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Tools

Tools include methods and software/web tools that can help improve coastal-marine spatial planning and management decision making.

  • AGNPS- Annualized Agriculture Non-Point Source Pollution Model

    AGricultural Non-Point Source Pollution Model (AGNPS) is a joint USDA - Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and - Natural Resources Conservation Service system of computer models developed to predict non point source pollutant loadings within agricultural watersheds.

    Tool Type:
    Comprehensive Process
    Tool Cost:
    Free

  • AGWA - Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment Tool

    The Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment (AGWA) Tool is a GIS-based watershed management tool that parameterizes and runs two watershed models, KINEROS2 and SWAT. AGWA is designed to provide qualitative estimates of runoff and erosion relative to landscape change.

    Tool Type:
    Software/Web Tool
    Tool Cost:
    Free

  • ALCES

    ALCES is a landscape simulator. It was developed as a strategic-level simulation tool intended for use by resource managers, the scientific community, industrial landusers, and the general public.

    Tool Type:
    Software/Web Tool
    Tool Cost:
    >$500

  • AmericaSpeaks- 21st Century Town Meeting

    AmericaSpeaks provides citizens with a greater voice in planning and policy-making by integrating keypad polling and groupware computers with authentic public deliberation. AmericaSpeaks has managed public engagement programs across the country and around the world, including the redevelopment of Ground Zero after 9/11, the creation of Washington, D.C.'s budget priorities, and regional planning processes in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Perth, Australia.

    Tool Type:
    Comprehensive Process
    Tool Cost:
    Varies with application

  • AQUALAND: The Massachusetts Aquatic Landscape Characterization Tool

    AQUALAND analyzes the contribution of upstream aquatic and terrestrial systems to aquatic habitats. It is a grid-based watershed model. The software has two main components, the Watershed Delineator Tool and the Threats Assessment Tool.

    Tool Type:
    Software/Web Tool
    Tool Cost:
    Free

  • AQUATOX

    AQUATOX is a mechanistic simulation model for aquatic systems. AQUATOX predicts the fate of various pollutants, such as nutrients and organic chemicals, and their effects on the ecosystem, including fish, invertebrates, and aquatic plants.

    Tool Type:
    Software/Web Tool
    Tool Cost:
    Free

  • ArcNLET

    Estimating groundwater nitrate fate and transport is an important task in water resources and environmental management because excess nitrate loads may have negative impacts on human and environmental health.

    Tool Type:
    Software/Web Tool
    Tool Cost:
    Free
    Keyword(s):
    nitrate load estimation tool

  • ArcSWAT

    The ArcSWAT is a ArcGIS-ArcView extension and a graphical user input interface for the SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) model. SWAT is a river basin, or watershed, scale model developed to predict the impact of land management practices on water, sediment, and agricultural chemical yields in large, complex watersheds with varying soils, land use, and management conditions over long periods of time.

    Tool Type:
    Software/Web Tool
    Tool Cost:

  • ARIES - ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services

    ARIES is a web-based technology offered to users worldwide to assist rapid ecosystem service assessment and valuation (ESAV). Its purpose is to make environmental decisions easier and more effective.

    Tool Type:
    Software/Web Tool
    Tool Cost:
    Free

  • ASSETS

    ASSETS is a screening model that can be used as an integrated approach for eutrophication assessment. This model provides an overall classification of the eutrophication status of the system into five classes: High (best), Good, Moderate, Poor and Bad (worst).

    Tool Type:
    Software/Web Tool
    Tool Cost:
    Free
    Keyword(s):
    chlorophyll a,
    dissolved oxygen,
    eutrophication,
    macroalgae,
    nuisance/toxic blooms,
    nutrients,
    seagrasses

  • Atlantis

    Atlantis is an ecosystem box-model intended for use in management strategy evaluation. The overall structure of Atlantis is based around having multiple alternative submodels to represent each step in the management strategy and adaptive management cycles.

    Tool Type:
    Software/Web Tool
    Tool Cost:
    Free

  • ATLSS- Across Trophic Level Simulation System

    The ATLSS (Across Trophic Level System Simulation) hierarchy of models is designed to utilize varying levels of detail and data availability to assess the relative impact of alternative hydrological plans on the biotic components of South Florida.

    Tool Type:
    Software/Web Tool
    Tool Cost: