ISBN : 9780190869007
The Coastal Everglades presents a broad overview and synthesis of research on the coastal Everglades, a region that includes Everglades National Park, adjacent managed wetlands, and agricultural and urbanizing communities. Contributors for this volume are all collaborators on the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research Program (FCE LTER). The FCE LTER began in 2000 with a focus on understanding key ecosystem processes in the coastal Everglades, while also developing a platform for and linkages to related work conducted by an active and diverse Everglades research community. The program is based at Florida International University in Miami, but includes scientists and students from numerous other universities as well as staff scientists at key resource management agencies, including Everglades National Park and the South Florida Water Management District. Though the Everglades landscape spans nearly a third of the State of Florida, the focus on the coastal Everglades has allowed the contributors to examine key questions in social-ecological science in the context of ongoing restoration initiatives. As this book demonstrates, the long-term research of the FCE LTER has facilitated a better understanding of the roles of sea level rise, water management practices, urban and agricultural development, and other disturbances, such as fires and storms, on the past and future dynamics of this unique coastal environment. By comparing properties of the Everglades with other subtropical and tropical wetlands, the book challenges ideas of novelty while revealing properties of ecosystems at the ends of gradients that are often ignored. It also provides insights from, and encouragement for, long-term collaborative studies that inform resource management in similarly threatened coastal wetland landscapes.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Everglades as Icon
Chapter 3: Water, Sustainability, and Survival
Chapter 4: Ecosystem Fragmentation and Connectivity-Legacies and Future Implications of a Restored Everglades
Chapter 5: The Life of P: A Biogeochemical and Socio-Political Challenge in the Everglades
Chapter 6: Carbon Cycles in the Florida Coastal Everglades Social-Ecological System Across Scales
Chapter 7: Exogenous Drivers: What has Disturbance Taught Us?
Chapter 8: Back to the Future: Rebuilding the Everglades
Chapter 9: Re-imagining Ecology through an Everglades Lens