The Life of P: A biogeochemical and sociopolitical challenge in the Everglades

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Edited by: Joseph N Boyer and Stephen E Davis



• Phosphorus (P) is an essential element for all life forms, yet to understand its life cycle and impact we need to grasp not only the biogeochemical life of P, but also how P intersects with human activities and values. • Phosphorus is the limiting nutrient in the oligotrophic Everglades ecosystem. Thus, the anthropogenic addition of P to the landscape and its subsequent transport, transformation, and persistence throughout the Everglades are critical to both the visual appearance and the ecological integrity of the Everglades ecosystem. • Legal and political attention to P in the Everglades have created a powerful social-cultural legacy. This legacy includes the continuing influence of P in Everglades restoration, the dissemination of knowledge about P cycling and mitigation among rural and urban Everglades residents, and social and political realignment of management priorities. • Management decisions based on legal mandates require not only robust scientific data about P-related processes, but also information on the behavior, well-being, and political decisions of tribal nations, agricultural enterprises, anglers, and others who use the South Florida landscape.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title The Life of P: A biogeochemical and sociopolitical challenge in the Everglades
Chapter 5
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher Oxford University Press
Contributing office(s) WMA - Earth System Processes Division
Description 30 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title The coastal Everglades: The dynamics of social-ecological transformation in the south Florida landscape
First page 99
Last page 128
Country United States
State Florida
Other Geospatial Everglades
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