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Field Activity Details for field activity 09LME01

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Gordon Anderson, Karen Balentine, Paul Nelson, Thomas Smith

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Gordon Anderson

Data Type(s): Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: 1) Determining the response of mangrove forests to disturbance and sea-level rise. 2) Looking for evidence of historic fires in freshwater wetlands in ENP.


Start Port/Location: Various, all within Everglades NP

End Port/Location: Various, all within Everglades NP

Start Date: 2009-07-20

End Date: 2009-07-24

Equipment Used: Peat Corer

Information to be Derived: 1) Change in wetland surface elevation 2) For the cores: grain size, organic / inorganic matter content, bulk density, presence-absence of charcoal fragments

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: This fieldtrip will undertake regularly quarterly sampling of Sediment Erosion Tables (SET) in Everglades NP and collect sediment cores to use in reconstructing fire history in several locations in the Park.

Staff: Gordon Anderson, Karen Balentine, Paul Nelson, Thomas Smith

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Additional Platform: Chevy Silverado (GSA lease). Additional Equipment: Surface elevation table, Russian peat corer.


Everglades National Park, FL

North: 25.49875618 South: 24.90631404 West: -81.419 East: -80.36013421


25-ft Parker

19-ft SeaCraft
photo of Airboat
photo of Helicopter (SP)
Helicopter (SP)


Tiling-Range, G., 2017, Using fossilized charcoal to corroborate the Everglades fire history geodatabase: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Peat Corer --- Biology
Geology (CSV file containing sediment core location, charcoal abundance and 210Pb ages.)

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