Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has unveiled a new interactive, web-based map app that shows the large number of science projects taking place within its boundaries. Dots on the map reference more than 570 study sites for research and monitoring programs that have been, or are currently being conducted by visiting scientists and reserve staff. Check it out at this link: http://www.rookerybay.org/learn/research/mapping/interactive-map
Search criteria on the app include project type (staff or visiting scientist), research and monitoring categories ranging from bats to weather, as well as the project status. When a point is clicked a pop-up window explains the goals of the project, names the principal investigator and their affiliation, and shows photos if available. Dots also represent the public access sites including boat launches, walking trails and paddle trail.
This interactive tool will provide students, the general public, decision-makers and other professionals a greater understanding of the importance of research and monitoring in the Reserve. It also invites the research community to peruse past and current projects, enabling them to select study sites in the reserve based on the availability of baseline data that possibly complements their own work or even builds off previous projects.
Future phases of this app will include resource management activities such as restoration efforts and cultural resources. When complete this app should provide a comprehensive and visual view of what it takes to manage and protect 110,000 acres of coastal resources that are vital to local communities in southwest Florida.
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve manages coastal habitat between Naples and Everglades National Park on the Gulf coast of Florida.
It is managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Office in cooperation with NOAA. For more information visit www.rookerybay.org