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Groundwater data Processing and advanced Hydrologic Analysis for the Loxahatche River
Goals and Objectives
Understanding the hydrological functioning of tidally influenced floodplain forests is essential for advancing ecosystem protection and restoration goals in impacted systems. However, finding direct relationships between basic hydrological inputs and floodplain hydrology is hindered by complex interactions between surface water, groundwater, and atmospheric fluxes in a variably saturated matrix with heterogeneous soils, vegetation, and topography. Thus, an explanatory method for identifying common trends and causal factors is required. Dynamic factor analysis (DFA), a time series dimension reduction technique, models temporal variation in observed data as linear combinations of common trends, which represent unidentified common factors, and explanatory variables. In this work, DFA was applied to model water table elevation (WTE) in the floodplain of the Loxahatchee River (Florida, USA), where altered watershed hydrology has led to changing hydroperiod and salinity regimes and undesired vegetative changes in the floodplain forest.
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Title: Final Report: Groundwater Data Processing and Analysis for the Loxahatchee River Basin
Authors: Muñoz-Carpena, R., D. Kaplan, F. Gonzalez
Project Lead
Munoz-Carpena, Rafael
Project Participants
Munoz-Carpena, Rafael
Additional Participants
Marion Hedgepeth
David Kaplan
Yuncong Li
Amanda Mortl
Dick Roberts
Rob Rossmanith (FPS)
Yongshan Wan
Fawen Zheng (SFWMD)
Level 1: WI Affiliated Faculty Project
Water, Land Use and Ecosystems
Grant Award Dates
10/21/2008 to 3/17/2009