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Modeling Vegetation Dynamics in the Everglades
Goals and Objectives
The focus of The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is slowly shifting from "getting the water right", towards maintaining and improving the ecology that is impacted by the water. To this end an integrated, spatially explicit, ecological model would serve to predict the impact of various management decisions on the environment. Typha domingensis (Cattail) is known as an invasive, as well as an indicator, species. As such it was decided to model the dynamics of this sedge within the Water Conservation Area 2a (WCA2A), which is fairly representative of the everglades proper. The Transport and Reaction Simulation Engine (TARSE) was originally developed as a water-quality module to be incorporated within the Regional Simulation Model (RSM) - which can model the flow of water throughout South Florida. The TARSE code was used, and extended to incorporate ecological components (TARSE:ECO). Cattails will be deterministically modeled with four increasing levels of complexity, with the idea that each successive level will better approximate the raw data provided. Having user-definable inputs and interactions, it is expected that TARSE:ECO will adequately simulate any ecological species (within the confines of the grid size) with as much or as little detail as desired.
Planned Outputs
Final Report
Available Outputs

Title: Dynamic factor analysis of groundwater quality trends in an agricultural area adjacent to Everglades National Park. Journ Contam Hydrol 80:49-70.
Authors: Muñoz-Carpena, R., Ritter, A. and Y.C. Li

Title: Dynamic factor modeling of ground and surface water levels in an agricultural area adjacent to Everglades National Park. Journal Hydrol 317:340-354.
Authors: Ritter, A. and R. Muñoz-Carpena
Project Lead
Munoz-Carpena, Rafael
Project Participants
Munoz-Carpena, Rafael
Additional Participants
Kirk Hatfield
Andrew James
Gregory Kiker
Gareth Lagerwall
Naiming Wang
Level 1: WI Affiliated Faculty Project
Water, Land Use and Ecosystems
Grant Award Dates
5/5/2008 to 5/4/2011