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Effect of Water Flow on Transport of Solutes, Suspended Particles, and Particle-Associated Nutrients in the Everglades Ridge and Slough Landscape
This research links landscape ecology with water flow and with water quality. The focus is quantification of chemical (particularly nutrient) transport and removal processes in the freshwater Everglades. Novel measurements and experiments are proposed that will allow fine-particle and nutrient transport to be quantified in the ridge and slough ecosystems of the Everglades.
Quantification of these processes is essential to predicting water quality and phosphorus transport resulting from flow increases and flow-barrier removals associated with the restoration. This work will also increase our understanding of processes maintaining ridge and slough ecosystems, as well as processes affecting nutrient delivery to Florida Bay.
This research is fundamental to Everglades water-quality models (which currently have insufficient data on suspended sediment concentrations and process rates) and for modeling improved phosphorus removal technologies.
The objectives of the research are to answer the following questions:
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