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Sediment Elevation and Accumulation in Response to Hydrology, Vegetation and Disturbance in the southwest Coastal Everglades
Over the past 15 years, the U.S. Geological Survey, Southeast Ecological Science Center, has developed a network of sediment elevation monitoring sites in the southwest coastal portions of Everglades National Park (ENP). Sediment elevation change is monitored by the use of a Surface Elevation Table or SET. Another factor that influences coastal wetlands is disturbance. This may be in the form of storm surges and wind damage from tropical cyclones, and fire and freeze events. A storm surge may have positive benefits by depositing sediments, thus raising elevation, or it could cause erosion of the sediments, thus lowering elevation. Hurricane winds, however, may destroy large tracks of the mangrove forest, which do not necessarily recover. Thus, long-term monitoring of wetland elevation and vegetation dynamics is necessary to gauge restoration success in the coastal Everglades.
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