Conceptual ecological models, as used in CERP, are non-quantitative planning tools used to identify major anthropogenic drivers and stressors on natural systems, the ecological effects of these stressors, and the best biological attributes or indicators of these ecological responses. Conceptual ecological models can be used with any ecological restoration and conservation program, and can become the primary communication, planning, and assessment link among scientists and policy-makers.
A set of conceptual ecological models has been developed for South Florida restoration as a framework for supporting integration of science and policy. They are key components of an Adaptive Management Program being developed for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Eleven South Florida regional models, one total system model for South Florida, and one international regional model were published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Wetlands 2006.
Southern Coastal Systems