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BELANGER, Thomas V
Marine and Environmental Systems
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Research & Project Interests
Dr. BelangerÂ’s research interests include groundwater/surface water interactions, oxygen dynamics of aquatic systems, sediment/water interactions, limnology, eutrophication and aquatic ecology.
He has been engaged in research studies at Florida Tech to determine accurate methods to measure groundwater contaminant loading to aquatic systems. He has applied these techniques in the field at various on-site detention systems (OSDS) research sites. Dr. Belanger is also concerned with developing reliable field techniques for measuring sediment oxygen demand (SOD) and reaeration in lentic (nonflowing) aquatic systems. Representative research projects include:
Â• Field studies to determine magnitude and importance of groundwater seepage to the Mosquito Lagoon, Fla. (National Park Service)
Â• Lab and field studies to develop a reliable field technique for accurately estimating reaeration in aquatic systems
Â• Modeling and oxygen budget analysis of the Kissimmee River to determine channelization impacts and the cause(s) of periodic fish kills. (South Florida Water Management District)
Â• Site specific determination of the impact of on-site sewage disposal systems on the Indian River Lagoon. (St. JohnÂ’s River Water Management District, National Park Service)
Â• Sediment mapping and analysis of Crystal River/KingÂ’s Bay and Lake Panasoffkee to determine sedimentation rates, sources of sediment and contaminant levels in the sediment. (Southwest Florida Water Management District)
Â• Field studies to determine groundwater/surface water interaction in the Kissimmee River Basin. (South Florida Water Management District)
Sediment Mapping and Analysis
Groundwater/Surface Water Interaction
Marine and Environmental Systems
Ph.D. University of Florida
Dr. Belanger is a member of the Water Pollution Control Federation, American Water Resources Association and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. Dr. Belanger has served as thesis chairman to more than 50 graduate students, and has completed numerous funded research (university and consulting) projects for various private, state and federal agencies. His teaching duties at Florida Tech include courses in limnology, water resources, climatology, environmental planning and environmental impact assessment.
Belanger, T.V., H.H. Heck, M. Sohn, P.R. Sweets, M. Morris and N. Julien, 1995. Selected Sediment Analysis to Answer Lake Management Questions: A Case Study for Lake Panasoffkee, Florida. Chemistry and Ecology 2: 229-254.
Belanger, T.V. and R.M. Kirkner, 1994. Groundwater/Surfacewater Interactions in a Florida Augmentation Lake. Lake and Reservoir Mgmt. 8(2): 121-133.
Belanger, T.V. and M.E. Montgomery, 1992. Seepage Meter Errors. Limnol. Oceanography 37(8): 1787-1795.
Belanger, T.V. and E.A. Korzun, 1991. Critique of the Floating Dome Technique for Estimating Reaeration Rates. ASCE Journal of Env. Eng. 117(1): 144-155.
Belanger, T.V. and D.V. Scheidt, 1989. Effects of Nutrient Enrichment on the
Florida Everglades. Lake and Reservoir Management 5(1): 101-111.
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