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Mechanisms of Ridge-Slough Maintenance and Degradation across the Greater Everglades
Goals and Objectives
The ridge-slough patterned landscape is among the most charismatic features of the central Everglades landscape, and a critically threatened mosaic. There remain few data to support the determination of particular hydrologic management schemes that would protect and/or restore the feedbacks that maintain the landscape in the desired patterned configuration. Work previously completed have demonstrated that there is strong evidence for the catastrophic loss of patterning, and because of the slow moving nature of peat accretion processes, these losses may be effectively irreversible once initiated. Project will draw upon prior conducted and complement on-going research to understand the mechanisms associated with the ridge-slough landscape patterning.
Available Outputs

Title: Annual Report: Evaluating decomposition dynamics, community composition, and ridge-top senescence in the ridge-slough mosaic in response to climate change and water management. Annual Report. USACE.
Authors: Clark, M.W., M.J. Cohen, T.Z. Osborne, D. Watts, and T. Oh.

Title: Hydrologic modification and loss of self-organized patterning in the Everglades ridge-slough mosaic. Ecosystems. 2010, 13:813-827
Authors: Watts, D.L.,M.J. Cohen, J.B. Heffernan, T.Z. Osborne
Project Lead
Cohen, Matthew J
Project Participants
Cohen, Matthew J
Osborne, Todd Z
Level 1: WI Affiliated Faculty Project
Water, Land Use and Ecosystems
Grant Award Dates
9/7/2012 to 3/31/2016