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Schaffranek, R.W., Jenter, H. L., and Riscassi, A.L., 2002, Overview of the "Tides and Inflows in the Mangroves of the Evereglades"(TIME) project of the U.S. Geological Survey's South Florida Ecosystem Program: Second Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 28-August 1, 2002, 12 P.

The U.S. Geological Survey is contributing scientific findings and synthesized results from its South Florida Ecosystem Program toward development and implementation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Findings derived from hydrological and ecological studies and extensive data collected to monitor and characterize the Everglades ecosystem are being integrated into the development of numerical models to guide and evaluate restoration decisions. A coupled surface-water/groundwater hydrodynamic/transport model is being developed for the coastal marine and freshwater wetland ecosystems of Everglades National Park. The multi-dimensional model is facilitating the development of estuarine ecological models by providing insight into the nature and extent of saltwater/freshwater mixing in the land-margin ecosystems that encompass the mangrove ecotone. Dynamic salinity transport simulations are being designed and generated to test the development of estuarine indicator species models for use as performance measures to evaluate the effectiveness of restoration actions. Projects contributing hydrologic process-study findings and data for development of the hydrodynamic/transport model are identified and the integration and use of the study results and data in the model are discussed in this paper.

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