Fact Sheet 2009-3002
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Linking the Manatee Individual-Based Model
with a New Ten Thousand Islands Hydrology
Model and an Everglades Model
Modeling Hydrology and Thermal Properties
of Canals and Basins Used by Manatees
as Winter Refuges
Developing and Implementing a Regional
Aerial Survey Monitoring Design that
Integrates Ten Thousand Islands with
Everglades National Park
Predicting and monitoring restoration effects on Florida manatees, which are known to make extended movements, will be incomplete if modeling and monitoring are limited to the smaller areas defined by the various restoration components. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) efforts, thus far, have focused on (1) collecting manatee movement data throughout the Ten Thousand Islands (TTI) region, and (2) developing an individual-based model for manatees to illustrate manatee responses to changes in hydrology related to the Picayune Strand Restoration Project (PSRP).
In 2006, new regional research was begun to extend an Everglades hydrology model into the TTI region; extend the manatee movement model into the southern estuaries of Everglades National Park (ENP); and integrate hydrology and manatee data, models, and monitoring across the TTI region and ENP. Currently (2008), three research tasks are underway to develop the necessary modeling components to assess restoration efforts across the Greater Everglades Ecosystem.
Langtimm, C.A., Swain, E.D., Stith, B.M., and others, 2009, Integrated Science: Florida Manatees and Everglades Hydrology: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009-3002, 4 p.
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Catherine Langtimm at email@example.com
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