Last updated: October 12, 2000

Everglades Digital 

Everglades Digital Library

Other Everglades Resources on the Internet

Part 1

Scientific Data
& Reference Collections

Air Resources Programs at Everglades National Park

The National Park Service's Air Resources Division offers data from the National Atmospheric Deposition program; data request forms; information on monitoring sites; and summary graphs of ozone Exposure. Access to documents from the Fine Particle Monitoring program appear to be under development.

Across Trophic Level System Simulation (ATLSS)

Coordinated by Donald DeAngelis of the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey (BRD), the ATLSS project is developing models for the trophic dynamics of the freshwater wetlands of the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp. A key objective of modeling studies for these systems is to compare the future effects of alternative hydrologic scenarios on the biotic components of the systems.

Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants

This online version of the Atlas, produced by the University of South Florida's Institute for Systematic Botany in cooperation with the U. S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wetlands Inventory and the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission Nongame Wildlife Program, covers the distribution of plants within the state of Florida. It provides a record of each taxon in each county for which a verified herbarium voucher specimen exists, or in a few instances, from authoritative literature sources. Plants may be searched by common or scientific name or ecosystem.

APIRS, the Aquatic and Wetland Plant Information Retrieval System (Center for Aquatic Plants, University of Florida)

Offers online books, reports, field guides, newletters, photographs, video clips, and many more resources about aquatic and wetland plants in Florida.

Audubon Society's Policy and Technical Documents

A growing collection of reports and other documents from the Everglades Conservation Office at the National Audubon Society.

Big Cypress Basin Regional Research Database Project

A growing collection of information, project descriptions, and project products maintained by Florida Gulf Coast University Library in cooperation with the South Florida Water Management District, Florida's Department of Environmental Monitoring, and NOAA.

Endangered Species Lists (from the US Fish and Wildlife Service)

Complete list of Endangered and Threatened Plants, as well as smaller lists by state or species.

Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia (NPS)

Produced by the National Park Service in February 1998.

Everglades Landscape Model (ELM)'s Home (University of Maryland)

Provides detailed information, results, publications, and examples from the ELM ecosystem modeling project.

Everglades Species Lists (from Everglades National Park)

Checklists of birds, mammals, reptiles & amphibians, as well as a special listing of threatened & endangered species of South Florida's National Parks

Everglades Nutrient Removal Project
A page of links and brief documents reprinted from various agencies sponsored by Florida Plants Online.
Everglades Reports and Brochures (Florida Department of Environmental Protection)

This collection, produced by DEP's Water Resource Management, Bureau of Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources, includes protocols, procedures and reports, such as the "Everglades Annual Report, "A Protocol For Collecting Surface Water Samples In Marshes Of The Florida Everglades Numeric Criterion For Class Iii-a Waters Of The Miccosukee Tribe's Federal Reservation In The Everglades".

Fieldguide to the Freshwater Snails of Florida

Prepared by Fred G. Thompson, Curator of Malacology, Florida Museum of Natural History, "This World Wide Web fieldguide is an on-line version of the long out-of-print (hardcopy) edition that appeared in 1984 under the title: The Freshwater Snails of Florida, A Manual for Identification. University Presses of Florida. A revised edition is being prepared and will be on the WWW in the future. "

Florida Bay and Adjacent Marine Systems Science Program

Program Management Committee (PMC) represents state and federal agencies involved in Florida Bay research and restoration. Their homepage, which provides links to participating agencies, Florida Bay activities, and more.

Florida Bay/Everglades Projects, NOAA/AOML

The Atlantic Ocean Marine Lab of NOAA conducts numerous research projects identify natural and anthropogenic changes recorded in the local sediment record; meteorological events critically affecting the ecosystems of South Florida; rainfall prediction studies; and coastal marine/oceanographic studies relating to Florida Bay. Available from this site are select images, data, and reports from these programs.

Florida Bay/Everglades Project, Ocean Chemistry Division, NOAA /AOML

This research group is studying the biological, chemical, and geological responses of the Everglades ecosystem to changes in freshwater runoff into the lower Everglades/Florida Bay ecosystem, from the turn of the century to the present.

Florida Coastal Everglades LTER site, Florida International University

The aim of this Long Term Ecological Research program is "to quantify ecological responses to interannual variability and disturbances which affect other coastal LTER and LMER sites while also studying the effects of a major perturbation (Everglades restoration)."

Florida Data Directory

Produced by Florida's Geographic Information Board, this directory identifies and describes spatial and other data sets, reports, documents and other resources within the state of Florida.

