Coral Reef Modeling: Key Largo Case Study

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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: Model analysis | Case studies | Reefs and sills | Aquatic habitats | Dissolved oxygen | Numerical models | Water quality | Decision support systems | North America | Florida | United States

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