Adaptive Monitoring and Assessment for the Comprehensive by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Water Science and Technology Board, Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem

The document evaluates the plan to watch and check the of Florida's Everglades as recovery efforts continue. The file reveals that the plan is easily grounded in medical conception and principals of adaptive administration. even though, steps might be taken to make sure that details from these tracking the ecology of the Everglades is instantly on hand to these enforcing the general recovery attempt. additionally, the plan must position larger attention on how inhabitants progress and land-use adjustments will impact the recovery attempt and vice versa.

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Furthermore, hydrologic model outputs can be the attributes of ecological habitat suitability functions for selected ecological indicators. Composite values of these time series of habitat-suitability-index values can serve as surrogate indicators of “damage” functions, indicating the relative benefit or loss associated with water management outcomes. These can be compared to previous values to enable the development of an aggregate performance measure. , 2003). Hydrologic modeling can be used readily to account for the dynamic elements of the restoration, such as climatic variability and implementation.

Then the assumption was made that monthly allocations were sufficient. Finally, in 1980 the drought of record exceeded design specifications and expectations. 26 Adaptive Monitoring and Assessment for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan DEFINING “ECOLOGICAL HEALTH” FOR THE EVERGLADES ECOSYSTEM The Restoration Plan’s Adaptive Assessment Team (AAT) is developing a monitoring program based on a standardized set of monitoring and data-management protocols over spatial and temporal scales that are relevant to the Restoration Plan implementation schedule and to ecosystem responses.

An emphasis on “success” should not influence the selection of one type of performance measure over others. RESTORATION REFERENCE STATE “Baseline information provides the benchmark against which the progress of the restoration plan can be measured, and to understand the ranges of natural variability necessary to confirm when change has actually occurred. While some regions of the Everglades ecosystem have well-established monitoring programs, other areas have little or no baseline data. ” (USACE and SFWMD, 2001a) The committee defines the restoration “baseline” for the Restoration Plan broadly to include not only the record of observational data, but also the current state of understanding.

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