Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research
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Organic Matter Dynamics Working Group
(Phase II, 2007-2012)

Researchers will continue organic matter analysis of dissolved organic matter, floc and soils/sediments from FCE-LTER sampling locations of the freshwater marsh, estuarine mangrove and coastal ocean end-member systems along the Shark River Slough and Taylor Slough/Panhandle transects. The results of these analyses provide important baseline information on organic matter dynamics (composition, sources, fate and transport) and characteristics of such substrates from each of the SRS and TS/Ph transects where different partitioning of potential limiting nutrients is observed based on soil type (e.g., peaty versus marly soils), seasonal flooding characteristics (e.g., permanently flooded versus seasonal drawdowns), and/or proximity to the shallow subtidal estuary (e.g. adjacent to coastal shelf versus Florida Bay). The effects of restoration initiatives, long-term changes in climate and episodic disturbance are tracked by observed changes in organic matter and soil nutrients over the course of the study.
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