Center for Science and Policy Applications for Coastal Environments (SPACE)

EPA Grant Number: X832302
Center: Center for Science and Policy Applications for Coastal Environments (C–SPACE)
Center Director: D'Elia, Christopher F
Title: Center for Science and Policy Applications for Coastal Environments (SPACE)
Investigators: D'Elia, Christopher F , Gore, James
Institution: University of South Florida
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2009
Project Amount: $727,000
RFA: Targeted Research Center (2004) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Targeted Research


The overall objective is to develop an interdisciplinary center for the study, protection and amelioration of the coastal environment'. The center will enhance understanding of ways that human activity in rapidly developing coastal areas affects ecological systems and of human institutions and practices for managing such effects.


Approach: An interdisciplinary team of natural and social scientists will form a new center for Science and Policy Applications for the Coastal Environment (SPACE). Research will focus on the fate, effect and remediation of pollutants; social and policy implications of coastal environmental science; and data management and analysis through GIS and statistical modeling.

Expected Results:

(1) Insight for managing water resources by understanding historical anthropogenic activities that have impacted the environment such as terrestrial runoff, water quality, and local land-based environmental modifications; (2). Assessment of land-use changes and other anthropogenic influences on the establishment of cyanob4cterial populations, and determination of the water quality parameters which promote cyanobacterial persistence, and lead to a shift to cyanobacterial dominance; (3) Collection of scientific data !essential for implementation in future PCB remediation field projects; (4) Analysis of the socioeconomic and cultural factors that underlie contemporary patterns of lawn management and quantitative evaluation of the environmental benefits that could be realized through an expansion of the adoption of xeriscaping within the study area; (5) Analysis of best practices 'i,, for Marine Protected Area (MPA) management for shallow-water, tropical ecosystems, identification of key management indicators, and establishment of a management database for Caribbean coral reefs; (6) Development of a GIS-based integrated tool for researchers and resource managers to determine the linkages among the soils, land use, watershed hydrology, noni-point source pollution, minimum flows and health of an aquatic habitat, and to improve risk assessment and management; (7) Establishment of analytical core support, and (8) Deployment of a highly sophisticated Guided Surface Vehicle (GSV) for use in monitoring of shallow water ecosystems.

Center Website: EPA

Journal Articles: 7 Displayed | Download in RIS Format

Other center views: All 79 publications 8 publications in selected types All 7 journal articles
Type Citation Sub Project Document Sources
Journal Article DeVor R, Carvalho-Knighton K, Aitken B, Maloney P, Holland E, Talalaj L, Fidler R, Elsheimer S, Clausen CA, Geiger CL. Dechlorination comparison of mono-substituted PCBs with Mg/Pd in different solvent systems. Chemosphere 2008;73(6):896-900. X832302 (2008)
  • Full-text: Science Direct HTML
  • Abstract: Science Direct
  • Other: Science Direct PDF
  • Journal Article Dixon B, Earls J. Examining spatio-temporal relationships of landuse change, population growth, and water quality in the SWFWMD. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 2007;9(1):71-93. X832302 (2008)
  • Abstract: Journal Issue Table of Contents
  • Other: Prepublication paper
  • Journal Article Earls J, Dixon B. A comparison of SWAT model-predicted potential evapotranspiration using real and modeled meteorological data. Vadose Zone Journal 2008;7(2):570-580. X832302 (2008)
  • Full-text: Vadose Zone Journal
  • Abstract: Vadose Zone Journal
  • Other: Vadose Zone Journal
  • Journal Article Johns RA. The potential of geographic analysis in solving environmental dilemmas. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 2005;7(2):13-33. X832302 (2008)
  • Other: Journal Issue Table of Contents
  • Journal Article Pomeroy LR, D’Elia CF, Schaffner LC. Limits to top-down control of phytoplankton by oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Marine Ecology Progress Series 2006;325:301-309. X832302 (2006)
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  • Abstract: MEPS
  • Other: Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • Journal Article Whitmore TJ, Brenner M, Kolasa KV, Kenney WF, Riedinger-Whitmore MA, Curtis JH, Smoak JM. Inadvertent alkalization of a Florida lake caused by increased ionic and nutrient loading to its watershed. Journal of Paleolimnology 2006;36(4):353-370. X832302 (2008)
  • Full-text: University of South Florida PDF
  • Abstract: Springer
  • Journal Article Whitmore TJ, Riedinger-Whitmore MA, Smoak JM, Kolasa KV, Goddard EA, Bindler R. Arsenic contamination of lake sediments in Florida: evidence of herbicide mobility from watershed soils. Journal of Paleolimnology 2008;40(3):869-884. X832302 (2008)
  • Abstract: Springer
  • Other: Journal of Paleolimnology
  • Supplemental Keywords:

    Water, watersheds, groundwater, land, soil, marine, estuary, chemicals, toxics, PCB, heavy metals, ecosystem, restoration, terrestrial, aquatic, habitat, innovative technology, remediation, restoration, public policy, decision making, modeling, monitoring, analytical, remote sensing; Florida, FL, EPA Region 4,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, Water, Water & Watershed, Environmental Monitoring, Ecology and Ecosystems, Watersheds, coastal watershed, hazardous waste, remediation, aquatic ecosystems, GIS, water quality, coastal ecosystems

    Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2006 Progress Report
  • 2007
  • 2008 Progress Report
  • Final
  • Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    X832302C001 Past and Present Water Quality in Florida Coastal Waters
    X832302C002 Cyanobacteria Proliferation and Eutrophication in Florida Lakes
    X832302C003 Reactive Metal Particle Emulsions for Removal of PCBs
    X832302C004 The Social and Environmental Dimensions of Xeriscaping: A Pathway for Ameliorating Coastal Environments
    X832302C005 An Historical Perspective on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Phosphate Industry on the Tampa Bay Region
    X832302C006 Interfacing SWAT and PHABSIM: A Potential GIS-based Water Resource Management Tool
    X832302C007 Acquisition of Counters for Gamma-Emitting Radioisotopes
    X832302C008 Guided Surface Vehicles
    X832302C009 Science Journalism
    X832302C010 Administration and Outreach