Environmental Monitoring of
the Florida Keys and Florida Bay

Principal Investigator(s):

John C. Ogden and Sandra Vargo
Florida Institute of Oceanography
830 First Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (813) 893-9100

Chris Humphrey and Jeff Absten
Keys Marine Laboratory

Long Key, Florida
Phone: (305) 664-9101

James C. Hendee
Ocean Chemistry Division
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149-1026

Cathy Woodey
National Data Buoy Center

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Stennis Space Center, MS

The Florida Institute of Oceanography's (FIO) SEAKEYS (Sustained Ecological Research Related to Management of the Florida Keys Seascape) program began in 1989 and has continued until the present. This program, now being supported through NOAA's South Florida Ecosystem Restoration, Prediction and Modeling Program (SFERPM), implements a framework for long-term monitoring and research along the 220 mile Florida coral reef tract and in Florida Bay at a geographical scale encompassing the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). The impetus for such a framework was the perceived marked regional decline in coral reefs and the critical need to provide data and options for resource management. The network consists of six instrument-enhanced Coastal-Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) stations, cooperatively managed with NOAA's National Data Buoy Center, plus a proposed new one in northwest Florida Bay. These stations measure the usual C-MAN meteorological parameters, such as wind speed, gusts and barometric pressure, but are enhanced with oceanographic instruments measuring salinity, sea temperature, fluorometry and turbidity.

For an overview of how the whole process works, click here.

To see a map showing the locations of the SEAKEYS stations, click here.

For an overview of recent progress in the SEAKEYS field effort, click here.

For an overview of recent progress in data management of the SEAKEYS effort, click here.

To see a report of near real-time display of SEAKEYS data, click here.

To view the University of South Florida's West Florida Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System station map, click here.

To see photos of the new SEAKEYS station (northwest Florida Bay) installation, click here.


Last updated on 02/14/2001
Monika Gurnée
SFERPM Webmaster