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Research and Support Capabilities at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Shipboard Operations

Water and Geochemistry

   diver measuring water clarity in Tampa Bay, Florida
USGS diver measuring water clarity in Tampa Bay, FL [larger version]
Vessel-based operations support water level, discharge and velocity monitoring, and water quality research efforts. Teams included personnel with expertise in water monitoring as well as boat operators, engineers, and certified divers. Nutrient loading in coastal waters, rivers, and springs is monitored to ensure human health and ecosystem productivity.

Evaluation of groundwater and surface water interactions is particularly important in the southeastern United States where alterations to water quality and water supply affect human health, economics, ecosystem health, and marine productivity. In areas underlain by limestone or dominated by a karst landscape, surface and groundwater interactions become more complex. Aquifer seeps through dissolution features near the coast create unique marine habitats moderated by aquifer flow. Efforts to identify, evaluate, and map the marine/freshwater interface have been conducted from monitoring sites, vessels, and airborne sensors.

 

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