Florida Coastal Everglades SiteBytes 2007

LTER Site: Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE)

Contributor: Linda Powell (Jul 27, 2007)

Site Byte:

1. Annual Site Byte

As the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER program heads into its second round of funding (FCE II), the IMS team (Mike Rugge and Linda Powell) is in the process of completely redesigning the FCE website to reflect its new research phase and expects to launch the new website sometime this fall. The new website was designed to be more graphical and user-friendly and will hopefully capture the interest of the ‘general public’ in addition to facilitating LTER research. FCE program information is now organized with a series of tabs that give a ‘file folder’ look to the web page and once a tab is selected, the user will find several related subcategories. Many new features have been added to enhance a user’s visit to our website such as ‘What we do’, ‘About the Everglades’, and ‘Featured Movies’. If you’re interested in taking a look at the new website, please see my FCE website demo at the upcoming IM meeting in San Jose.

Although the IMS team has made many changes to the FCE website, two important sections have been preserved and enhanced: 1) FCE Projects and 2) FCE Sampling. Following the new organizational template, the ‘Projects’ section is organized specific projects and their related information using a series of tabs that give a ‘file folder’ look on the web page (http://fcelter.fiu.edu/research/projects/projects.htm?pid=14 ). For any given project, a user can easily find the abstract, research sites, personnel, sampling attributes, datasets and publications related to that specific project all on one web page. Additionally, projects can be searched by keyword, researcher or funding organization.

The ‘Sampling’ application (http://fcelter.fiu.edu/research/projects/sampling.htm) is extremely useful in information and project management. Users are able to search for sampling attributes by entering keywords or manually selecting an attribute of interest from a list. Once the selection has been made, a map with a series of tabs give the web user access to research site information, dataset listings and project information related to their sampling attribute selection. This feature greatly facilitates project management and site science as users are able to easily access related information from one portal. For example, researchers interested in porewater salinity can enter the sampling attribute in the keyword field and the results will return a map of the FCE research sites where porewater salinity is collected as well as tabular links to all datasets containing porewater salinity and projects responsible for the collection of that particular attribute.

This coming year, the IMS team will focus on building a web-based query interface for FCE physical and chemical data values. In conjunction with the query capabilities, a graphing application will be added so that FCE researchers can graph their query results in real-time. Allowing users to query, download, and graph data for specific sampling attributes across all FCE data files will be a welcomed addition to the FCE website.


2. Planned IM Projects

A. Finish FCE website redesign and launch by late Fall, 2007

B. Create synthetic physical and chemical data tables (and appropriate related tables) in the FCE Oracle DB.

C. Build a web-based query interface for FCE physical and chemical data values and add a web-based graphing application.

D. Create FCE ArcGIS data.