Coastal Edges Director’s Note April 2023

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Spring has sprung here in North Florida, bringing a sense of growth and renewal. Nothing says possibility like the gorgeous red flowers blooming on the Amaryllis in my garden! Here at the Center for Coastal Solutions,… Read More

AI Making Waves in Water Quality Forecasting

CCS Associate Research Scientist Ron Fick, Ph.D., is harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) to forecast the water quality parameters of red tide blooms and chlorophyll-a concentration (i.e., the amount of algae growing in a body of water) in the Peace River… Read More

SCCF, UF Assess Water Quality Impacts of Hurricane Ian

Two days after Hurricane Ian slammed into the Southwest Florida coast as a near Category 5 storm, SCCF Marine Lab Director Eric Milbrandt, Ph.D., began to mobilize a coordinated effort to assess water quality impacts.

“I reached out to our colleagues at University of Florida’s Center for Coastal Solutions (UF-CSS) who we’ve been working with on a current harmful algae bloom research project funded by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” said Milbrandt. “After seeing the devastation of the causeway and the islands, I knew that our routine monthly sampling from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico would not be possible with SCCF equipment.”