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 file evaluates the plan to observe and investigate the situation of Florida's Everglades as recovery efforts continue. The document reveals that the plan is definitely grounded in clinical concept and principals of adaptive administration. although, steps might be taken to make sure that details from these tracking the ecology of the Everglades is quickly on hand to these imposing the final recovery attempt. additionally, the plan must position better attention on how inhabitants progress and land-use alterations will have an effect on the recovery attempt and vice versa.
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The monitoring plan for the Restoration Plan should be designed with the following three distinct information needs in mind: • • • Measuring progress towards meeting the restoration targets, Reducing scientific uncertainty should be reduced, and Providing information for specific management options and decisions. In selecting performance measures for the MAP, the Adaptive Assessment Team has not clearly distinguished which specific information need is being met. Measuring progress towards stated restoration targets is clearly specified by the nature of the targets.
On an annual 34 Adaptive Monitoring and Assessment for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan basis the evolving model could be used to simulate the system based on the observed meteorological conditions. Hydrologic performance measures could be computed from the simulation results, and compared to performance measures computed from actual field data. For each measure, error analysis could be used to evaluate the significance of the observed difference between the two values. Significant differences could trigger studies to determine their causes, such as errors in model input, parameters, or structure.
Such whole-system indicators could also be usefully applied to the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. The MAP should consider monitoring spatiotemporal patterns of total species diversity as well as of native species diversity. Additionally, given that the Restoration Plan is focused on a well-defined ecosystem an Index of Biotic Integrity-like measure (Karr and Chu, 1999; NRC, 1994; NRC, 2000) would be appropriate and useful. The purpose of such a measure would be to provide a “multimetric” that would integrate several key indicators to represent the changing status of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem.
Adaptive Monitoring and Assessment for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan 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