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Jones Edmunds and Associates
Sinkholes are a common occurence in karst-sensitive areas throughout Southwest Florida. As development pressures continue, more comprehensive regulations need to be developed to protect the aquifer in karst-sensitive areas from untreated storm water. A raster model was developed to help identify there areas where sinkholes are likely to occur. Conditions surrounding existing sinkholes were analyzed to find trends where sinkholes exist. Factors such as soil type and depth to aquifer were evaluated. Once trends were determined, a raster model was created using the established criteria. Each contributing element was given a weighted rank, based on the advice of the project geologist, and combined to create a karst-sensitive area model. The model with help drive regulation that will protect the aquifer in vulnerable areas. Open Access See Extended description for more information.
United States, Regional Speleology
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Mullane, Cheryl and Nelson, Mark, "Modeling Karst Sensitive Areas in Southwest Florida" (1). KIP Data Sets and Technical Reports. 99.