Assessment Team (AT)
Final 2006 System Status Report (SSR)

The AT System Status Report (SSR) plays an important role within CERP; it is designed to assess and document progress towards meeting performance measure (PM) targets and interim and long-term goals. On an annual basis, the reports generated by the principal investigators in each of the Monitoring and Assessment Plan (MAP) modules (i.e., Southern Coastal Systems [SE], Northern Estuaries [NE], Greater Everglades [GE] and Lake Okeechobee[LO]) will be compiled by REstoration COordination and VERification (RECOVER) and used to generate a biennial SSR that will address the overall status of the ecosystem relative to system level hypotheses, PMs, and restoration goals. Every five years, this SSR will provide the scientific information on the status of the ecosystem’s response to CERP implementation and will be integrated into the Report to Congress.

5 Apr 2013 - The 2012 System Status Report (SSR) Interim Update is available online!

The SSR provides:

  • a synthesis of findings across MAP modules and across years to provide a holistic description of the status of the Everglades ecosystem;

  • an evaluation of the results in relationship to supporting system-level hypotheses and achieving system-wide Interim Goals;

  • a summary of those changes that are consistent with goals and hypotheses and those that are not;

  • a discussion of why the goals and hypotheses are not being achieved;

  • the identification of major unanticipated findings that may need attention and correction; and

  • information about issues relevant to the CERP Adaptive Management (AM) Program (see CERP AM Strategy).

The SSR functions as the interface between the science and communication of the restoration by providing information not only for AM, but for reports to the National Research Council, Interim Goals and Targets (IG/IT) Report, and the CERP Report Card, and constitutes a major component of the RECOVER Technical Report mandated by the Programmatic Regulations.

Monitoring and Assessment Plan (MAP) Links:

2006 SSR - Pilot Assessment

The 2006 AT SSR - Pilot Assessment represents the initial application of the MAP – Part 2: 2006 Assessment Strategy for the MAP developed by RECOVER for analyzing monitoring data from the MAP, Part 1: Monitoring and Supporting Research. As such, it represents a proof concept for applying the assessment strategy outlined in the MAP, Part 2, which will be used for assessing the success of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP or Plan).

The focus of this 2006 SSR - Pilot Assessment was to use the assessment strategy detailed in the MAP, Part 2 to determine whether current sampling designs, data quality objectives, variability, power analyses, and relevant spatial-temporal patterns were sufficient to establish a reference state (baseline) for important variables and PMs and to be able to detect change with specified degrees of certainty.

The 2006 SSR also characterizes the status of monitoring and data availability for each of the MAP modules and identifies the lessons learned from the assessment process to guide future efforts. However, the 2006 SSR is not intended to provide a comprehensive assessment of the ecological condition nor the status of either the MAP modules (SE, NE, GE, or LO) or the South Florida ecosystem as a whole.

The 2006 SSR is composed of two-parts: System-wide Assessment including an overview of each MAP module assessment including its relationship to IGs and lessons learned, system-wide lessons learned, and system-wide data management needs; and Module SSR parsed out by MAP module and including a pilot assessment of a single hypothesis cluster from each geophysical region.

2006 System Status Report (SSR)