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Watershed Health Assessment Tools Investigating FisheriesEntry ID: EPA_WHATIF
Abstract: The Watershed Health Assessment Tools Investigating Fisheries (WHATIF) is software that integrates a number of calculators, tools, and models for assessing the health of watersheds and streams with an emphasis on fish communities in the Mid-Atlantic Highland region. The tool set consists of hydrologic and stream geometry calculators, a fish assemblage predictor, a fish habitat suitability ... calculator, macro-invertebrate biodiversity calculators, and a process-based model to predict biomass dynamics of stream biota (the BASS model). The tools can be used to assess conditions and associated stressors in aquatic ecosystems, to examine causes of impairment, and to forecast ecological outcomes of habitat alterations and fisheries management actions. WHATIF also supports screening analysis, such as prioritization of areas for restoration and comparison of alternative watershed and habitat management scenarios. The toolkit was developed for the Mid-Atlantic Highlands region of the United States in order to support Canaan Valley Institute.
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Distribution Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: ceam at epamail.epa.gov
Ecosystems Research Division Center for Exposure Assessment Modeling (CEAM) 960 College Station Road U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Province or State: Georgia
Postal Code: 30605-2700
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
5700 Rivertech Court
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20737
Rashleigh B, C. Barber, M. Cyterski, J. Johnston, Y. Mohamoud and R. Parmar. 2006. Watershed Health Assessment Tools-Investigating Fisheries (WHAT-IF): A modeling toolkit for watershed and fisheries management. (PDF) (5pp,80K,About PDF) In: Voinov, A., Jakeman, A.J., Rizzoli, A.E. (eds). Proceedings of the iEMSs Third Biennial Meeting: "Summit on Environmental Modelling and Software". ... International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Burlington, USA.
Cyterski and C. Barber. 2006. Identification and Prediction of Fish Assemblages in Streams of the Mid-Atlantic Highlands, USA. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135:40-48.
Johnston, J.M. et al. 2006. Watershed Health Assessment Tools Investigating Fisheries WHAT IF version 2.0: A Manager's Guide to New Features. EPA/600/R-06/109. (PDF) (94pp,2.8MB,About PDF)
Mohamoud Y. and R. Parmar. 2006. Estimating Streamflow and Associated Hydraulic Geometry, the Mid-Atlantic Region, USA. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 42:755-768.
Rashleigh, B., R. Parmar, J. M. Johnston, and M.C. Barber. 2005. Predictive habitat models for the occurrence of stream fishes in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 25:1353-1366.
Rashleigh, B., M.C. Barber, M.J. Cyterski, J.M. Johnston, R. Parmar, and Y. Mohamoud. 2004. Population models for stream fish response to habitat and hydrologic alteration: the CVI Watershed Tool. EPA/600/R-04/190 (PDF), (102pp,7.0MB,About PDF) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Athens, Georgia.
Barber, M.C. 2003. A Review and Comparison of Models for Predicting Dynamic Chemical Bioconcentration in Fish. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 22(9):1963-1992.
Barber, M.C. 2001. Bioaccumulation and Aquatic System Simulator (BASS) User's Manual Beta Test Version 2.1. EPA/600/R-01/035 (PDF) (155pp,4.8MB,About PDF) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Athens, GA.
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