The subtropical Everglades landscape was created by strong spatial and temporal gradients of water flow that formed a unique network of freshwater and coastal wetland ecosystems. The hydrology and disturbance regime in the Everglades region developed a rich diversity of communities that have variable capacities to sequester carbon . Like other coastal wetland ecosystems, primary productivity changes in response to variable inundation regimes and salinity and study sites are place along a hydrological gradient.
Long-term eddy covariance study sites include 11 years of CO2 and 5 years of CH4 data in a marl prairie (TS/Ph-1) and freshwater marsh (SRS-2), 2 years of data from a mangrove scrub (TS/Ph-7), and 15 years of CO2 and 2 years of CH4 from the tall riverine mangrove forests (SRS-6). The Everglades Flux Tower Network includes two recently established research sites (Bob Allen and SE-1). The Bob Allen tower is in Florida Bay and the SE-1 tower is in the South Eastern Saline Everglades. The new SE-1 site occurs at the ecotone between freshwater marsh and mangrove scrub near the well defined white zone.
Principal Investigators :
Sparkle L. Malone