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Dynamics of Land Margin Ecosystems: Historical Change, Hydrology, Vegetation, Sediment, and Climate

photo of a channel through mangroves
Project Investigator: Thomas J. Smith III

Project Personnel: Gordon Anderson, Ginger Tiling-Range, Karen Balentine

Project Start Date: 2002 End Date: 2013


Summary

The objectives of the project are to operate and maintain the Mangrove Hydrology sampling network, measure rates of mangrove forest growth and production in relation to hydrologic parameters, and measure rates of sediment surface elevation change and soil accretion or loss in coastal mangrove forests and brackish marshes of the Everglades.

Long-term sampling of hydrology, vegetation and soils in the coastal wetlands of the Everglades has been recognized as a priority by CERP and in the DOI and USGS science plans. This project addresses all of those needs by maintaining an integrated network of sampling stations located on key rivers of the lower Everglades. Mangrove and marsh vegetation is sampled regularly in permanent plots located adjacent to surface- and ground-water sampling wells and sediment surface elevation tables. The data are available for use in all CERP modeling efforts, development of performance measures and tracking impacts of restoration as it occurs.

This project has three objectives (tasks): 1) operate and maintain the Mangrove Hydrology sampling network; 2) measure rates of mangrove forest growth and production in relation to hydrologic parameters; and, 3) measure rates of sediment surface elevation change and soil accretion or loss in coastal mangrove forests and brackish marshes of the Everglades.

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