Florida's Endangered Species, Threatened Species And Species Of Special Concern

Official Lists from the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commision

Digital Rainfall Imagery

This site has been developed to provide data that can be used in estimating the freshwater input to the south Florida system via precipitation. This is currently being performed through analysis of High-Resolution Digital Precipitation (HDP) Data obtained through processing from local WSR-88D NEXRAD sites. The precipitation data are hourly totals that are estimated from radar reflectivity measurements made every 5-6 minutes and are accumulated over the preceeding hour. The site is produced by the Department of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at University of Miami's Rosenthiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Florida's Endangered Species, Threatened Species And Species Of Special Concern

Official Lists produced by the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commision

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council

Offers list of Florida's most invasive species; an exotic plant control guide; and numerous other publications and information resources relating to non-indigenous pest plants in Florida.

Florida Natural Areas Inventory

This database, developed through the cooperative efforts of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the Nature Conservancy, provides a centralized repository of distribution data for plants, vertebrates, invertebrates and natural communities in Florida.

Florida Museum of Natural History

The Museum offers searchable collection databases on ichtyology, vertebrate and invertebrate paelontolog; and malacology.

Florida Plant Collecting: Regulations and Permitting

The University of Florida Herbarium maintains this hyperlinked list of rules and regulations concerning the collection of plants in Florida for scientific, commercial or personal purposes.

The Florida Wetlands Delineation Manual

Produced by Florida's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) District and Water Management District Offices, this 198-page manual is a discussion of the Wetland Delineation Methodology followed by examples of the practicalapplication of the Methodology at nineteen reference sites throughout the state. The manual is available on the Internet in Adobe PDF format for downloading (by chapters).

Florida Endangered Species

FPL has developed this catalog with photos and text descriptions for species such as the alligator, crocodile, bald eagle, manatee, panther, and more.

Florida's Statewide Ground Water Quality Monitoring Network

Water quality data and data reports are available for downloading from this site.

Geological Data Archive, Florida Geological Survey

Online offerings include County Geologic Maps; A database of over 4,000 lithologic descriptions; the University of Florida/FGS Vertebrate Paleontology Collection; and several online versions of earlier FGS publications.

Guide to Florida Environmental Issues and Information, Florida Conservation Foundation

The 1993 edition of this valuable reference text, available in its entirety here on this site courtesy of the Florida Center for Community Design + Research, University of South Florida, covers the preservation of Florida's ecosystems and species; the management of its natural resources; and also includes sections on environmental eduation and a directorie of related agencies.

Marine and Hydrological Monitoring Station Network Information (Army Corps.)

According to their own information file,
"MONPTS is an ARC/INFO GIS points coverage of hydrological monitoring stations in and near Everglades National Park. The coverage includes monitoring stations maintained by the NPS, NBS, USGS, SFWMD and a private consulting firm. The database has not yet been finalized, and will be updated and amended as additional information becomes available."

Medicinal Uses of Native Plants of South Florida

A reference list of Florida native plants and their medicinal uses, with informatoin on medicineal uses, preparations, and locations. This resources is provided through the Native Plants of South Florida Web Page, also described below.

GIS Data Layers (Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission)

List of available data layers from the Office of Environmental Services, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. The list includes habitat/nesting data for such species as the Florida panther, Blad eagle, Snail kite, Black bear, and numerous other wildlife species.

Multi-Species Recovery Plan for the Threatened and Endangered Species of South Florida.

The Draft Multi-Species Recovery Plan "represents the first of two volumes necessary to plan for the recovery and restoration of the listed species and their habitats in South Florida. It has been prepared by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in keeping with federal responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The online version of the complete document is available from this page in sections as separate PDF files.

National Gap Analysis Program

This program of the USGS Biological Resources Division offers databases and maps of Florida land cover and wildlife distribution.

National Parks Species Lists

This searchable database covers flora and fauna of the National Parks.

Nonindigenous Aquatic and Selected Terrestrial Species of Florida

This book, available in its entirety from IFAS's Center for Aquatic Plants, was prepared by scientists at the (former) National Biological Service in March 1996.

Restoration Recommendations, (Nova Southeastern Univ. Oceanographic Center)

Students in the "Coastal Water Resource Impacts" class prepared this series of recommendations for restoring the various subregions of the South Florida ecosystem. Coverage spans the Kissimmee River and the Everglades Agricultural Area to Big Cypress-Everglades National Park, southward to Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys.

SOFIA (South Florida Information Access)

Produced by the South Florida Ecosystem Program -- a part of the USGS Ecosystem Program -- this site offers information on USGS projects in the greater Everglades region, including Florida Bay. Project information is available by title, investigator, or by region. The Publications page contains Open File Reports, Fact Sheets, and other publications for USGS projects in South Florida.

