The term El Niño (Spanish for 'the Christ Child') refers to a warm ocean current that typically appears around Christmas-time and lasts for several months, but may persist into May or June. The warm current influences storm patterns around the globe.
Land use change is perhaps the most observable of all environmental changes.
South Florida is a unique but endangered ecosystem. Prior to significant human activity in the area (mid-1800's), south Florida constituted one of the largest wetlands in the continental United States.
Scientists travel to Florida several times a year to collect samples. In the Everglades, peat cores are taken and modern pollen traps are set throughout the area. The cores are cut into 2cm pieces.
Scientists studying the south Florida ecosystem have learned that invading cattail plants increased in number and are slowly displacing the native sawgrass communities along
A number of photo galleries, including nature and project photo galleries, are available on the SOFIA website.
Using the EDEN website, you can monitor water levels at 100 marsh water-level gages and 394 tree islands in different locations in south Florida.
Data for rainfall, ET, and water-level height at gages can be explored, searched, and downloaded using a new online tool called Explore and View EDEN (EVE).
Scientists have gathered and studied data in support of Everglades Restoration covering a variety of topics: biology, chemistry, ecology, geology, hydrology, modeling, and digital data sets for geographic information systems (GIS).
By looking at core samples, which are vertical cylindrical samples taken out of the ground, scientists are able to see what past conditions were like.