nopp_orgMystery of red tides unveiled in a study funded by the DoD, NSF, Sea Grant & others:
Red tides, phenomena in which algae become so concentrated that they discolor the ocean water, have long evaded scientist's prediction. Also know as harmful algal blooms (HABs), these phenomena can have toxic or harmful effects on people and other organisms. They can have damaging impacts not only on the ecosystem, but also on the economy- HABs can kill fish and make shellfish dangerous to eat, leading to losses in fisheries and aquaculture.
Scientists have sought the causes of HABs for over a century, but the phenomena seemed to occur at random. It was not until a team of researchers from Scripps tried a new approach that scientist were finally able to predict when an HAB would occur. The key was modeling the ecosystem as a dynamic intertwined system, rather than assuming that it was in equilibrium and studying it one piece at a time. By viewing the system more holistically, they could see the number of factors that needed to come together to cause a 'perfect storm' and produce an HAB.
Funding for the study was provided by Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research Program, Lenfest Ocean Program, National Science Foundation, EPA-STAR fellowship program, and the Sea Grant Population Dynamics Fellowship. NSF and the MacArthur Foundation provided partial funding for the station data collection program.
Photo: the Sea of Marmara
Photo Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
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