Towards an understanding of human influences on the biogeochemistry of inland waters in a tropical coastal city.
Jorge R. Ortiz-Zayas, Harold Manrique-Hernández, Hamlet Perez, Sheila Soler, and Aristides Martínez
Puerto Rico is the second most densely populated island in the Caribbean and the one with the highest GDP of the neotropics. Its rapid socioeconomic development was supported by intensive development of its surface water resources. There is a growing concern that existing rates of water use are ecologically unsustainable under plausible scenarios of population growth and climate and land use change. We have identified four projects in our research group that are aligned with the goals of the San Juan ULTRA Project. Already, some of these students interested in applied limnological research have been able to define research questions to address some of the most pressing issues affecting the water resources and the aquatic ecosystems located in the San Juan Metropolitan Area. The outcome of these projects have direct management applications.