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Everglades Independent Scientific Review

Related: Environment and Natural Resources, Science and Technology

In 2011 and early 2012, Meridian Institute assisted with an independent scientific review (ISR) relating to the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem in Florida. An ISR was needed to assist RECOVER (REstoration COordination and VERification), the multi-agency science body for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), with the development of performance measures that make quantitative projections about the ecological impacts of different hydropatterns caused by planned alterations (restoration plans) to the existing water management infrastructure in the region. Developing comprehensive numerical summaries of computer-simulated hydropatterns had proven relatively easy compared to the task of translating those simulated hydropatterns into clear, concise, and rigorous descriptions of ecological impacts. As a result, RECOVER requested that a four-person, ISR Expert Panel be convened to review background materials and provide recommendations on how to use this information to develop an approach for evaluating the effects of extreme hydrological events during restoration project planning. The ISR was facilitated by Meridian in coordination with the RECOVER Leadership Group. The final report of the ISR is available online.