John Wesley Powell Center Working Group on mercury cycling, bioaccumulation, and risk across North America [Website]
Product Type:Web Application
Author(s):Turnquist, M. and C. Eagles-Smith
Suggested Citation:Turnquist, M. and C. Eagles-Smith. 2012. John Wesley Powell Center Working Group on mercury cycling, bioaccumulation, and risk across North America [Website]. Fort Collins, CO: USGS Fort Collins Science Center. 1 p.
The Western North America Mercury Synthesis is a collaborative effort by Biodiversity Research Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey to examine mercury in the western landscape of North America in order to predict (1) the cycling of mercury through the landscape under specific and changing climatic conditions, (2) the bioaccumulation of mercury within habitat-specific and regional food webs, and (3) spatiotemporal patterns in mercury risks to key indicator species. The data collection and compilation will allow for spatial and temporal analysis of mercury, which is a component of the much larger MercNet data synthesis effort.
Through our efforts with the USGS Powell Center, we will utilize this web space to collect metadata and mercury data from distinct data sets across Western North America.
MercNet is a web form that uses Drupal as a UI combined with a database for storage. This application replaced and extensive Microsoft Word form with a substantial web form. Because there were too many elements to easily store in a content type, and there is some discussion about where this data would eventually end up, so we were able to use the Drupal form API to construct the form, wrap it in Jquery UI, and the use the database abstraction layer to save it to the database, linked to a single piece of Drupal content that we can use to pull views, run reports, etc.