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Long-Term Trends in Seagrass beds in Mosquito Lagoon Abstract Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) at Kennedy Space Center has been monitored since 1983 utilizing fixed transects, aerial photography and GIS. Analysis of the yearly transect data (1983-1995) and GIS maps from 1989, 1992 and 1995 have shown a long-term decline in SAV throughout these waters. Introduction Kennedy Space Center has been conducting baseline studies in Mosquito Lagoon since the 1970’s in preparation for the shuttle la
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  Long-Term Trends inSeagrassbeds inMosquito Lagoon  Abstract Submerged Aquatic Vegetation(SAV) at Kennedy Space Center has beenmonitored since 1983 utilizing fixedtransects, aerial photography and GIS.Analysis of the yearly transect data(1983-1995) and GIS maps from 1989,1992 and 1995 have shown a long-termdecline in SAV throughout these waters.  Introduction Kennedy Space Center has been conducting baseline studies in Mosquito Lagoon since the 1970’s in preparation for the shuttle launch complexes. These datahave provided static glimpses at a local level as to thestatus of environmental parameters. These data haveproven useful for discerning potential threats to theenvironment, as well as potential causes and sources of such threats. This has been accomplished in several ways…..  Introduction SAV have been monitored in these waters since 1983through the use of permanent transects (1983-present),aerial photography and GIS (1983, 1986, 1989, 1992 and1995). Water quality and other environmental parametershave been monitored in parallel to these SAV data sets,providing a local insight as to abiotic factors.An ongoing analysis of the transect data has shown along-term decline in SAV in Mosquito Lagoon, which hassince been corroborated through the analysis of the GISdata layers from 1989, 1992 and 1995.These data layers have shown a decline in SAV in allareas of Mosquito Lagoon.
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