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Dr. Dennis HANISAK 01 22 14 : Indian River Lagoon Observatory

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Published on Apr 2, 2014

The Indian River Lagoon Observatory (IRLO) was initiated to investigate ecological relationships in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and how they are impacted by natural and human-induced stressors. An important component of IRLO is the development of a network of advanced observing stations in the Lagoon. Recently deployed Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) units provide real-time, high-accuracy and high-resolution water quality data through an interactive website. This enables all of us -- scientists, managers, educators, students, and the public -- to better observe long-term ecosystem changes and those driven by events such as freshwater discharges, algal blooms, storms, and droughts.

This lecture will first explore what is "water quality", a term that includes a number of physical, chemical, and biological components. Collectively they impact initially the base of the food web (seagrasses and algae) and ultimately the diversity and productivity of the entire ecosystem. Introducing this LOBO network into the IRL will provide scientists of various disciplines from many organizations reliable, continuous observatory data to better quantify and model relationships between environmental factors and biological processes in the IRL.

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