An EMT is an integrated data, analysis software, and communication tool for managing an ecosystem.

Overview

Efforts towards achieving the goal of enacting effective and widely supported ecosystem management policy may be aided if there were a publically--accessible EMT, i.e., a system that would be able to use all relevant data to assess both current ecosystem health and the effect of proposed ecosystem management policies. Currently, the most convenient means of making information and management systems available to the widest spectrum of stakeholders is through the World Wide Web.

Example

To illustrate such a tool, this web site implements an EMT for the management of rhinos hosted in protected reserves and on private ranches in South Africa.

The site's resources

An analysis system written in JAVA performs the needed statistical estimation and assessment of different management policies. News stories are scraped from the web with other software systems. Abundance estimates can be computed from images the user provides.