System-Wide Modeling

System-wide model results will be used by the Restoration Coordination and Verification (RECOVER) teams to evaluate the system-wide performance of particular CERP projects. Project Development Teams can also review system-wide model results of their plan alternatives via the links to the models below.

Download the RECOVER Model Needs Report

This report, developed by the RECOVER Evaluation Team, identifies current models developed for the South Florida ecosystem, and recommends both long-term and short-term priorities for model development. This report is intended as a tool for CERP sponsoring and participating agencies to prioritize model development for CERP activities.

Visit the SFWMD Modeling page to access model results and performance measures simulated by predictive computer models including:

    South Florida Water Management Model. Simulates the hydrology and management of the southern Florida water resources system from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay. See the SFWMM web site for documentation and model review. Please note that this link will open in a new window.

  • ELM
    Everglades Landscape Model (available pending model review). Predicts landscape response and water quality changes as a result of water management scenarios. See ELM web site for model status, including current calibration and documentation.

    Lake Okeechobee Water Quality Model. Simulates eutrophication process in water column and underlying sediments in Lake Okeechobee to produce estimates of total phosphorus. See LOWQM web site for further details.

USGS Tides and Inflows in the Mangroves of the Everglades (TIME) and Flux Accounting and Tide Hydrology at the Ocean Margin (FATHOM)

The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a hydrologic model (TIME) to simulate the hydrology of the mangrove-dominated ecotones of Everglades National Park. A RECOVER meeting was held on December 17, 2013 to discuss refinments made to the model and provide feedback to RECOVER to accept and utilize this model to better represent the southern wetland boundary over the SFWMM. Status of the Florida Bay FATHOM mass-balance salinity and water quality model was also presented at this meeting.