Research and Technical Assistance for Assessing: Climate
Change, Sea Level Rise and Salinity Dynamics in the Greater
Everglades. PI: Dr. Leonard Berry, Co-PIs:
Drs. Caiyun Zhang, Charles Roberts, and Zhixiao Xie. U.S. Geological
Survey (USGS), $500,000, 09/01/2011-08/22/2014.
South Florida is one of the world’s most vulnerable areas to
climate change, especially sea level rise. The potential adaptation to
sea level rise is complicated by the porous limestone geology of the
region, permitting salt water intrusion into important aquifers and
by the low level terrain in many areas which make even a relatively
small sea level rise problematic. Already past sea level rise is
impacting canal outfalls in Dade County. Scientist, city and county
officials and agencies that work in the affected area are well aware
of the pressing nature of these issues. The activities of this
project include: 1) synthesis, workshops and working groups on
climate change, sea level rise and salinity dynamics, and 2) changing
salinity as an indicator of restoration and climate change impacts on
the Greater Everglades.
Research project 2: Salinity Assessment in Northeastern Florida Bay Using Landsat
TM Data. PI: Caiyun Zhang, with Dr. Zhixiao Xie as mentor. FAU
Faculty Research Mentoring Program, $ 3,000, 01/2012 – 01/2013.
This project will examine the potential of
Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) for salinity assessment in the Greater
Everglades of South Florida with the Northeastern Florida Bay as
3: Water Quality Assessment in Florida Bay Using
Remote Sensing Techniques. PI: Caiyun Zhang, Co-PIs: Drs. Tara
L. Root, Zhixiao Xie, Marguerite Koch-Rose, and Leonard Berry. FAU 2012 Seed Program, $20,
000, 01/2012 – 01/2013.
The objective of this project is to examine the
potential of several remote sensors for assessing water quality in
Florida Bay, and test the sensitivity of spectral signatures measured
by a spectroradiometer for water samples collected from regions with
different nutrient concentrations and/or different seagrass species