Funding Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
People: Jay P. Sah, Co-PI / Michael S. Ross, Co-PI / Daniel Gann, Co-PI / Danielle Ogurcak, Laboratory Technician / Allison Jirrout, Laboratory Technician / Paulo Olivas, Research Associate
Information is needed about all elements of South Florida tree islands in order to formulate meaningful tree island performance measures and to monitor how restoration efforts affect them. Most critical is information on structural and compositional responses of vegetation to hydrologic change that result in changes in aerial extent or relative proportion of forests on tree islands and the boundary between islands and marshes. Our current research addresses the relevant performance measures (1) Ridge and Slough Sustainability and (2) Total System Performance Measure (RECOVER 2011). The working hypothesis of the study is expressed as ‘the loss of elongated patterns of ridges, sloughs, and tree islands in the direction of water flow in the ridge and slough landscape of the Everglades is attributed to disrupted sheet flow and related changes in water depth’, identified in the hypothesis cluster of sub-section 188.8.131.52 of the 2009 CERP Monitoring and Assessment Plan (RECOVER 2009).
The specific objectives of the project are:
December 15, 2013