Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research
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Modeling and Synthesis Cross-Cutting Theme
(Phase II, 2007-2012)

FCE II research goals and hypotheses involve multi-disciplinary research synthesis along hydro-ecological gradients in south Florida. Our research Working Groups have arrived at fundamental conclusions regarding the importance of different hydro-ecological processes in this region, and multiple models have been an important aspect of guiding, and further synthesizing, many of these advancements. With this research progress, FCE modeling efforts are also accelerating, both in terms of the expansion of socio-ecological dynamic variables that we consider, and in terms of the scales of our spatio-temporal extrapolations of field results.

The synthesis and extrapolation topics explored with FCE models parallel those ongoing advancements in field research experiments. We have developed: a comprehensive conceptual framework to integrate our hydrologic, ecological, and social research; simple water and nutrient budget-type summary models; local-scale (site-specific) simulation models of ecosystem processes; and regional spatial summaries of hydro-ecological processes over decadal time scales. Importantly, we are advancing our model-based explorations of the interactions between the southern Everglades and the adjacent urban/agricultural region, linked by the common currencies of water and nutrient management which are driven by socio-economic factors.
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