Scientists Improve Forecasting of Harmful Algae Blooms

Blue-Green Algae, Cyanophyta, photo/ upenn.edu

New research in the North Atlantic Ocean is helping scientists understand why and when blooms of algae occur, according to the Conservation Law Foundation.

Robots that glide to depths of 1,000 meters underwater or hover near the surface collect information on a regional basis. These devices are now being deployed in the Gulf of Maine.

In the Great lakes region, NOAA recently issued its first ever harmful algal bloom forecast. In the Northeast, networks of stationary buoys currently track data and provide forecasts about a variety of physical conditions.

Someday, ocean gliders may be as common as weather balloons, and harmful algae blooms might be as predictable as the weather.

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