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Measuring and Mapping the Topography of the Florida Everglades for Ecosystem Restoration

Fact Sheet 021-03

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Abstract

One of the major issues facing ecosystem restoration and management of the Greater Everglades is the availability and distribution of clean, fresh water. The South Florida ecosystem encompasses an area of approximately 28,000 square kilometers and supports a human population that exceeds 5 million and is continuing to grow. The natural systems of the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades watershed compete for water resources primarily with the region's human population and urbanization, and with the agricultural and tourism industries. Surface water flow modeling and ecological modeling studies are important means of providing scientific information needed for ecosystem restoration planning and modeling. Hydrologic and ecological models provide much-needed predictive capabilities for evaluating management options for parks, refuges, and land acquisition and for understanding the impacts of land management practices in surrounding areas. These models require various input data, including elevation data that very accurately define the topography of the Florida Everglades.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Measuring and Mapping the Topography of the Florida Everglades for Ecosystem Restoration
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
021-03
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2003
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
4 p.