Welcome to the Florida Environmental Interface
In addition to improving access to the collections and research in the USF Special and Digital Collections, the focus of this portal is to organize, categorize, and synthesize current and historical information related to the environments of Florida. When most people think of Florida, sunny skies, blue waters, and white beaches come to mind. Florida’s ecosystem, however, is vastly more complex. There have been several efforts to manage land development in a responsible way, balancing the needs of the human population with Florida’s unique wildlife and fisheries, sound water management practices, and environmental conservation. Florida’s prevalence of limestone creates an interesting karst topography, resulting in cave and sinkhole formations. With a variety of concentrations and exhibitions, these collections focus on the flora, fauna, and numerous geological and geographical aspects of Florida.
Atmosphere of Florida
The air is more than just the sky above and there have been a multitude of USF and local research projects to help us all learn more about this part of our environment. This portal provides access to Audubon and aviary collections, as well as links to growing research projects in the study of weather, ecology and our local environment. Look here for more informative content on the air and space of Florida.
Hydropshere of Florida
Water surrounds, runs through, and even under, much of the great state of Florida. USF and the USF Libraries have long contributed to the study and conservation of important water bodies, and processes. In this area, stay informed about USF research efforts related to the good (like coastal remediation and conservation) and the bad (sinkholes and environmental disasters) of our local waterways and environments.
Biosphere of Florida
Florida increased its recognition, population, and even political power through the strength of its early agricultural prowess. While things have changed through the years, these industries, as well as the many related studies and research projects, play an important part in Florida and the state economy. From citrus and cattle to land use and reclamation, research in this area is varied and integral to our continued environmental improvement and success.