Creating DST using EBM

Source: Emporia State University

A DST is an informative tool aimed at aiding in the creation of EBM strategies for freshwater inflows which integrates historic and current information, uses the cooperation of multiple agencies, provides studies used to determine freshwater requirements in estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico, considers policy and public outreach, and is a plan of how to implement the strategy.

The purpose of this project was to integrate data previously collected along the Texas Coast (see below tables) and use the information to create a web-based DST for the management of freshwater inflow to estuaries. The sources of previously collected data are listed in the table below.

Existing long-term observation data networks for the Texas coast. A) Agencies and observing networks, and B) data available.

A. Identity Source
HRI Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC)
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
TCOON Texas Coastal Ocean Observing Network, TAMUCC
TCEQ Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
TGLO Texas General Land Office
TNRIS Texas Natural Resource Inventory
TPWD Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
TWDB Texas Water Development Board
USEPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
USGS U.S. Geological Survey



B. Category Data Sources
Hydrology Rain, runoff, gauged,  returns, evaporation, diversions TWDB, USGS
Water Quality Salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, chlorophyll HRI, TCEQ, TPWD, USEPA
Habitats Area, geo-referenced locations TGLO, NOAA, USGS
Watersheds Locations, water quality TCEQ, USEPA
Remote Sensing Satellite imagery NASA, NOAA
Biological Fish, epifauna, infauna, juveniles, oysters HRI, TPWD
Socioeconomic Population, land use, economic HRI, NOAA, TNRIS