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Ecological studies on the littoral and pelagic systems of Lake Okeechobee, Florida (USA)

Ed.: Nicholas G. Aumen; Robert G. Wetzel

1995. VI, 356 pages, 103 figures, 62 tables, 16x24cm, 880 g
Language: English

(Advances in Limnology, Volume 45)

ISBN 978-3-510-47046-4, paperback, price: 71.00 €

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limnology littoral pelagic ecosystem Lake Okeechobee Florida USA

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Lake Okeechobee is considered to be the «liquid heart» of the interconnected Kissiee River / Lake Okeechobee / Everglades ecosystem of south Florida, USA. This large (1732 square km) shallow lake (mean depth 2.7 m) is vital natural resource; it provides flood protection and water supply and serves as a recreation area for more than 3,5 million people. A diverse littoral region occupies 25 an important habitat for economically important fish and wildlife stocks, including several endangered species. Human activities in the latter part of this century have deteriorated the quality of the Lake Okeechobee ecosystem. Diffuse inputs of nutrients (mainly from cattle ranching and diary operations to the north) have doubled the phosphorus concentration of the lake water between 1970 and 1980. Excess nutrient loading has been the cause of an increased frequency and intensity of blue-green algal blooms -- a signal of lake eutrophication. Surface scums with unpleasant odors as an obvious sign of declining water quality have heightened public concerns and led to the formation of committees and advisory groups to provide recommendations for lake protection and recovery. The water quality monitoring programs were supplemented with a substantial research program. In the wake of the algal blooms in the 1980s several interdisciplinary research projects were initiated, including a study of the lake's phosphorus dynamics, a watershed phosphorus transport and retention study, and a study of the lake's ecosystem.

The present volume presents the results of the Lake Okeechobee ecosystem study. The ecosystem study, along with the results of other studies, has provided a scientific foundation for better resource management decisions and has increased our understanding of Lake Okeechobee and subtropical lakes in general.

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Preface V
AUMEN, N.G.: The history of human impacts, lake management, and
limnological research on Lake Okeechobee, Florida (USA). (With 3
figures) 1-16
RICHARDSON, J.R. & HARRIS, T.T.: Vegetation mapping and change
detection in the Lake Okeechobee marsh ecosystem. (With 8 figures and
5 tables) 17-39
RICHARDSON, J.R., HARRIS, T.T. & WILLIGES, K.A.: Vegetation
correlations with various environmental parameters in the Lake
Okeechobee marsh ecosystem. (With 6 figures and 4 tables in the text
and 1 table in the appendix) 41-61
HARRIS, T.T., WILLIGES, K.A. & ZIMBA, P.V.: Primary productivity and
decomposition of five emergent macrophyte communities in the Lake
Okeechobee marsh ecosystem. (With 5 figures and 4 tables) 63-78
WILLIGES, K.A. & HARRIS, T.T.: Seed bank dynamics in the Lake
Okeechobee marsh ecosystem. (With 1 figure and 4 tables) 79-94
RICHARDSON, J.R. & HAMOUDA, E.: GIS modeling of hydroperiod,
vegetation, and soil nutrient relationships in the Lake Okeechobee
marsh ecosystem. (With 9 figures and 4 tables) 95-115
PHLIPS, E.J., ALDRIDGE, F.J. & HANSEN, P.: Patterns of water
chemistry, physical and biological parameters in a shallow subtropical
lake (Lake Okeechobee, Florida, USA). (With 10 figures and 5 tables) 117-135
PHLIPS, E.J., ALDRIDGE, F.J. & HANLON, C.: Potential limiting factors
for phytoplankton biomass in a shallow lake (Lake Okeechobee, Florida,
USA). (With 10 figures and 4 tables) 137-155
CICHRA, M.F., BADYLAK, S., HENDERSON, N., RUETER, B.H. & PHLIPS, E.J.:
Phytoplankton community structure in the open water zone of a shallow
subtropical lake (Lake Okeechobee, Florida, USA). (With 4 figures and
2 tables) 157-175
ALDRIDGE, F.J., PHLIPS, E.J. & SCHELSKE, C.L.: The use of nutrient
enrichment bioassays to test for spatial and temporal distribution of
limiting factors affecting phytoplankton dynamics in Lake Okeechobee,
Florida. (With 2 figures and 4 tables) 177-190
PHLIPS, E.J. & IHNAT, J.: Planktonic nitrogen fixation in a shallow
subtropical lake (Lake Okeechobee, Florida, USA). (With 4 figures and
3 tables) 191-201
CRISMAN, T.L., PHLIPS, E.J. & BEAVER, J.R.: Bacterioplankton
seasonality and environmental relationships in Lake Okeechobee,
Florida. (With 3 figures and 3 tables) 203-211
CRISMAN, T.L., PHLIPS, E.J. & BEAVER, J.R.: Zooplankton seasonality
and trophic state relationships in Lake Okeechobee, Florida. (With 11
figures and 2 tables) 213-232
ZIMBA, P.V.: Epiphytic algal biomass of the littoral zone, Lake
Okeechobee, Florida (USA). (With 3 figures and 2 tables) 233-240
ZIMBA, P.V., HOPSON, M.S., SMITH, J.P., COLLE, D.E. & SHIREMAN, J.V.:
Chemical composition and distribution of submersed aquatic vegetation
in Lake Okeechobee, Florida (1989-1991). (With 1 figure and 2 tables) 241-246
SMITH, J.P., RICHARDSON, J.R. & COLLOPY, M.W.: Foraging habitat
selection among wading birds (Ciconiiformes) at Lake Okeechobee,
Florida, in relation to hydrology and vegetative cover. (With 18
figures and 2 tables) 247-285
SMITH, J.P. & COLLOPY, M.W.: Colony turnover, nest success and
productivity, and causes of nest failure among wading birds
(Ciconiiformes) at Lake Okeechobee, Florida (1989-1992). (With 3
figures and 4 tables) 287-316
WARREN, G.L., VOGEL, M.J. & Fox, D.D.: Trophic and distributional
dynamics of Lake Okeechobee sublittoral benthic invertebrate
communities. (With 5 figures and 4 tables) 317-332
BULL, L.A., FOX, D.D., BROWN, D.W., DAVIS, L.J., MILLER, S.J. &
WULLSCHLEGER, J.G.: Fish distribution in limnetic areas of Lake
Okeechobee, Florida. (With 2 figures and 5 tables) 333-342
AUMEN, N.G. & GRAY, S.: Research synthesis and management
recommendations from a five-year, ecosystem-level study of Lake
Okeechobee, Florida (USA). (With 2 figures) 343-356