• Refine the relationships between abiotic processes (e.g., hydroperiod, flow, fire) and biotic responses (e.g., tree island maintenance and composition)

  • Evaluate the impacts of public land use on threatened and endangered species

Water Quality:

  • Evaluate treatment technologies for improvement of water quality in the Everglades

  • Determine the effects of flow on phosphorous uptake to evaluate water-treatment techniques

  • Define the relationship between biological indicators and water quality at Everglades reference sites

  • Develop nutrient-loading models for Florida and Biscayne bays

  • Develop best management practices for agricultural areas near restored Everglades habitats

  • Assess potential ecotoxicological impacts of operation of critical CERP projects

Science Information:

  • Develop and maintain a database of historical and current biological and physical data with agency and public access

  • Organize existing ecological data (habitat and population data) for South Florida into Geographic Information Systems for analysis of hydrological scenarios

  • Create a system among key agencies to facilitate transfer of South Florida restoration science data for CERP implementation

  • Develop and implement methodologies and decision support tools that will permit effective and timely assessment of CERP projects on DOI natural resources

Social Science:

  • Evaluate the economic and social effects of the Everglades restoration

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