South Florida Ecosystem History Project

To determine the variation in the South Florida ecosystem through time, scientists must study modern and core samples from the Everglades, Florida Bay, and Biscayne Bay. The species types and abundance of animals preserved at depth within the core provide clues to biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of the South Florida ecosystem. Typically, only animals, not plants, are preserved in the sediment cores. To determine what conditions these animals lived under, scientists study the plants and water quality in which these same animals live in today.

South Florida Ecosystem Monitoring Integration Inventory Project

According to this site, "The South Florida Ecosystem Monitoring Integration database effort is led by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Marine Research Institute (FDEP/FMRI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Strategic Environmental Assessments Division (NOAA/SEA). The database contains project level metadata (data about data) for over 240 federal, state, regional, local and private environmental monitoring projects operating in the South Florida marine ecosystem. The system does not contain actual data or document modeling or short-term research projects."

South Florida Seagrass Ecosystems Home Page

This page, created by Dr. James Fourqurean at Florida International University, covers the ecology of seagrasses and information about seagrass research, including ecosystem monitoring in south Florida.

South Florida Atmospheric Mercury Monitoring Study

According to this Web site developed by the Air Quality Laboratory at the University of Michigan, "the 1995 South Florida Atmospheric Mercury Monitoring Study (SoFAMMS) was carried out to investigate the potential influence of local mercury sources in the developed Southeast Florida Coast, on the atmospheric deposition of mercury to the Everglades".

SERP Water Quality Monitoring Network

The purpose of the Southeast Environmental Research Program (SERP)'s Water Quality Monitoring Network is to "address regional water quality concerns that exist outside the boundaries of individual political entities." Sampling areas include Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay & Whitewater Bay, and Ten Thousand Islands Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Southwest and the Southwest Florida Shelf, with the resulting data compiled into summary maps on a quarterly basis.

South Florida Restoration Electronic Library

Tides and Inflows in the Mangroves of the Everglades (TIME)

Type Specimen Catalog, University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)

A searchable catalog of the vascular plant collection maintained by the Herbarium. Complete catalog records provide genus and species name, reference, collector name and number, collection date, locality, and notes.

South Florida Atmospheric Mercury Monitoring Study

According to this Web site developed by the Air Quality Laboratory at the University of Michigan, "the 1995 South Florida Atmospheric Mercury Monitoring Study (SoFAMMS) was carried out to investigate the potential influence of local mercury sources in the developed Southeast Florida Coast, on the atmospheric deposition of mercury to the Everglades".

National Wetlands Inventory (NWI), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This service offers the National Wetlands Inventory has many products that may be down loaded from their internet site, including map data, software, plant lists, and more.

UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center

According to this site,"The mission of EREC is to conduct research and educational programs that will improve agricultural practices, conserve and protect soil and water resources, and develop cost effective and energy efficient systems that will permit the continued existence of agriculture in southern Florida." This site provides brief information about their programs and accomplishments, a searchable staff directory.

National Wildlife Service

National Wildlife Refuge System Internet Information Center offers information about resource management, endangered species and other wildlife, and links to many other natural resources sites on the Internet.

Versatility of Wetlands in the Agricultural Landscape (Conference information and abstracts of papers)

This conference from Fall 1995, jointly sponsored by the American Water Resources Association and the Society for Engineering in Agricultural, Food and Biological Systems, covered a number of Everglades-related topics, such as the "Everglades Nutrient Removal Project" and others.

The Virtual Herbarium (Fairchild Tropical Garden)

"The Virtual Herbarium is a text and photographic database of every specimen in the Fairchild Tropical Garden Herbarium. It contains (or will contain) photos of every specimen and every label on every specimen as well as photos of living plants of every species when available." It is developed by Dr. G.F. Guala, Keeper of FTG's Herbarium.

Water resources data for the Everglades (via USGS)

From this Web site, the USGS offers both real-time and historical data on surface water, ground water, and regional ground-water information

Wetlands Research Program (WRP), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

This site is planning to offer collections of technical reports, bulletins, and other documents published through the WRP program.

Water Management Glossary

From the Southwest Florida Water Management District, this glossary covers terms and phrases in common use by District staff and administrators. This 198-page manual is a discussion of the Wetland Delineation Methodology followed by examples of the practicalapplication of the Methodology at nineteen reference sites throughout the state. The manual is available on the Internet in Adobe PDF format for downloading (by chapters).

Other Everglades Links on the Internet

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