atlas is a "one stop information shop" for...

Tampa Urban Ecological Analysis 1975-1996

  • Sponsor(s):
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    January 1997 — October 1999

The Florida Center at USF's School of Architecture completed an exciting research project to help the City of Tampa in the management of an important natural resource, the urban forest. Urban forests are vital to city life and provide residents with many benefits such as: reduction in household energy use, air pollution reduction, decreased stormwater...

WaterAtlas.org (1997-)

  • Sponsor(s):
    Multiple Sponsors (Please see website.)
  • Senior Personnel:
  • Dates:
    January 1997 — n/a

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. The Atlas Program is designed to provide citizens, scientists, professionals, and planners with comprehensive and current water...

Gray to Green transitioning project

Development of planning tool for the transition from gray to green infrastructure for stormwater management (nutrient control). It centers around preserving urban forest and LID for stormwater management.

Onsite wastewater treatment technology for nutrient and pathogens removal

This is part of the research within the EPA Center (nutrient management) lead by faculty at Civil and Environmental Engineering. It focuses on the development of technologies for nutrient and pathogen removal from onsite wastewater systems (septic tanks) based on hybrid chemical and biological processes. The pathogen removal aspect of the project involves...

Center for Reinventing Aging Infrastructure for Nutrient Management (RAINmgt).

The mission of RAINmgt is to achieve sustainable and cost-effective health and environmental outcomes by re-imagining aging coastal urban infrastructure communities. The overall goal is to develop the science behind new technology and management innovations and a deep understanding of the integrated system while demonstrating and assessing these innovations...