See the Everglades ridge and slough landscape from a helicopter
Video courtesy of David Lagomasino
The Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE) LTER Program is part of the
Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network
established by the National Science Foundation in 1980. The FCE LTER Program was established in May of 2000 in south Florida, where a rapidly
growing population of over 6 million people live in close proximity to - and in
dependence upon - the Florida Everglades.
The program is based at Florida International University
and includes 75 senior scientists and 64 students from 29 institutions.
FCE research focuses on an area where freshwater and estuarine vegetation mix, or
the "oligohaline ecotone". FCE
researchers study how hydrology, climate, and human activities affect ecosystem and
population dynamics in the ecotone and more broadly, the Florida Coastal Everglades.
We have made significant contributions to our understandings of:
FCE scientists discovered that, unlike in most
coastal areas, the natural source of phosphorus (the nutrient that
limits ecosystem productivity) for coastal Caribbean estuaries is
seawater, not inland environments. This important finding has
ramifications for both restoration and conservation and is informing
decision making in coastal areas.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science
Foundation through the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research program under
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or
recommendations expressed in the material are those of the
author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National
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