5th UF Water Institute Symposium Abstract

Submitter's Name Steve Leitman
Session Name Planning and Governance
Author(s) Steve Leitman,  University of Kwa Zulu Natal (Presenting Author)
  Greg Kiker,  University of Florida
  Selecting Performance Metrics to Evaluate Output from a Watershed Model of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint watershed
  Although considerable effort has been put forth to develop models to simulate the behavior of natural systems, not enough effort is being put forth to develop methods of translating model output into relevant factors relating to the management, sustainability and resilience of ecosystems. This lecture will focus on both how surface water, ground water and estuarine models are currently being used in the decision-making process in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) watershed and how the use of these models can be improved. Specifically, the lecture will focus on metrics the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used to select an alternative for managing the federal storage reservoirs in the watershed, the strengths and weaknesses of the metrics the Corps used with a special focus on whether the metrics selected truly represent the major management issues in the basin and then recommend alternative metrics which could have been used better represent public and agency concerns in the watershed.