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Hydrologic Variation and Ecological Processes in the Mangrove Forests of South Florida: Response to Restoration
|This project aims to derive relationships between hydrologic conditions and mangrove ecosystem function.
The focus of this research is (1) quantifying groundwater and and surface-water flow dynamics within the coastal mangrove zone and within the adjacent freshwater marsh, (2) defining the response of fluid flow characteristics to changes in weather and water management practices, and (3) deriving relationships between hydrologic conditions and vegetation indices of the mangrove-marsh ecotone.
A two-dimensional finite-difference model has been constructed that accurately predicts the temporal variability in water levels in the central portion of Shark River Slough. The domain of this model is being extended to include the coastal mangrove zone, and the model is being modified to account for complications associated with the mixing of fresh and saline waters.