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All Topics | Topic "New Aquatic Habitat Assessment Plugin"
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Dr. Marisa Escobar

Subject: New Aquatic Habitat Assessment Plugin   
Posted: 3/4/2020 Viewed: 6507 times
For the last few years we have developed a platform that allows users to model the effect of various management options on the availability of habitat and the viability of aquatic species.

This plugin, comprised of 64 variables located on the WEAP river reach object, provides a framework with which to evaluate aquatic habitat in a WEAP model. The plugin combines different sources of hydraulic, geomorphic, and biological data to generate a complete habitat assessment at ecologically relevant points and creek reaches for each time step of the model. The resulting estimation of key habitat metrics characterizes the ability of the river habitat to support the important biological functions of aquatic species like fish, and permits WEAP model users and builders to evaluate how operations or other watershed objectives connect to aquatic ecosystem health in a single dynamic platform.

To access the plugin, go to Advanced, Plugins on the WEAP Main Menu, then click the Download button to see the list of available plugins from the WEAP website. Take a look, use it and share feedback so we can continue to improve the way in which habitat considerations are included in water systems models.

For more information, see: https://www.sei.org/publications/new-tool-helps-water-managers-consider-ecosystem-needs/

Also, we will be advancing this work through our new initiative Water Beyond Boundaries: https://www.sei.org/projects-and-tools/projects/water-beyond-boundaries/ This initiative recognizes that policies that are environmentally sustainable and equitable require a better understanding of connections beyond the watershed, inclusive participatory approaches, and the water needs of ecosystems.

Marisa Escobar
Stockholm Environment Institute
Prof. Dominic Mazvimavi

Subject: Re: New Aquatic Habitat Assessment Plugin   
Posted: 3/17/2020 Viewed: 6433 times
Cannot access the plugins. Message is that I am not able to get to the weap FTP site
Mr. Jack Sieber

Subject: Re: New Aquatic Habitat Assessment Plugin   
Posted: 3/17/2020 Viewed: 6430 times
If WEAP is not able to connect to the ftp site to get the list of Plugins available for download, you can try to access the ftp site yourself:


Once you’ve downloaded a .WEAPPlugin file, double click to add it to the currently open WEAP area.


Topic "New Aquatic Habitat Assessment Plugin"