The National Park Service both permits and encourages original scientific research that enhances our understanding of the landscapes under our care.
The Critical Ecosystem Studies Initiative (CESI) is a research funding program administered by the South Florida Natural Resources Center to answer key questions of management importance. Over the last fifteen years, the CESI program has generated significant contributions to our understanding of the Everglades ecosystem, evidenced by the suite of funded projects outlined below.
These projects allow land managers to evaluate the status of particular species and ecosystems and assess trends over time.
These projects support the development and refinement of predictive models that simulate physical and biological responses to proposed modifications.
These projects utilize information and design ideas from other research projects to streamline assessment of the success of restoration efforts.
Did You Know?
Limestone is the porous, sedimentary rock you see in the Everglades. These rocks are made of calcium and contain fossils of sea life, evidence of ancient seas that once covered the area. The limestone aquifer under the Everglades acts as the principal water recharge area for all of south Florida.