Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 1–3 | Cite as

Paleoenvironmental change in wetlands of the Florida Everglades, southeast USA

Original Paper

Abstract

In this special issue, we report on efforts to reconstruct paleoclimate/paleolimnology of the Florida Everglades, applying a wide range of techniques including sedimentological, micropaleontological and biogeochemical approaches. The papers included here describe results obtained by studies conducted in Everglades National Park and the greater South Florida Everglades by Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program (FCE LTER) collaborators. This multi-investigator project contrasts nutrient dynamics in two inland-to-marine transects aligned along separate drainages in southern Florida that differ in their susceptibility to coastal pressures and in volume of freshwater delivery. This effort focuses on the paleoecological aspects of FCE LTER research that address scales of ecosystem transformations driven by climate variability and change and human activities. The central question addressed by this body of work is “How is the shape of the freshwater-to-marine gradient in the Florida coastal Everglades controlled by changes in climate, freshwater inflow (i.e. through human activities), and disturbance (i.e. sea level rise, hurricanes, fire)?”

Keywords

Everglades Paleolimnology Paleoclimatology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southeast Environmental Research CenterFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Marine Sciences Program, Earth and Environment DepartmentFlorida International UniversityNorth MiamiUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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