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Refuge Modeling Development and Application - Status Report: June 2009

Prepared by Dr. Mike Waldon


In cooperation with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is developing and applying a suite of hydrology and water quality models. The models are formulated with varying levels of spatial resolution. The water quality model with the least spatial resolution has three concentric marsh cells and a single canal cell; the highest spatial resolution model represents the marsh as 3,494 active computational cells. These models improve our quantitative understanding of mechanisms affecting timing and levels of water depth, and water quality throughout the Refuge canal and marsh. Each model has specific advantages and limitations. Professional judgment is essential in using any model. Version 1 of our simplest model was freely available for download in June 2007, and versions of all models are currently available upon request.

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