San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) | September 14th, 2016
The term “EcoAtlas” has been in use for over 20 years in association with the study, assessment, and reporting of aquatic resources in California. What began as “W
The term “EcoAtlas” has been in use for over 20 years in association with the study, assessment, and reporting of aquatic resources in California. What began as “Wetland Tracker” in 2000, with its goal of recording essential information about wetland restoration projects in the greater Bay Area, later blossomed into a broad technological ecosystem of interrelated tools, each focused on delivering specialized, program-focused features, as defined by key stakeholder groups. Having evolved over time, EcoAtlas comprises a diverse toolset, but the collection shares common libraries, common approaches, and common development methodologies. Though each emerged from different funding opportunities and requirement drivers, the toolset collectively addresses a synthesized “whole watershed approach.” Whether estimating the ideal riparian buffer width for a given stream or assessing the health of a wetland at the edge of the estuary, the EcoAtlas tools allow practitioners to deploy the right tool for the job across the entire watershed, thereby producing a complete picture through composite outputs.