Coral Reef Modeling: Key Largo Case Study

by Raymond Walton, Camp Dressser & McKee, Annandale, VA, USA,
W. Martin Williams, Camp Dressser & McKee, Annandale, VA, USA,
Ming P. Wang, Camp Dressser & McKee, Annandale, VA, USA,
Larry A. Roesner, Camp Dressser & McKee, Annandale, VA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract:

A numerical model called CORALSIM has been developed for the Key Largo Coral Reef National Marine Sanctuary in the Florida Keys. The model was developed as a management tool to study the potential impacts on the coral reef due to man's activities. Community gross photosynthesis and respiration are selected and modeled as indices to measure the health of the reef ecosystem. The model was developed in terms of carbon dioxide and dissolved oxygen budgets, and includes other constituents such as suspended solids, the nutrient cycle, chlorophyll-a, phosphates, and a toxic constituent.



Subject Headings: Numerical models | Reefs and sills | Aquatic habitats | Water quality | Nutrients | Dissolved oxygen | Case studies | Florida | United States

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