Modeling and Visualization Software for Ecological Planning and Restoration
Scientists and planners alike need to be able to model and communicate effectively the risks and rewards that certain actions have over others. This is especially true in large-scale multi-million dollar projects that have the potential to impact, in the near- and long-term, threatened and endangered species in the Florida Everglades, and the restoration of destroyed wetlands in coastal Louisiana. The Joint Ecosystem Modeling (JEM) community was formed in the late 2000s to develop and share tools that make modeling and visualization of spatiotemporal data easier and so that decision-makers can make more informed choices.
The Eclipse RCP and Equinox p2 projects are at the foundation of a suite of desktop applications developed by JEM, including the data visualization and manipulation tools “EverVIEW Data Viewer” and “NetCDF Slice & Dice”, as well as modeling software for various bird species indicators, alligator populations, and vegetation changes over time. This presentation will highlight recent cases where Eclipse RCP and Equinox p2 enabled the development and distribution of high-quality software products that were used in real-world planning and restoration projects.