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Ecosystem history of southern and central Biscayne Bay: summary report on sediment core analyses - year two

Open-File Report 2004-1312

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Abstract

The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) lists restoration of the timing, quantity, and quality of the natural flow of freshwater as one its primary goals. Before restoration can occur, however, the baseline conditions of the environment prior to significant human alteration must be established and the range of variation within the natural system must be determined. In addition, the response of the system to human alterations during the 20th century should be evaluated. Resource managers can use this information to establish targets and performance measures for restoration and to predict the system's response to changes invoked by restoration.


The objectives of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Ecosystem History of Biscayne Bay research project are to examine historical changes in the Biscayne Bay ecosystem at selected sites on a decadal-centennial scale and to correlate these changes with natural events and anthropogenic alterations in the South Florida region. Specific emphasis is being placed on historical changes to (1) amount, timing, and sources of freshwater influx and the resulting effects on salinity and water quality; (2) shoreline and sub-aquatic vegetation; and (3) the relationship between sea-level change, onshore vegetation, and salinity.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Ecosystem history of southern and central Biscayne Bay: summary report on sediment core analyses - year two
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2004-1312
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2004
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Description:
117 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Florida
Other Geospatial:
Biscayne Bay