Vegetation Trends in Indicator Regions of Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park (ENP) is a floristically diverse ecosystem, having upland to wetland and freshwater to marine habitats, as well as both tropical and temperate floristic elements. Our understanding of the vegetation comes from field monitoring of plots and from vegetation mapping. These two approaches are complementary, providing different types of data (species vs. community level information) at different scales (typically transect or plot-level information on species presence and abundance vs. spatial distribution of communities over larger areas). This project aimed at (1) reviewing and evaluating the usefulness of extant vegetation data for current or future trend monitoring in ENP, and (2) developing a multi-scale vegetation and vegetation change detection method using remotely-sensed data.