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Flow Velocity and Water Level Transects

Project Proposal for 1998

Project Title: Flow Velocity and Water Level Transects
Location of Study Area: Everglades National Park
Project Start Date: January 1997
Project End Date: December 1998
Project Number: 451262500
Project Chief: Marvin Franklin
Region/Division/Team/Section: USGS, WRD, Tallahassee, FL
Phone: (904) 942-9500 ex 3058
Fax: (904) 942-9521
Mailing Address: Suite 3015, 227 N. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Program Element(s)/Task(s) N/A
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Project Summary: The velocity and depth of water and the location of the measured data are important components of the modeling efforts of the SICS Hydrodynamic/Transport and Canal/Wetland Interactions projects. This project will furnish that data and make available additional data to supplement the Vegetative Effects on Water Movement and Effect of Wind on Surface-Water Flows projects.

Project Justification: The data from this project will provide calibration and verification information for the models that will increase their accuracy. The increased confidence in the models will allow better planning of future management options, provide tighter confidence limits, and increase the public acceptance of the output. I

Project Objectives: This data collection effort will use the newest state-of-the-art acoustic velocity and global positioning systems to obtain the location, velocity, and direction of flow of water moving through the National Park. Extremely low velocities (lmm/s) can be measured with this equipment.

The primary product of this effort will be data to be used by other parts of the overall study. Data bases of the processed data will be created for inclusion in the ongoing modeling efforts as well as possible use in future projects. The technology and procedure with sample results will be published in a fact sheet format near the end of the project.

Overall Strategy, Study Design, and Planned Major Products: N/A


Overall: The data collection effort will be accomplished in three phases, low, medium, and high water conditions. The exact timing will be determined by water levels and the needs of the two primary modeling projects. Continuous collection points will be established in Taylor Slough where depth and velocity observances will be recorded on a set time interval during each of the intensive data collection periods. Additional mobile measurement will be made at several locations along Transects for comparisons with the fixed points in Taylor Slough and serve as input points for the models. The low water data collection period will be in April, the medium water in August and the high water in July of each year. Data from each run will be available in the data base two months after collection. The responsibility for planning will rest on M. Franklin with backup provided by Paul Meadows. The scheduling of the data collection will be the responsibility of E. Swain. The Tallahassee office will provide most of the manpower needed for the actual data collection and processing. The data will be stored in the data base in the format of:

Location in Latitude and Longitude
Velocity in centimeter per second in the north. east and up directions
Depth of measurement from the surface
Depth of water at location

A fact sheet describing the procedure and any problems encounter will be printed in December of 1998.

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Planned Deliverables/Products: N/A

Planned Outreach Activities: N/A

Prior Accomplishments in Proposed Area of Work: N/A

New Directions, Expansion of Continuing Project (if applicable): N/A


Accomplishments and Outcomes, Including Outreach: N/A

Deliverables, Products Completed: N/A


Required Expertise: N/A

Names of Key Project Staff: N/A

Major Equipment/Facility Needs: N/A

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