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Determining Target Salinity Values for Restoration of the Estuaries of the Greater Everglades
The primary objective of this project is to provide information to CERP managers (specifically the Southern Coastal Systems (SCS) Sub-team of the Regional Evaluation Team of RECOVER) that can be used to establish target salinity values and performance measures for the estuaries and coastal ecosystems, and to estimate the freshwater stage and flow in the wetlands required to produce the historical salinity patterns. This work builds upon previous work in Florida Bay and Biscayne Bay, and information derived from the Ecosystem History Synthesis Project (completed 2007).
There are three areas of focus for this task.
These efforts, when combined with our 'Sea Level Rise and Climate: Impacts on the Greater Everglades Ecosystem and Restoration' Project, will ultimately lead to the ability to forecast future changes and develop salinity targets for estuaries for the CERP 2030/2050 Plans that incorporate natural hydrologic relationships and sea level rise, and take into account future altered conditions under various IPCC scenarios. These data can be used to help select minimum flows and levels for the wetlands. The estuaries of South Florida are not only a 'living laboratory of change' but they provide the record of past changes that allow us to forecast the direction of future change.
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