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Flow Effects on Greater Everglades Ecosystems
This project's overall objective is to conduct the needed field experiments to quantify the relative importance of hydrological, biogeochemical, and ecological processes to help determine the most effective means of preserving and restoring topographic heterogeneity and biotic diversity of the Everglades Ridge and Slough Landscape.
A growing concern is that augmenting Everglades sheet flow to benefit the hydrology of certain downstream areas could have unintended consequences to other areas, such as transporting surface-water contaminants farther into the central and southern parts of the Everglades ecosystem than ever before. Therefore, an important specific objective is to determine how far downstream suspended sediments and associated nutrients will be transported as a result of reconnected hydrology and higher sheetflow velocities.
Additional scientific questions that must be answered to support DECOMP include:
It will be necessary to answer all of the above questions to determine the most critical hydrological and biological factors that sustain the topographic heterogeneity of ridge and sloughs, and to effectively plan and manage the changes brought about by DECOMP. The results from these scientific investigations are also needed in order to anticipate possible unintended side-effects of restoration activities that may accompany the positive effects of restoration.
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Scientific Investigations Reports