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Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conference - 2006

"Planning, Policy and Science"

Held June 5-9, 2006
Buena Vista Palace
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Sustainable restoration of the Greater Everglades requires effective integration of Planning, Policy and Science. The purpose of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) Conference is to provide a forum for restoration practitioners – decision makers, engineers, planners, resource managers, scientists – to share their knowledge and challenges concerning restoration of this national treasure – the Greater Everglades. So, what is this vast and wonderful system we call the Greater Everglades? The Greater Everglades is an interlinked complex of natural and human ecosystems from the Kissimmee River at the top through Lake Okeechobee, the Loxahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries to the east and the Caloosahatchee Estuary to the west, southward to the Everglades and Florida Bay with the Keys at the bottom; and, from Biscayne Bay and other coastal systems on the east to Big Cypress, Ten Thousand Islands and other coastal systems on the west.

Topics covered included:

Restoration Planning and Policy:

  • Setting objectives and defining success
  • Innovative cost-benefit analysis
  • Including stakeholders
  • Sustaining the initiative
  • Integrating "risk and uncertainty" into planning and implementation
  • Integrating adaptive management into project planning and implementation
  • Enhancing communication between planning, policy, science and stakeholders

Hydrology & Hydrologic Modeling:

  • Hydrology of the pre-drainage Everglades
  • Integrating hydrology of the managed system with the needs of the natural system
  • Integrating 'flow' into "getting the water right" - 'flow' as a component driving depth, duration, timing and distribution
  • Advances in implementing hydrologic models - emerging new challenges
Photo of Biscayne Bay

Ecology & Ecological Modeling:

  • Using and improving planning and evaluation ecological models
  • Moving towards the 'new front' for ecological models - assessment models Integrating experimental, monitoring and modeling for adaptive management
  • New directions in ridge and slough landscapes
  • Improving the use of ecosystem history to guide the targets for restoration
  • Using interim goals and performance measures to set the target for successful ecosystem restoration
  • Understanding the integration of fire, hydrology and cyclical climatic patterns on landscape dynamics
  • Integrating biogeochemical (nutrients, contaminants, EPOC) dynamics into sustainable restoration

Compatibility with the Human Landscape:

  • Land use, economics and demographic trends
  • Planning and community involvement; consensus building
  • Ecosystem valuation modeling to integrate natural systems into community wealth

EDEN personnel in front of boothInformation Systems:

  • Challenge of data accessibility and usability; data storage, management and archiving;
    real-time data access; data visualization; metadata
  • WEB access and retrieval; digital libraries
  • Decision support systems; Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN)
  • Hierarchical approaches to information transfer in support of ecosystem restoration

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