This paper establishes a spatial framework for the analysis of water quality behavior in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It defines subareas as based upon the variability of circulation behavior and its affect on water quality. The spatial domains are suggested for the aggregation
and analysis of data as affected by the circulation characteristics of the subarea for both strategic and tactical issues. The framework recognizes nine unique circulation regimes as based upon our current understanding of the circulation dynamics within the sanctuary and its surrounding waters.
Application of the framework is viewed as part of an interative process as ongoing research and monitoring provide the basis for its refinement and use in the development of area specific water quality management strategies.
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